If you're not ready to make the leap to digital, you had best step up and join the crowd.
Capcom thinks you will, anyway. In speaking to Gamasutra , senior vice-president of Capcom Entertainment, Christian Svensson, predicted that half of the company's revenue will come from digital sales by 2017.
"I’d like to say that within five years, certainly well north of 50 percent of our revenue will be coming from digital, and significantly higher than [50 percent] of our operating profit will [come from digital].
And certainly sometime before five years from now, every game will be digital and retail day and date [same release]. On some platforms that’s already the case, it is on Vita. In Europe, the PlayStation 3 is already that way. I wish it were that way in the States as well. But I’d say that’s an inevitability. No one is really fighting that, but the question is when that will occur."
However, there's no doubt that retail stores will still be around; as Svensson said: "Retail will always have a place in our future." He did add that the "value proportion of retail and publishers will change," though. Signs of the ongoing digital revolution are everywhere; the Vita is indeed a good example, as all games are available digitally and physically. Don't you think Sony might do the same for the PS4…? Seems logical.