We still have our doubts, though: won’t this next-gen sci-fi game, the Pragmata end up like how the PlayStation 4-only Deep Down ended up in the trash bin? (Does anyone remember that Capcom project, though?)
Capcom announced Pragmata in 2020, originally announced as a next-gen title by the Japanese publisher, so there were no plans to release the still highly mysterious sci-fi project on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Then, all we heard was that it was pushed back to 2023, but that’s about it, but it’s understandable in a way, as it was most likely an announcement that was made early, and there was no serious content behind it at the time. (This was the case with the Cyberpunk 2077 announcement a good ten years ago…)
Capcom’s newest financial earnings report mentions Pragmata: “Based on our medium-term goals, as the head of development, I am striving to fulfil my revenue responsibilities by allocating 80% of the development investment budget to steadily developing popular IP series such as Resident Evil and Monster Hunter for various platforms. At the same time, we are also working on creating new IPs utilizing the talent pool we have expanded through our proactive hiring efforts. We recently announced the action-adventure title Pragmata for the new generation of consoles, and we are making steady progress on its development.
Newly hired young employees are given a chance to acquire know-how and skills through hands-on experience in the field as they are assigned to the development of popular IPs and notable titles. Pragmata is just one such endeavour for our young employees. I feel that incorporating the youthful sensibilities of digital natives adds a new appeal to IP,” Capcom’s head of development, Yoichi Egawa, wrote.
Pragmata will launch in 2023 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, and PC. We will likely no longer hear about the game for the rest of the year. It might get a mention or two in future fiscal reports, but a game reveal is likely not happening until E3 next year, unless it shows up at The Game Awards.