Capcom plans to shift new game development to Japan, existing franchises to the west

In the Q&A where Capcom predicted the decline in current-gen software prices as the hardware prices drop further, the company also revealed what their plans with involving western developers in the future are.

Pointing to their experience with the so-so Bionic Commando, a title developed by the now closed GRIN, Capcom says outsourcing the development of a new game to overseas companies has proven to be difficult. But, “we cannot develop a sufficient number of titles without using the resources of these companies” — a reason to continue using these relationships. To that end, the company is “considering ways to separate the roles of activities in Japan and overseas” and plans to create most of their new titles in Japan while established games may get the western touch.

“We plan to develop new titles primarily in Japan. Overseas companies may be used mostly to develop titles for existing game series with well-established characters and universal themes. Overseas companies will also handle certain parts and/or lineups of such games.”