How much does it cost to enter the next generation? For Capcom, that cost is a whopping $78 million.
On April 14th, 2014, the mega publisher announced the construction of two Research & Development buildings in Japan in an attempt to enter the mindset of the current generation.
In a press release, Capcom stated why these two buildings were necessary:
"The appearance of next-generation consoles with a variety of network functions has shifted the focus of sales from conventional package software to digitally distributed content. The profit structure and business model are changing at an increasing speed as a result. Furthermore, the popularity of social games due to the widespread use of smartphones is enabling games to reach more user segments and enlarging the entire game market."
Capcom goes on to state that "The two buildings will enable Capcom to utilize its outstanding game development skills even more effectively. Capcom is determined to use the new facilities to create highly original games that can meet the expectations of users."
After the constant delays of Deep Down, it seems like a move such as this could potentially help Capcom rise to the development needs of the current generation; either that, or cause the bankruptcy of the company as $78 million is a lot to spend for a company that has had recent financial troubles.
Only time will tell.
Article by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 4/18/2014