Capcom Spending $79 Million on New R&D Facilities

April 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Capcom announced that it is building two new research and development facilities in Osaka, Japan. The cost of these new facilities is estimated at around eight billion yen, or $79 million. Construction of the first building (R&D Building S) began in May of 2013 and is expected to be completed by January 2015 at a cost of 2.5 billion yen, or $24.6 million. Construction on the second building (R&D Building N) began this month and is expected to be completed in February 2016 at a cost of 5.5 billion yen, or $54.1 million.

"The two R&D buildings will have a variety of latest facilities," Capcom recently told investors. "Examples include a motion capture room, a studio for producing and recording sound effects, and multi-purpose spaces that can hold more than 100 people."

"The two buildings will enable Capcom to utilize its outstanding game development skills even more effectively. Capcom is determined to use the new facilities to create highly original games that can meet the expectations of users."

In March, Capcom halved its annual net profit forecast, citing weaker than expected performance of its mobile games business, and a "special loss" of approximately five billion yen ($48.6 million) which was categorized as "business structural improvement expenses." We assume some of the costs related to the construction is what the company was talking about.

Source: CVG


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Re: Capcom Spending $79 Million on New R&D Facilities

"The two buildings will enable Capcom to utilize its outstanding game development skills even more effectively. Capcom is determined to use the new facilities to create highly original games that can meet the expectations of users."

What outstanding talent? They've already bled some of their best devs.

What amazes me is that Capcom sits on a massive treasure trove of some of the most well-loved IP in the business, and they are ignoring it to an incredible degree. Not advocating this, but they could literally fire every developer on the payroll and still get by simply by licensing out their core franchises.

It's... it's just shocking, to me. The Clover fiasco was enough of a joke, even if I can understand that Clover's games were often not all that sparkly financially despite being consistently among the best of their generation. But the treatment of the Megaman franchise and the DMC franchise is almost worse, in a way.

The fact that the mere promise of a Megaman-style game and an outstretched hand were enough to physically bury a man in cash speaks to how people feel about the Megaman issues, but the DMC troubles irk me even more deeply. DmC was not a bad game, once you got past the obvious raised middle fingers directed at previous games in the series, and it sounds to me like that one is going to get buried as well. Again.

Re: Capcom Spending $79 Million on New R&D Facilities

I hope this brings them that much closer to collapse.... the sooner they go down and their IPs bought by any other dev the better.


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Re: Capcom Spending $79 Million on New R&D Facilities

Giving that Nintendo is doing the first good thing for Megaman in a long time, I kind of hope Nintendo get it

 
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