Capcom Europe To See Lay-Offs To Half Its Staff

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Capcom Europe are undergoing a restructuring that will see the company shed half its staff and merge certain jobs, according to an MCVUK report.

 

“Following a restructure at its US operation, Capcom’s European organisation is currently evaluating its structure to ensure it is in the best position to take advantage of the changing market conditions the industry is facing,” a Capcom spokesperson said.

 

Capcom’s western branches have suffered as a result of a number of the company’s big titles failing to meet expectations, according to MCV’s report. Earlier in the year, Capcom USA, too, suffered lay-offs, and the resignation of its Senior Vice-President, Christian Svensson.

 

Prior to the lay-offs, Capcom announced that they were re-evaluating a number of work-in-progress projects, in the face of lower-than-expected sales for some of their games, such as Resident Evil 6 and DmC Devil May Cry. This re-evaluation involved cancelling certain games that were slated for release in 2014 and beyond.

 

Going forward, Capcom intend to increase their focus on the sale of downloadable content, in order to increase the longevity of each game they develop. The company also recently released Monster Hunter 4, which is well on its way to beating its sales forecast of 2.8 million copies sold by March 31st, 2014.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.