The old adage: You have to spend money to make money.
Let's just hope things work out for Capcom. The publisher has announced that it has begun construction of two new Research & Development buildings. They'll be erected near the company's Osaka headquarters, and Capcom will invest a total of $80 million to make it happen.
They say this is in response to the release of the next-gen consoles, and they want to make sure they don't miss the digital train, so-to-speak:
"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 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."
Capcom's growth strategy involves "operating with speed and flexibility" and ultimately, these two new buildings will make game development "more efficient." The structures will also boast a motion capture room, a sound effects studio, and "multi-purpose spaces" that can accommodate over 100 people. One building will be 8 floors; the other will be twice that height.
Well, Capcom definitely needs to get off on the right foot this generation, wouldn't you say?