What just happened? Throughout its long history in the home gaming market, Capcom has been known as a company that prioritizes consoles, but that began to change in recent years with a host of major releases on PC. Now the Japanese giant’s chief operating officer says he wants the PC to become his “main platform” in the future.
Speaking with Japanese publication Nikkei and translated by Bloomberg reporter Takashi mochizukiCapcom’s chief operating officer Haruhiro Tsujimoto said the company wants its games to have a 50/50 sales split between consoles and PCs by 2022 or 2023.
From Nikkei: Capcom COO says the company wants to set the PC as the primary output for its gaming software. By 2022 or 2023, Capcom expects sales of games on consoles: PC to be 50:50.https://t.co/IsSAu0m3Ml
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“The PC is driving global sales,” he said. “We recently declared that we will make the PC our main platform. At this year’s Tokyo Game Show, we focused on showcasing the PC version of Monster Hunter Rise, and I think people will be able to experience the shift in our approach. “
Tsujimoto says that the success he has found on the PC with its ports in recent years has led to this perspective: Leaked sales figures suggest that Monster Hunter World best sold on PC than on PS4 outside of Japan, while the pandemic has improved the platform’s reputation in Japan; a country where it has traditionally fought against consoles, handheld devices and even telephones.
“The pandemic is changing the way people view PCs,” he said. “Smartphones are convenient, but their screens are small and their touch panels are difficult to operate, so they are not suitable for work at home or school classes. I think PCs will be the next big thing after smartphones. “
The executive added that “the PC can also play high-quality games, so the number of PC users should increase as the understanding of the PC increases.”
“We will expand our business for dedicated game consoles, which has been mainstream until now, but PC will be mainstream in the future.”
Capcom recently announced that Monster Hunter Rise for PC will launch on January 13, 2022, with a host of platform-specific features, including support for 4K resolution and ultra-wide displays, boundless framerates, improved textures, and keyboard controls and optimized mouse. A free demo for the PC version lands on October 13, and playing this button will unlock a bonus for the full game once it is released.