Capcom Wants To Speed Up Game Development

by Jim Reilly on May 23, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Waiting five years for a new Devil May Cry title is far too long. Capcom CEO Kenzo Tsujimoto said in the company's most recent earnings report they want to reduce development time of key franchies from the usual three or four years to only two and a half years.

"Speeding up development will probably raise the cost. But creating quality content will be vital to Capcom’s ability to survive by overcoming intense global competition," Tsujimoto said. "We will make substantial investments to develop this content."

He added that Capcom plans to roll out additional download content between title releases to extend the life of the games.

"For example, we may have five titles for which we can launch sequels over the next two and a half years. In this case, we can even out the introduction dates in order to launch major titles on a regular basis."

Capcom COO Haruhiro Tsujimoto noted that Resident Evil 6 is coming three and half years after Resident Evil 5 and Lost Planet 3 only two and a half years after Lost Planet 2.

"In both cases, the release cycle is shorter than for the previous series title. For 'DmC Devil May Cry', development will require five years due to the time needed to select development companies because of our decision to switch to external development.

"But our goal is to reduce the cycle to 2.5 years for subsequent titles in this series."

Devil May Cry launches January 15 in North America and Europe.

[Source: Capcom]