Looking to secure 50% of business sales on PC
According to recent comments from one of its top bosses, legendary developer / publisher Capcom is looking to make the PC a flagship platform for its products in the years to come.
Speaking in a Japanese publication Nikkei, (translated and summarized by VGC), Capcom President of Operations Haruhiro Tsujimoto noted that the continued incredible success of games such as Resident Evil 7 and Monster hunter world urged the publisher to strengthen its global PC business. By the end of 2022, Capcom hopes to see PC sales represent 50% of its annual revenue.
“At this year’s Tokyo Game Show, we focused on showing the PC version of Monster Hunter Rise, and I think people will be able to experience the change in our approach, ”Tsujimoto said of the new direction of the company. “The pandemic is changing the way people look at PCs. Smartphones are handy, but their screens are small and touchscreens difficult to use, so they’re not suitable for work from home or classes. I think PCs will be the next big thing after smartphones. The PC can also play high quality games, so the number of PC users is expected to increase as PC understanding increases.
It might seem a little strange to see Tsujimoto talking about the PC platform as if it were some high tech form (“PC understanding”, really?), But, given that it comes from ‘a game publisher – many who think the smartphone is the while ending up with financial success – then the idea of the PC as a leading gaming format might rightfully sound like some sort of untapped, undiscovered land.
Capcom has been characterized as a console company since the 90s, thanks to a fantastic catalog of arcade-style titles. But like recent successes such as Monster Hunter World, Devil May Cry V, and the resident Evil the remakes and sequels have all met with flawless success on Steam, it looks like Capcom is finally taking action to pivot its current and future catalog to PC.
This is obviously excellent news. More the merrier, the merrier. But still, Capcom, there is Denuvo’s little business …