It’s Capcom’s turn to look into the crystal ball and predict when the digital revolution will come about. Its answer? About five years from now.
That’s what company SVP Christian Svensson reckons anyways. He told Gamasutra: “I’d like to say that within five years, certainly well north of 50 percent of our revenue will be coming from digital, and significantly higher than [50 percent] of our operating profit will [come from digital].
“And certainly sometime before five years from now, every game will be digital and retail day and date [same release],” Svensson said. “On some platforms that’s already the case, it is on Vita. In Europe, the PlayStation 3 is already that way. I wish it were that way in the States as well. But I’d say that’s an inevitability. No one is really fighting that, but the question is when that will occur.”
Svensson doesn’t necessarily think this shift will spell the death of retail, though, “Retail will always have a place in our future, but I think that five years down the road, the value proposition of retail and publishers will change.
“I think that retail’s role will shift from planned purchase to impulse purchase, predominantly, and planned purchases will increasingly happen online, just for sheer convenience’s sake.”