Capcom’s Svensson: “PC Gaming’s Profile Is Growing At Capcom”

By Ishaan . April 29, 2011 . 4:38pm

Fighting games site, Event Hubs, have been keeping a close eye as always on Capcom’s forums, and came across a thread with Capcom USA VP, Christian Svensson, answering a question from a fan about the company’s plans for the PC platform. The question, and Svensson’s response, were as follows:

 

Why is PC gaming not taken seriously by Capcom Japan? — Mike

 

Svensson: I’m reading this question a little differently, more as a plea for more support.

 

The push for PC gaming within Capcom over the years has been lead by a select few people (I’m one, putting my money where my mouth is with my forecasts… [Jun] Takeuchi-san is another huge supporter on the development side). From the moment I walked in nearly six years ago, I viewed PC as extremely important for the company, not just to grow a new audience for our brands, but because of what the PC market teaches a company.

 

Our technology on all of our platforms is informed by and pushed on the PC. Engineering insights from Intel and Nvidia have helped make MT Framework the powerhouse that it is, which has helped us on nearly any/every platform, from high-end PC to X360/PS3 to smart phones and 3DS.

 

Being a global company means bringing your content to all platforms. As we continue to expand our businesses in Russia, China, Korea and Brazil, the PC becomes increasingly important as it is the primary platform in those territories.

 

Over the years, the producers continue to learn lessons about the PC  gaming market and how it differs from that which they know well on the console side of the house. Please understand, the PC gaming market in Japan is rather small historically (though in recent years, it is growing rather quickly especially in the online space) so their personal experiences with PC gaming are often different from those of Western developers.

 

But PC gaming’s profile is growing at Capcom. Both I in the US and our European team continue to request PC SKUs for new titles. We’ve got more titles coming with PC versions than ever before (e.g. RE: Operation Racoon City, Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, Super Street Fighter IV: AE, etc.). At greenlight meetings, our Japanese COO is often one of the first people to ask the producer for a PC version.

 

So while I understand your view and I’m not promising immediate parity on all projects from now on, things are getting better and better for Capcom fans who are PC gamers.

 

It should also be noted that, while a PC version of Dragon’s Dogma hasn’t been announced, the game’s producer, Hiroyuki Kobayashi, recently stated in a video Q&A that, should demand for a PC version arise, Capcom will consider releasing one.



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  • http://twitter.com/Paradox_me Paradox me

    I really like what Capcom’s been doing on PC lately. Devil May Cry 4, Resident Evil 5 and Street Fighter IV were all excellent on PC.

    Mega Man Legends and Mega Man X series were also pretty good, though I opted for their console versions.

  • malek86

    This is good to hear. Japanese companies never cared much about the PC, unfortunately…

    • PrinceHeir

      well they’re pretty much exclusive to Visual Novel Games, Doujin fighting games, dating sims, and shumps(kinda like the 360)

      read that steam is playable there though the titles in the store are only half of what is available compared to US or Europe.

      but you can actually play your US/Europe games if you downloaded them in that region and ship your computer in japan. regardless if it’s a japanese IP your using(some case it won’t work, games like Modern Warfare 2 but that probably has something to do with Square Enix)

      so yeah, capcom is probably the only company that have the money and time to put their games on PC. i doubt Namco, Konami, SNK, Sega would risk putting their titles on PC. thought at least Square is putting Deus Ex HR(which is already a given) and Sega with Phantasy Star Online 2 in PC.

      i actually want to play Valkyria Chronicles, End of Eternity, Tekken 6, Tekken Tag 2 on PC. doubt about any of these titles except maybe Tekken Tag 2 getting a PC port.

      • NaelAM

        Tekken Tag 2 getting a PC port? Not likely. Remember, it’s Street Fighter X Tekken (the Capcom-developed game) that’s getting a PC version, not Tekken X Street Fighter (the Namco-developed game).

        • PrinceHeir

          actually Street Fighter X Tekken got canned(at least it was a mistake in a sheet faq) they might make a PC version but as of now it’s still undecided

          http://shoryuken.com/content/error-correction-street-fighter-x-tekken-should-not-have-been-listed-pc-4247/

          maybe Super Street Fighter X Tekken.

          well i haven’t seen a Namco PC game so yeah :(

          • Zefux

            Imagine Namco Bandai bringing Tales games over to PC…!

          • malek86

            I would be all over that. JRPGs on the PC have become way too rare. The only one this gen was Last Remnant, i think.

          • lostinblue

            I recall Tales of Eternia Online.

          • http://myanimelist.net/profile/Kuronoa Kuronoa

            Probably less of a chance of localization than consoles. :( Though I guess easier for fan translations?

            I would like to see more JRPGs for PC (or very least take a chance on Falcom like Xseed is doing). I’d get excited for PC gaming. I would of been sooner if some of these Korean games weren’t MMO. More of a single player gamer.

          • NaelAM

            Oops, didn’t see that on SRK when I posted that comment. Oh well.

      • TrevHead

        Yea there seems to be a number of UK devs now in Japanese hands (ill add The Creative Assembly with their Total War IP and the Football Manager devs/ IP now owned by Sega)

  • Code

    Capcomm, Monster Hunter Frontier would be an excellent place to start zwz~!

    • PrinceHeir

      add Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition, a new Monster Hunter Frontier with a new engine(Lost Planet 2 would be nice) and bigger areas, Marvel Vs Capcom 3(Super would be much better) and Dragon’s Dogma please :)

      and also Street Fighter X Tekken(Super would be preferrable)

      • Code

        The only engine Monster Hunter needs is, Monster Hunter. Saying it needs LP2′s engine is like saying chess would be better if it played more like laser tag omo;

        • malek86

          Doesn’t LP2 run on the MT Framework 2.0? That seems a pretty light-weight engine. I wouldn’t mind seeing it used in more games.

          • PrinceHeir

            i think most capcom games used the engine. DMC4, RE5 Gold Edition, Lost Planet, Super Street Fighter IV, Marvel vs Capcom 3.

            so yeah a Monster Hunter game with the engine would be awesome :P

  • PrinceHeir

    is Dead Rising 2 Off the Record is similarly to SSFIV and RE5 Gold Edition? same story but added tweaks, modes, and additional story?

    • Code

      You basically play DR2 but as Frank West re-imagining of the events, as if he had of been the star, so basically more content, and more Frank West owo’

      • PrinceHeir

        oh i see, but can you also play the original story?

        • Code

          The better question is, why would you wanna? Frank’s interpretation can only be better >w<;

          • PrinceHeir

            well i wanna see what’s the difference :D

            but yeah i would probably need to buy the original version for that

          • http://twitter.com/Zufield Zufield

            Because Chuck Greene is just as awesome as Frank West?

          • Code

            Point totally missed omo;

  • Locklear93

    My question would be whether their idea of PC gaming and my idea of PC gaming line up. A number of Japanese developers are showing increased interest in PC social network games, and Atlus in particular has its whole Atlus Online thing going on, but those aren’t going to get my attention at all.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      I think in Japan and Asia, their idea of PC gaming deals more with the online realm, but in the U.S. and Europe, it does look like they want to release their traditional games on PC as well.

  • dragonzoonslayer

    MONSTER HUNTER GLOBAL is enough
    nothing more, nothing less

  • xxx128

    I will be definitly purchasing Super Street Figher AE this summer for PC as the current generation of home consoles has me completely unimpressed.
    Of course i will after all these months of begging. lol. Good stuff, love ya all.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Leafy_Cam Leafhopper

    I am really glad to hear this. Gaming on the PC is much more convenient for me. Since I can take my laptop on the go and going back and forward to college. Steam is very handy.

    Also before you say “Gaming laptop” I am not daft I know a laptop is not AMAZING for gaming but I dont play on Ultra High settings on everything as long as I can get medium to high settings on most games I dont mind.

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