Over at Kotaku there is an article stating basically this: “Capcom’s president, Haruhiro Tsujimoto, tells the Financial Times that the company is giving up on developing new franchise titles in the West after the catastrophic sales of two of its attempts, Bionic Commando and Dark Void.” It’s a pretty interesting and short article where Capcom does some finger pointing instead of self reflection.
The statement that got me in a tiff was this one:“From now on, the only reason the company will employ developers from outside of Japan is to build sequels or new versions of their existing games.” WTFLOLBBQ? Thanks for the scraps Capcom! I really hope we make you proud and one day may be allowed to do another brand new IP.
Then to finish it all off they state “Tsujimoto said he in part blames the changing face of the game industry—now rife with downloadable games, social gaming, and new gaming platforms like the iPad… Capcom will focus its efforts on developing new games for these new mediums instead.” Oh how fantastic, now we should be getting new ways to buy Street Fighter, Super Street Fighter, Super Street Fighter Turbo, Super Street Fighter Hyper, and every other franchise they bleed to death.
Both Dark Void and Bionic Commando received overall average reviews that can be viewed here and here . In the end I’m not really sure who’s fault it was but I can say that two separate developers gave Capcom what they had asked for and Capcom put their stamp of approval on it before sending it out to stores.
Read the entire article here