Capcom may ship established franchise development overseas

The company also states title delays as

Capcom has decided to keep its new IPs in Japan and, in the process, may move established and well-known franchises to overseas studios, according to a Q&A session on the company’s investor relations site. While no executives are named in the Q&A document, it pertains to a phone meeting with analysts.

"Our experience with Bionic Commando has demonstrated the difficulty of outsourcing the development of new title to overseas companies," a Capcom representative said in the document. "Nevertheless, we cannot develop a sufficient number of titles without using the resources of these companies."

The representative then went on to explain the new responsibilities for the studios.

"We plan to develop new titles primarily in Japan," stated the representative. "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."

Someone in the session also asked the representative about Capcom’s decision to delay its major titles into the next fiscal year. All of those titles, including Lost Planet 2 and Super Street Fighter 4, are without an official release date.

"This was a strategic decision," the representative answered. "Capcom uses an approach that combines management and development to reach various decisions. Consequently, we would not decide to postpone the launch of a title for reasons that involve only the game development side of our business."

[Capcom Q&A Session*]

*Source is a .PDF file


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Mike has been playing games for over two decades. His earliest memories are of shooting ducks and stomping goombas on NES, and over the years, the hobby became one of his biggest passions. Mike has worked with GamerNode as a writer and editor since 2009, giving you news, reviews, previews, a voice on the VS Node Podcast, and much more.

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