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Capcom Decline in Quality

Capcom is on a very rocky path as they revise their sales forecast on a number of their hit brands for 2013. If that wasn’t enough, they may react to the decrease in expected sales by increasing DLC tactics for future games or worse, cancel some upcoming projects or more as they look at internal restructuring.

Source – Eurogamer.net

With the new revisions in their sales forecast for the year, Capcom has identified three reasons for the further revisions as noted by Eurogamer: a “delayed response to the expanding digital contents market”; “insufficient coordination between the market and the game development divisions in overseas markets”; and “decline in quality due to excessive outsourcing”.

As someone who worked in the video game industry, Capcom will likely try to circumvent these bumps in the roads in what they call “countermeasures”. Ideally, if retail sails fall short of expectations, then something has to pick up the slack. Capcom thinks increasing DLC is the way to go along with shifting to internal R&D and evaluating work-in-progress games as part of a business restructure to pick up the slack.

What Does This Mean For Capcom?

Cancelled games or upcoming updates for one. They could cancel a number of work-in-progress games or possibly even upcoming updates on the block that we know or don’t know about. Yes, this could very well mean the upcoming changes to Street Fighter IV or even anything else in the pipeline for new fighting games regardless if they are outsourced or not.

I say this because one may have to do with the other when you cancel contracts with external studios and bring more development in house. There is a reason it’s outsourced and that’s more than likely because Capcom does not have enough resources in-house to do everything they want. That means internally, a shift in production that could pull resources  of in-house development that may or may not be working on the fighting games to meet the demands of this restructure.

However, this entirely depends if they continue to develop the games they pull from external developers too. They could very well just cut ropes on current projects and complete everything else the promised this year. It’s all up in the air until we know more about the result of their business restructure and what that entails.

Increased DLC or even new forms of DLC for future or current games. SFxT already had a bad start with DLC. Even today, you have to buy DLC just to play the game in most instances because you can’t unlock all the characters for free nor attain all the gems when purchased. We could see more of those types of tactics going forward on an increased scale or worse, new forms of DLC that have not been tested in the current market that could piss even more existing or new customers off. Therefore, if you were hoping to not be nickled and dimed with future Capcom games, then think again.

Whatever may happen, I hope Capcom comes out of this without increasing DLC or cancelling any projects for their fighting game segments.

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Glen is a 8-year video game industry professional with over 10 AAA accredit titles under his belt. Currently, he is a practicing developer and data scientist within the digital marketing industry.
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