Capcom Is Clamping Down
Capcom is finally feeling the pinch after some failed games and is looking to do some major restructuring in order to stay alive and avoid becoming the next THQ, if Square Enix doesn’t beat them to it. The plan involves the cancellation of multiple unannounced games and giving up on the publisher’s vision of collaborating more frequently with overseas developers.
The corporation told investors that, for the financial year ended March 31, it has discontinued projects “due to delays in responding to the digital contents and the resulting inability to address market needs”. As a result, Capcom has halved its profit forecast for the upcoming year.
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Executives suggested the outsourcing development to foreign studios would no longer be feasible so expect Capcom to go back to doing things in-house. What this means for rebooted franchises such as DmC which was created by Ninja Theory is still unknown. However, the company’s two main goals going forward are to “strengthen digital strategies” and “raise game quality by moving more game development in-house”.
Raising development quality would be much appreciated although I’m not so sure if Capcom’s in-house devs are capable of that on a regular basis anymore. It also criticised development operations for a “delayed response to the expanding digital contents market” and “a decline in quality due to excessive outsourcing”.
Despite all this, Capcom enjoyed a successful fiscal 2013 thanks mostly to the release of Resident Evil 6 and the publisher expects even higher sales from the upcoming year which means you can expect a release from one of their major franchises before April 2014.
What’s your stance on Capcom? Sure, they’re the bastards of the gaming industry but would you miss their franchises?