Capcom is planning to cut development time on its series to around 2.5 years, with the aim of gaining more profit from the titles.
English translations of executive comments show that franchises like Lost Planet and Devil May Cry will be the first titles to benefit from the new plan.“We want to reduce the time needed to develop major titles from the usual three-to-four years to only 2.5 years,” Capcom chairman and CEO Kenzo Tsujimoto told investors (via Gamespot). “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.”
Lost Planet 3 is on pace to hit the 2.5-year goal, while Resident Evil 6 is arriving some 3.5 years after the last game in the series.
“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,” Haruhiro Tsujimoto said. “But our goal is to reduce the cycle to 2.5 years for subsequent titles in this series.”
DMC: Devil May Cry is due on January 15, 2013, meaning that any sequel will arrive sometime in 2015.