Capcom Expects Next-gen Development Costs to “soar”
Capcom told investors at the latest investor meeting that they full expect the cost of development to rise significantly with the next round of consoles.
“Development costs are projected to soar as advanced and multiple functions are added to hardware,” the company explained to its investors as part of today’s fiscal results. “Business alliances and consolidations may therefore occur in increasing numbers.”
Capcom has stated that they plan to develop more titles in-house to combat these rising costs. They also think that there will be a drought of new games developed on the new consoles before they go in fully. Lost Planet 3, Ducktails, and Resident Evil Revelations are the only games the firm is releasing this year. Suggesting that their next generation efforts will not be front loaded.
“Even though a full line-up of new home video game consoles will eventually be released, the industry is likely to be in a period of scant new product releases over the near future.”
I can see why Capcom doesn’t want to jump fully into “next-gen” development. The costs will be high, and the success of the machines is questionable at this point. However, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate sales have shown that people are willing to buy great games no matter how they look.
Capcom can develop Monster Hunter 4 and other safe bets on Wii U first, lower cost and a set install base. Then when the PS4 and Xbox 720 establish their ground, develop for those systems as well.Mario Kart Double Dash Final Fantasy Vs 13 PS4 to Block Used Games 2 Wishlist on PS4? Via NFC Tech? Playeressence Original Next Generation News All the Top Gaming News Content & Shows Central, All info here For the day here