Capcom’s Consumer Game Business Executive Corporate Officer Katsuhiko Ichii has told investors that the firm is committed to bringing out what it calls high-powered content for gaming platforms. Ichii also announced that the company is “pushing ahead” with the development of some unannounced games. These games will use the new Panta Rhei engine which powers Deep Down. However, this engine looks to be targeting PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, while the MT Framework engine is for Xbox 360, Wii U, PlayStation 3.
“In North America Capcom faces fierce competition in the home video game market, but we’ll continue to put out high-powered content. We intend to enhance our marketing and game development capabilities for next-gen consoles and develop games which attract more users.”
“Essentially we have two policies: Because we’re involved in the field of entertainment, the first would be to “always create new content”. Our second policy is to enhance our existing brands in a way that enables us to “always exceed the expectations of users”. Putting these policies into practice is not an easy thing to do. There are a lot of things that need to be considered, such as technological capabilities and business models. I place the greatest emphasis on whether content offers something that is original or unique. I believe this sense of “originality” is a determining factor in the value and appeal of a brand, and it is what motivates an individual to purchase the product. Technological prowess is no more than a means, and making full use of simply that does not mean you are going to beat the competition in the market. The first thing that needs to be laid out is the vision for a title. Once that is done, the next thing is to deliver unique content for each target region.”
Capcom has released its annual report and says that Monster Hunter 4 sales even took the development team by surprise. The company says that the game was met by overwhelming popularity and created a huge buzz even comparable to a sort of social phenomenon. Thankfully, Capcom announced that the west will be getting Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for Nintendo 3DS sometime in early 2015.
“In the Digital Contents business, in addition to the feature title ”Monster Hunter 4″ (for Nintendo 3DS) being supported by overwhelming popularity, as mentioned above, and creating a huge buzz even comparable to a sort of social phenomenon, ”Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen” (for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360) also steadily increased sales.”
“Furthermore, projected sales were basically achieved for not only ”Dead Rising 3″ (for Xbox One) that has been geared toward the European and North American markets, ”Resident Evil Revelations” (for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC), but also ”Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies” (for Nintendo 3DS).”
“Furthermore, the downloadable versions, which respond to changes in forms of distribution, contributed to expansion of sales by growing significantly both overseas and domestically in line with the progress in diversification of business models, including the better-than-expected performance of ”DuckTales: Remastered” for overseas markets in addition to the aforementioned ”Monster Hunter 4″ showing strong sales.”
Capcom’s Yoshinori Ono has revealed that the company may bring its online subscription-based Monster Hunter game to the west. The news was announced during an internal interview with the company. Monster Hunter Frontier G was released last year in Japan.
“The letter ‘G’ in the title implies it’s compatible with a wide range of platforms, including PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox 360, and PC. We’re also planning to extend this support to PlayStation Vita.”
“The reason why we have increased our support for so many hardware platforms is because we have our sights set on distributing services for this game in the future outside Japan. We simply can’t release a game as it is, but need to adapt all the necessary services to the unique characteristics of each region. In preparation for that, we’ve broadened our scope and started launching individual titles across multiple hardware platforms.”
“There is little need to focus on game consoles in other Asian countries because they are only used by hardcore gamers. We do intend to continue marketing titles aimed at hardcore gamers, but in general our primary focus in the Asia is building up the market for online games.”
Capcom and Nintendo have lowered the price of the well-received Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for the Wii U. The game is now available to purchase for $39.99 on the Wii U eShop. Yesterday, Capcom announced that Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for Nintendo 3DS will finally be coming to the West sometime early next year.
Capcom has announced it will refresh the Ace Attorney series by re-releasing the first, second and third games in a special compilation set for the Japanese 3DS. The collection will feature all three titles in stereoscopic 3D and, just like the DS counterparts, will all sport an additional language option for English.
Priced at 3,990 yen, the collection’s box art will be designed by art director Tatsuro Iwamoto – many Japanese fans may also recognise his voice as Miles Edgeworth in the series – and will be released on April 17. Plus, for those who pre-order the game, you’ll be able to download original artwork, or if you’d like to splash out on the series, you can opt for the limited edition set available alongside the boxed collection.
Capcom has also announced a drama CD will be released to coincide with the collection and will star Phoenix Wright and Miles Edgeworth – no objection here then. Capcom have to reveal if the special set will make a dash for western shores, though, or if they’ll be made available over the eShop as was the case with Dual Destinies.
News has emerged via the Capcom Blog that gamers will be able to get their hands on this ultra-stylish Ace Attorney Nintendo 3DS XL Case on the Capcom Store. The item is felt-lined and costs $19.95 from the store. However, they won’t be available to ship until March.
Deck out your Nintendo 3DS XL with this stylish Ace Attorney case. The artwork features a minimalist take on the look of Phoenix Wright.
Deep Down producer Kazunori Sugiura has told 4Gamer that while the company announced plenty of games in 2013, the company has saved some of its announcements for next year. These new announcements will apparently “surprise the readers a lot.” Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 1-3 and Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Director Shu Takumi says that he will be announcing his next title at some point next year and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies Director Takeshi Yamazaki also told 4Gamer that he is completely devoting his time to the next game.
Early last month Capcom ran a competition in the United Kingdom which tasked the community with creating their very own Capcom Christmas Card. The winning Christmas Card was the lovely Monster Hunter themed card, which you can see above. The winner was David Hankin who won himself a PlayStation 4. You can view the top five finalists work, right here.
Capcom has announced that it’s putting its profits for Monster Hunter 4 into a brand new 4 billion yen internal Japanese mobile developing studio. The new studio will open in Osaka, where Capcom’s HQ is located. The development studio has says that it will be ramping up development staff accordingly.
Ducktales Remastered, which has only been available until now as an eShop title, will be hitting the Wii U in physical form on November 12th, in addition to arriving on PS3 and Xbox 360. To commemorate the release, Capcom is offering an exclusive Scrooge McDuck pin to Wii U owners who pick up the game at Target. The new remastered version of the classic game contains updated graphics and a healthy amount of new content. Capcom has stated that the continued release of remastered games will depend on the level of success attained by Ducktales. Will you be purchasing a physical copy of the game? Let us know in the comments.