Capcom teases Mega Man Online, new dev strategies

Following painful fiscal year, publisher outlines new emphasis on cutting production time, creating new franchises, and revitalizing current brands; Monster Hunter Portable 3 to sell 3M.

Capcom is coming off a mostly abysmal fiscal year in which net income fell a precipitous 73.1 percent to ¥2.17 billion ($23.8 million). Revenues also slid substantially during the April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010 period, falling off 27.3 percent to ¥66.84 billion ($734 million). Today, the publisher announced its plans for the current fiscal year, outlining a new strategy that emphasizes cutting down on development time, creating new franchises, and revitalizing current brands.

No word on whether Mega Man Online will join the illustrious 8-bit MMOG ranks.

To the first point, Capcom said that it hopes to shorten the launch cycle of franchise titles by relying more heavily on outsourcing and ramping up hires at its internal studios. Capcom also said that it would be taking a more "rigorous" approach to overseeing its overseas partners, saying that it hopes to better meld "overseas input" and "Capcom input" to increase international sales.

As for creating new franchises, Capcom said that it has allocated 20-30 percent of its development budget to creating additional brands. Unfortunately, the publisher offered no further information on new franchises in development.

However, Capcom did tease an extension of a current brand. In describing its efforts to better capitalize on the PC game market, Capcom said that is engaged in a joint development deal with Korea-based Neowiz Games on Mega Man Online. No details on this project were offered, and it was equally unclear whether Mega Man Online bears any relation to Mega Man Universe, a name which Capcom registered with the US Patent & Trademark Office in April.

Capcom saw tepid sales from two of its biggest blockbuster-hopefuls last year, Dark Void and Bionic Commando, the latter of which sold 700,000 units worlds on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Explaining the two games' lackluster performance, Capcom said that the issues were caused by "inadequate know-how about supervising outsourced operations and overly optimistic plans."

Looking ahead to its current fiscal year's headliners, Capcom is expecting a far better performance. The publisher expects its top-selling game for the year to be Monster Hunter Portable 3, which is slated to sell some 3.6 million units upon its launch in Japan later this year. Dead Rising 2, which is expected to come to the US on August 31, is projected to sell 3 million units worldwide, while the critically panned Lost Planet 2 is forecast to sell some 2.2 million units. Capcom expects to sell 2 million units of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 upon its spring 2011 launch.

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outputrotation
outputrotation

They really ought to focus pursuing the mobile market more aggressively. thats were the money is and I think capcom has the talent to make good mobile games

The-Longshot
The-Longshot

Personally the most desired title i could hope for from Capcom at this point would be another resident evil that is a survival horror game, like the first 3. don't get me wrong 4 is also one of the greatest games of all time, but no denying it was an action game, still a bit scary but an action game, then you look at re5, pure action...... what a waste. So please Cap, if you hear/read this, give us one more good Resident Evil title before you bid the series farewell, and if you don't, at least the guys making the Silent Hills, or Condemned will still be able to scare us, and we'll always have the classics. P.S Megaman Legends 3 would be sweet 2.

Samurai8X
Samurai8X

Where is my MEGAMAN LEGENDS 3!?

soul_reaver_vii
soul_reaver_vii

Hmm???? Who said Monster Hunter!!! Sold already. as soon as that preorder button shows up anywhere its being pressed, i dont care what they change. If it's monster hunter its a must buy.

calvinsora
calvinsora

Mega Man...Universe? Why? I think they're doing great with the current MM games, going back to the old days is a superb idea. Now all they have to do is do that with more of its franchises.

thingta42
thingta42

I don't know what to think of this.

Omega_Zero69
Omega_Zero69

whats with people making mmo's they should just be concerned on making good remakes or new but very good sequels *hints capcom on making Viewtiful Joe 3*

Mattyrock
Mattyrock

I would like to see a new Power Stone and Tech Romancer.

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

"Explaining the two games' lackluster performance, Capcom said that the issues were caused by 'inadequate know-how about supervising outsourced operations and overly optimistic plans.'" Why can't companies just outright say "our games were not as great as we/people thought they would be, and they didn't sell well because of this. I fancy myself a smart person and I can't decipher their little excuse.

Forcecaster
Forcecaster

Announce Devil May Cry 5 already and I'm sold!

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

@BKJ4TW That is true, but they have shown to take forever from time to time. Like how long it took for them to get RE4 out. Though it certainly seems like it was for the better with that game. The longer a game takes to make, the more resources you pour into it, the more it has to sale. So their general idea is to pay for 2 years of development instead of 4. I wouldn't mind seeing them take another shot at a 3D Mega Man. Legends was fine but that is back when 3D gameplay was still in diapers. I would love to see what they can do with it now.

Dante200X
Dante200X

Although oajlu said it in a horrible way: he almost makes a good point Capcom used to be awesome. I only wish they could get back their glory days...because they've passed.

froggut198
froggut198

Capcom... forget Mega Man Online and make Mega Man Legends 3 already! :(

oChampion
oChampion

Can't wait to see how Monster Hunter Portable 3 will be like :o

oajlu
oajlu

capcom makes bunch of crap tps games...of coruse it's doing bad.

ausgamer529
ausgamer529

i really hate mega man battle network anime

BKJ4TW
BKJ4TW

"New emphasis on cutting production time"... not sure I would add this to my strategies. Hasn't worked out so well for other companies (see Activision). I would rather see the creativity that made Capcom a great company. New titles have been average and beloved franchises (other than SF) are suffering. Its sad that I no longer look forward to the newest Resident Evil.

Dante200X
Dante200X

I know a lot of people wouldn't agree with me, but if he DID do an MMO, I'd hope it will be set in the Battle Network universe. *ultra flame shield* Still I'm also hoping for more "powered up" megamans. I think they gave up on that idea...same with the Maverick Hunter X (which IMO, is too similar to old snes MMX anyways)

flyin_panda
flyin_panda

online games are getting out of hand, everyone want to make WoW kind of cash...

Aurey
Aurey

When the first news about Megaman Universe started to appear in game sites I had hope it would be something related with a Megaman Legends/Dash sequel... not a MMO.

Rev8691
Rev8691

how about we bring the Mega Man X games to this generation of consoles. we've been there with classic Mega Man, now bring the X!

somberfox
somberfox

I don't see how a Mega Man MMO could work unless it's based on the Battle Network series.

Quietpower09
Quietpower09

I'll have my fingers crossed for Mega Man. :P

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

with the "FLOP" of Bionic Commando, Dark Void, and Lost Planet 2! I hope they're able to turn things around!! ;)

ledzaid
ledzaid

it's realy bad that capcoms lose so many money. but im interested in one point. megaman MMO: i think that can be... mixing some stuff, high customizations (parts of the characters) but makining then not as "the first part is the worst, all will want the last part" that would make thar almost al the people in game end with the same look. (ok, i don't wana see a party of 6 zeros with diferent colors). actualyi think that megaman can be more sucessful with a MOBA (multyplayer Online Battle Arena Like HoN or LoL). but any ways that's for capcom to decide.

Mickleohb
Mickleohb

Hmm...Mega Man as an MMO. I guess it could work where you go to different areas, party up, do some quests, and then do a dungeon-type thing with a Mega Man style boss in the end. As I describe it I become less confident that it could work...

strayfies
strayfies

Capcom clocked in at $23 million?! That's awful. Whatever they do, they need to make sure to do it right. I don't see why they don't just release a few new Mega-Man titles; these things sell in droves, and given how they work, I can't imagine they take years upon years to produce.

1357900
1357900

Exactly how would Mega man work as an mmo?!

turtlebird95
turtlebird95

Mega Man simply won't work as an MMO. Stick to making Megaman x9. And it'd better be 16 bit or no sale.

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

A bunch of games, but none I care about or have the platform for.

nini200
nini200

@TheTHCGamer 6. We all know that Capcom is having huge success with Monster Hunter 3. That is a game where the developer took the Wii seriously and actually tried to make a good game. Online is great, offline is great, Free online, voice chat, Free DLC, no Friend Codes needed, great visuals, great gameplay, great controls, customization galore, and sooo much more that it's hard to say. They've had huge success with that game so far and it will easily, if it hasn't already broken the million copies mark. . That's just a few points. There are many more. I don't think that they should stop focusing on 360/PS3 by any means as we all know that they have huge success on those systems as well, but to say that they haven't had any success on the Wii is just not true by any means. Capcom admitted themselves that they've had success on the Wii. I own a PS3 and a Wii and my cousin owns a 360 so I've had experience with all 3 consoles as well and I realize that they're all good consoles in their own ways. PM me if you'd like to discuss this further.

nini200
nini200

@TheTHCGamer (Continued) 4. Third Parties are finally starting to take the Wii seriously and are bringing some franchises over that I never thought I'd see as well as bringing new IP's such as Xenoblade, The Last Story, Sengoku Basara 3, Samurai Warriors 3, Pearl Harbor Trilogy WiiWare Title, and many more. . 5. Companies are realising that when their games don't sell on the Wii, it's usually not because the audience isn't there, it because of their bad marketing and their bad choice in game/control implementation as well as the type of genre the game is. Take Dead Space: Extraction, great title, great game, but instead of them just making it a full third person adventure game, they made it an on rails shooter and expected it to sell like it was a third person adventure game. Even after reading all the complaints of consumers that making it on-rails was a very bad idea but from them not listening from the start, it didn't sell well and that can't be fully blamed on the consumers.

nini200
nini200

@TheTHCGamer I'm glad that you are actually trying to not be biased toward the Wii and I understand your points but it's a few things you must've missed: . 1. RE4 (The Remake for Wii) sold over 1Million copies and that's saying something if a Remake of a Remake can sell that many (RE4 Gamecube - RE4 PS2 - RE4 Wii). That alone shows that the support for third parties is there. . 2. Capcom didn't expect TvC to sell very well to begin with but they just stated themselves that they were impressed with the sales of it and have stated that the sales far succeeded what they expected for it so we can pretty much expect a sequel now. . . 3. As far as 3rd Party Companies go, I agree with you to an extent except when a third party company actually takes the Wii seriously and develops a good game for it. Of course 1st party titles sell, but 3rd party titles such as COD: MWR, COD: WaW, No More Heroes 1 & 2, HOTD Overkill, Monster Hunter Tri and many more third party titles have sold extremely well, some breaking the million copies mark.

lilmurfer
lilmurfer

if it's gonna be like the battle Network, i'm soo buying.

jadefury27
jadefury27

if it were based in the mega man legends universe it may have a shot of being almost borderlands-esque.

Hazzerz
Hazzerz

Way to flush the entire MM franchise down the toilet there Crapcom. Points for creative bankruptcy.

Virtual_Erkan
Virtual_Erkan

I will be the first one to buy the Monster Hunter Portable 3 (I know that my comment has only a partial relation with this article)

kevboard
kevboard

X9 with the graphics of X4 would be awesome.

ManxOfxGod
ManxOfxGod

I personally would love to see X9 with the snes graphics. The X8 ending show's there was suppose to be more. Plus we have been waiting too long for it.

NWA89
NWA89

Mega Man MMO... I look after it...

tyco_ex
tyco_ex

................Breath of Fire 6............

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

Just release Devil May Cry 5 with Dante the main character and make Marvel vs Capcom 3 amazing with alot of fighters, you'll see the numbers rise again Capcom.

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

I'm normally against executive meddling (for instance, i think the recent announcement of more meddling by Kotick and the jerks in charge of Activision can only be bad), but if it keeps more games with RE5/SF4 quality and less like the crap that Bionic Commando was, maybe it's worth looking into. Also, a Korean MMO company handling Mega Man? I foresee many hours of boring grinding to get a single enemy weapon (and paying 10 bucks for stupid bonus clothes)

King9999
King9999

Capcom will probably want to seek advice from Nintendo on how to succeed at outsourcing their games.

Zerobeam
Zerobeam

fox_fury, you sir (or ma'am) are a genious

Narroo
Narroo

So they're having a Korean MMO company make a Online megaman game? Ugh... Also "Capcom input" sounds like "executive meddling."

fox_fury
fox_fury

Give us Megaman X 9 with the graphics of X4!!!