Capcom Constructing Two New R&D Buildings For Next-Gen And Social Games

By Ishaan . April 14, 2014 . 9:30am

Capcom have begun construction on two brand new R&D buildings located near its Osaka head office, the company announced this morning. These two buildings will be outfitted with a motion capture room, a studio for producing and recording sound, multi-purpose spaces that can accommodate over a hundred people, and other facilities.

 

Capcom cited the strong digital focus of next-generation consoles and the spread of social games as two factors that influenced this decision. Here’s what they said:

 

The appearance of next-generation consoles with a variety of network functions has shifted the focus of sales from conventional package software to digitally distributed content. The profit structure and business model are changing at an increasing speed as a result. Furthermore, the popularity of social games due to the widespread use of smartphones is enabling games to reach more user segments and enlarging the entire game market.

 

To succeed in this challenging environment, Capcom has been focusing resources on strategic and growing areas under a policy of selection and concentration in order to operate with speed and flexibility. Constructing these new R&D buildings will make game development operations more efficient by centralizing these operations and upgrading speed and control.

 

Another goal, Capcom say, is to improve the quality of their games while keeping development costs down, by accumulating development technologies and other knowledge. Once again, the company plans to hire 2,500 new employees (at the rate of 100 every year) by 2022, in order to gain a competitive advantage in the space of PC Online and Mobile games.


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  • https://www.youtube.com/user/narutops2xbox/videos Black Koshinomi

    lets hope something good happens outta this

  • Anime10121

    Hopefully they actually up their internally developed home console output with these, but considering construction is just starting, I can see it being years before the effects of this start actually happening :(

  • Aaron K Stone

    Um weren’t they just saying that mobile games didn’t make as much money as they hoped.

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

      No, they said that the profits from their mobile division aren’t being reflected as yet, since they’ve been making changes to that division.

      • Aaron K Stone

        Oh ok cheers.

      • Godmars

        And yet they seem to be committing more and more money towards something they’ve yet to see anything tangible.

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

          It’s a growing sector, dude. As a fiscally responsible company, it’s kind of their job to explore it.

          • Godmars

            How have they been fiscally responsible considering the shape they’re in? As far as I’ve heard that out of 100 projects maybe 5 might realize a profit.

            Nevermind that since we are only talking money, if such ventures even do pay off that means the money hats of the company will only become more reluctant in approving larger project. Continue to do what they have been doing which is either play things safe, or exploit the names of old IPs.

          • TrevHead

            Isnt that flopped Treasure game owned by Capcom? It seems that they are really desperate for some new cash cows and are willing to spend a crap ton of money to get them.

  • David García Abril

    I hope they use some space to expand their localization department.

    I’ve been intending to apply there for a while now, but their localization team is very small, specially for non-English translations.

  • TheHolypopeofgaming

    So much for Capcom being Broke

  • https://twitter.com/Onyzora Ony

    Facebook Monster Hunter Saga.

    And this would be the end of Capcom.

  • Dragon era

    How do you hire 2500 people at a rate of 100 a year in 8 years? I hope their business plans work out better than their math.

    • Anime10121

      LOL XD

      I think its at least 100 a year though :P

      • Dragon era

        I suppose the other option is they will start hiring 2500 people on 2022. You’re probably right about it being at least 100 people though.

  • idrawrobots

    Come one F2P Megaman dating sim.

  • Stephen Mc Devitt

    Knowing of Capcom’s financial troubles and how one social game could be done by one or two guys into a single room, this is obviously not a smart decision from Capcom.

    Capcom will not survive this generation.

    • Godmars

      Certainty sounds like a “WTF” move.

    • Tarkovsky

      Haha another ignorant fella who just listens to everything some random fellas say on the net. Capcom are not going anywhere anytime soon, if anything, they have grown over the past 10 years. They are a publicly traded company, go to their financials document and check for yourself. A bankrupting company will not be developing a next gen inhouse engine, building 2 new buildings and hiring 2500 people. Please learn to think for yourself and do your research before trusting some random source.

      • Stephen Mc Devitt

        Nope. Capcom has made so many bad decisions, it’s highly unlikely they’ll survive this generation.

        Personally, I’ll be glad when the companies croaks giving out old executives treat beloved IP with no respect.

        • Tarkovsky

          Eh… You can’t deny hard facts here. Oh well, continue to hate on Capcom then. They will be here to stay.

        • Josecoolfun

          Capcom can make megaman x9-megaman x100 better than megaman x-megaman x8 because technology is getting better every day,people are getting smarter everyday,people want a lot of new games for the days,months,and years to finish
          fast,new creative ideas and new sound effects from new games and remixed themes from old games and new games, and the discovery of trillions of new planets and trillions of new galaxies from better telescopes and better technologies are going to let game developers and game companies make a lot of new and better games at a faster time for everybody to have fun for a lot of years for as long as they want

      • Josecoolfun

        People’s new ideas and new facts of knowledge have become endless possibilities for everybody and sooner or later a lot of new fun games are going to be created and be part of history whether you like it or not.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/kaishou Kaishou

      If it hasn’t hit you by now, most Japanese social games isn’t meant to be targeted for westerner but we all like to think that it does for argument sake.

      As much as I don’t like social game I do think it’s stupid to spout rubbish like “could be done by one or two guys in a single room” because fuck developing is a hassle even for the simplest project,

    • Josecoolfun

      Capcom is going to survive because soon everybody is going to become a know-it-all from new creative ideas and new facts of knowledge and everybody is going to wear smartwear technology like google glass,virtual reality headset,smartwatches,smarter and better smartphones,even ear rings, chain necklaces,tounge rings and finger rings and braces for people who wear braces on their teeths and every part of clothes wear like shirts,pants,underwears,boxers,breeths,socks,sneakers,hats,bandanas,rags and durags to use better and smarter technologies,told to eat healthier foods that makes their memory better,told to eat healthier foods to look younger,stay younger,and live longer until age 200 for
      they can make a lot of new games at a faster time for a lot of years

      • Stephen Mc Devitt

        Only $150,000,000 left and $40,000,000 of it is being spent on social mobile smartphone games! Capcom is going to lose.

        P.S. I like your sense of sarcasm.

        • Tarkovsky

          Jeezus. 150M is cash on hand which has been the same since over 10 years ago. It’s a cash reserve in case of emergency. They have at least 7 times more cash than that. Stop being so bloody ignorant. You’re making yourself sound like a HUGE HUGE fool. Your hate for Capcom has made you look really stupid.

  • http://thespellcraftcolumn.wordpress.com Rudolph Consuegra

    Bad move as usual.

  • urbanscholar

    why…so they can end up firing more people in the future

  • Ash_Riot

    I see them and Konami merging in the future. They’re both living on borrowed time now.

    • Godmars

      Given that neither company has anyone competent at the helm, I can’t see anything good happening from them getting together.

  • megaten666

    Just give me a Sengoku Basara 4 expansion before you go bankrupt, Capcom :/

  • CRUSHING

    Friendly reminder that Capcom will blithely throw money into the Speculation Pit before they would make MML3.

    • Tarkovsky

      Making more Megaman games is what’s going to bankrupt them. Might I
      remind you how many people backed Might No. 9? 67k worldwide. Watch Gunvolt flop hard even though it’s going to be an awesome game. Cancelling MML3 was a good business decision even though it wasn’t a popular one. You need to look at things from a business point of view.

      • Ferrick

        what does the amount of people backing to MN9, and gunvolt effect anything Capcom related? And cancelling MML3 wasn’t a good business decision as well, especially the method that capcom used to break it to fans, don’t say “look at things from a business point of view” when you yourself are not even looking things via a business point of view

        • Tarkovsky

          Really? Why would I, if I were a game company, continue developing a game franchise that has sold lower and lower every iteration. Why did you think Infanue went the Kickstarter route with Might No. 9 when he has developed other games without using that platform. Simple, he wasn’t sure if it would make money and didn’t want to take the risk. Another thing to note is this, nobody and I mean nobody, especially hardcore MM fans, would be happy even if Capcom decides to develop a new MM(even if it was good) now. Why? Because there’s nobody to spearhead the project and people, especially hardcore fans are always whining about change. Nobody wants a Megaman game not developed by Inafune so Capcom would just be wasting money developing one now.

          • Ferrick

            you know, for someone who says “look through business point of view” you sure do speculate alot. sure he has developed games not under KS, but have you not thought for a second that perhaps his other games were funded by others to create? Take Soul Sacrifice for an example, that one is funded by SCEJ, MN9 on the other hand, is funded by backers. and that’s obvious, especially considering on what capcom has done to most of it’s IPs, i doubt that people would want them, Megaman Xover is one such example.

          • Tarkovsky

            Yep. Gunvolt and MN9 are both co dev by Intl Creates. So why is Gunvolt not Kickstarted? You’re the one not doing research. And what you just said made all Megaman fans, like yourself, sound like hypocrites. You want Megaman yet are pissed at Capcom even though you know they’re going to do a bad job? wtf is this? Then please stop asking for more Megaman sheesh. I still see countless we want more Megaman posts on forums everywhere.

            Also, do you honestly believe that MN9 is 100% financed by backers? I can tell you now that they already had the cash to work on the project. KS was just to test whether or not the project was profitable.

            Your hate for Capcom has really affected your ability to think.

          • Zero_Destiny

            I’m going to stop you guys here. It’s been going on for the past couple of days and you’re just going in circles. Move on to greener pastures, buds.

            We got to the point where we’re getting personal with one each other too, and not just here ether, so yeah, we’re done either way now, alright. If you can’t respect the other members of the community then there’s the door.

  • $102983366

    Wouldn’t it be wiser just to rent or buy existing buildings?

  • Yan Zhao

    So Capcom isnt doing well financially yet here they are burning tons of cash on 2 new buildings, one of which are for social-games. Lol ok. You totally need a building for that.

  • hazelnut1112

    They are still going all out with their mobile games even though they said that was one of the things that hurt them?
    What the hell is seriously wrong with Capcom?
    They must be high on some pretty good stuff to make them still feel delusional.

  • monkey king

    It’s funny how people think Capcom is anywhere close to being “broke”, they have like 310 million dollars cash on hand and in banks, and their total assets are close to 1 billion, with profits being anywhere between 20-30 million every year.

    Newsflash, their games actually do sell, no matter how much anyone dislikes them or dislikes the company, or even when they report “sluggish” sales.

  • Abel_Nightroad

    So how far these buildings will be from the Platinum Games one ?

  • http://arumiinn.tumblr.com _Aliceeee_

    oh Capcom…you wanna build buildings but not bring MegaMan back? What a Shame….

  • kandori

    Where did the idea that Capcom was in financial trouble come from anyway? According to their financials, which are publicly available on their JP website, they’ve had more or less the same amount of money in the bank for the past thirteen years, and their assets are consistently growing. Is it just part of the Capcom hate train that’s so popular nowadays?

    • nonscpo

      Probably but in all fairness they deserve all the hate their getting, besides console games productions are through the roof so now all it takes is one or two bad games to Finnish a company.

    • Tarkovsky

      You my friend are a smart fella. Kudos.

  • Tarkovsky

    I can’t believe people are still so stupid and ignorant to believe that Capcom are going bankrupt. Go to their financials page and look it up yourself instead of trusting some random source. A bankrupting company will not be developing a next gen inhouse game engine, building 2 new buildings and hiring 2500 people. If anything they have grown over the past 10 years. People please learn how to think for yourselves and do your own research. You can hate Capcom or you want, feel free go ahead. But saying they are anywhere near in the red is just plain laughable.

    • Daggerfall

      i just looked at their report and their investors want to let any company to buy their shares from capcom.

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