Captivate is an annual event held by leading Japanese publisher, Capcom. Last year, it played host to the likes of Dragon’s Dogma, a Japanese-developed game designed to draw in western audiences, and DmC, a Japanese series given a western reboot. It sent a strong message of the company’s desire to mix eastern and western development, and this year’s event will be no different, the company hopes.
“You’ll see us announce some more in the not-so-distant future. Suffice to say, we have not at all stepped away [from Western developer partnerships],” Capcom’s Christian Svensson recent told Gamasutra. “We have sought to improve on our working process, our collaborative process, we have sought to improve upon the quality of the teams with which we work.”
One of the major examples of this type of collaboration, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, is out later this month. Once that’s out we can really decide if this new direction is working.