In a packed community update, Halo developer Bungie has revealed that Capcom R&D chief Keiji Inafune paid the studio a visit and has expressed an interest in the two companies working together.
Interviewed by Bungie staff, the creator of Mega Man and producer of Onimusha and Dead Rising said: "I wanted to come down to Bungie in order to see just how well our philosophies on game design matched up. If things clicked, I know it would be interesting to collaborate together on a title in the future."
There's no suggestion that this was anything other than an informal visit - but then again, if Keiji Inafune came round your house, you would show him what you were working on, wouldn't you? And the Capcom exec certainly came away impressed.
"Visiting Bungie was a great experience because I got to see just how passionate everyone, even the marketing staff and high-level execs were toward designing high-quality games," Inafune enthused.
"I'm not just blowing smoke, I really got that vibe from almost every creator I met when I visited. It was a great visit because it helped motivate me to push Capcom to that same quality bar so that we make games that can compete with Bungie. It's a good thing to see the friendly competition because it helps you set high goals and that is exactly what I have for Capcom.
"Of course, as I mentioned before a Bungie-Capcom collaboration would certainly create something amazing as well... but I guess we'll have to see if the next twenty years holds something that special or not."
Whatever Bungie's next non-Halo project may be, you can be sure you'll have to fight for it, Inafune-san.