Capcom has had difficulty keeping up with the bigger publishers, and there is no getting around how the company you loved when you were a kid could very well be lost forever. Capcom has decided to come clean with its new ambitions and explain why these changes must be made.
Monster Hunter and Street Fighter IV Producer Yoshinori Ono took questions on Capcom’s offical website and spelled out that Capcom’s strategy is now solely based on different regions of the world: Japan, America and Europe, and mainland Asia. The Capcom games you are playing could be very different from the one’s they play on the other side of the globe.
For Japan, Capcom has decided to put all of its efforts into mobile and social gaming, since that is where the trend seems to be heading. Capcom knows that consoles are out of style in Japan and only played by hardcore gamers, and sadly, that is not where the money lies.
“In Japan, for example, home video game consoles enjoy the same amount of popularity among gamers as smartphones and computers. On the other hand, there is little need to focus on game consoles in other Asian countries because they are only used by hardcore gamers. We do intend to continue marketing titles aimed at hardcore gamers, but in general our primary focus in Asia is building up the market for online games.”
However, money does lie in the consoles and high-end PC market in the United States, hence why you will be seeing a lot more Western stylized games like the DmC reboot, Bionic Commando, Lost Planet 3, and the rest of the outsourced games Capcom has pushed out over the years.
“Home video games are the most popular in the North America and Europe, so in that sense it’s like a larger version of the Japanese market. But recently the income gap has widened in certain areas, and there are differences in the attitudes people have towards games, so we need to adapt our services to fit the needs of each group.”
Essentially, those who loved Breath of Fire, Ghosts ‘n Goblins and Mega Man will now enjoy those Japanese franchises from their smartphones and web browsers, but the bigger more profitable series like Resident Evil and Devil May Cry could still be high end. The only difference is that they’ll be much more Western oriented and lack the charm of Japanese games that used to set Capcom apart from the crowd.
Sad, but that is the way of the world. Capcom struggled to keep up, lost a majority of its talented developers, and now have to resort to smaller markets and audiences to stay afloat. It’s just shame that they are sitting on so many iconic franchises which might never see the light of day again, unless its a cheap farming simulation or endless runner.
At least Platinum Games in still afloat and doing their thing.