Capcom invests $80M in game development R&D with two high-tech facilities
Capcom is investing $80 million in game development R&D with the construction of two buildings located near its Osaka headquarters.
According to Capcom, the two new R&D buildings will centralize its game development arm, make game dev operations more efficient and allow it to "create highly original games that can meet the expectations of users."
The two structures will have a "variety of latest facilities," such as a motion capture room, a studio for producing sound effects and multi-purpose spaces that can hold more than 100 people. The 8-floor R&D Building S and 16-floor R&D Building N are expected to be completed in February 2015 and February 2016, respectively.
Capcom believes the R&D facilities and increased internal development will give it a competitive advantage in the expanding mobile and PC online games markets.
"The appearance of next-generation consoles with a variety of network functions has shifted the focus of sales from conventional package software to digitally distributed content," the announcement reads. "The profit structure and business model are changing at an increasing speed as a result. Furthermore, the popularity of social games due to the widespread use of smartphones is enabling games to reach more user segments and enlarging the entire game market."