Tue, Jul 27, 2010 | 11:03 BST
Capcom upping output on major franchises
According to a Nikkei report, Capcom wants to release more games from its big IPs on a yearly basis.
The publisher has said we’ll now see three or four titles from series like Resident Evil and Monster Hunter as a result reducing development times.
Capcom plans to outsource development on such big franchises to western studios, cutting dev time from four years to two or three years.
Already, its given Canadian-based Blue Castle Studios development duties on Dead Rising 2, while it’s rumoured that Enslaved and Heavenly Sword developer Ninja Theory is working on Devil May Cry 5, something NT’s Tameem Antoniades refused to confirm or deny when we chatted to him in May.
Capcom’s western output has had its ups and downs so far: Swedish studio GRIN went bust last year following its Bionic Commando reboot, and Airtight’s Dark Void only managed a poor run.
Capcom president Haruhiro Tsujimota has said that western studios will no longer be working on new IPs from the firm, instead just focussing on sequels.