Capcom can’t afford to make Street Fighter V

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Japanese publisher and developer Capcom has been in a financial pickle for quite some time now. According to reports, this year has been Capcom’s least profitable since 2006 – and the publisher now has just over $150 million in its coffers. sounds like a lot of money to you and me, but it’s not a lot at all for what’s supposed to be a AAA game publisher. And Capcom’s lack of cash is affecting its ability to make games.

When asked by a fan about the possibility of Ultra Street Fighter IV being ported to the PlayStation 4, Capcom’s overworked Street Fighter boss Yoshinoro Ono replied:

And it’s not even just a lack of cash that has Capcom resources at a low; its human capital has recently been downsized, with Capcom Europe being cut in half. so, without the resources to even port USFIV to the PS4, the chances of an all-new game are even slimmer.

Every time there’s a new generation of consoles, we see once huge publishers and developers shutting their doors. As terrible as they’ve been of late with misappropriated licences, DLC and corporate policies, I would most certainly shed a tear if Capcom were close in this impending hardware generation.

 

Last Updated: October 21, 2013

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Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    Sad news Mondays are sad 🙁

    • TiMsTeR1033

      Plus this weather adds to more sadness!

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        Nonsense! This weather is awesome! Love this weather!

        • Admiral Chief Ninja

          Agreed

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            BMW

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            Heh. If only 🙁

        • TiMsTeR1033

          I love it too to be honest! lol just alot of people hate it… Only thing that does really suck, is not at home today playing!!

          • Skyblue

            Be jealoussssss, be very jealousssssss.

      • John’s digital rights

        Ah, you know what comes after two days of bad weather in Cape Town?

        • Vampyre Squirrel

          Bad weather in Jo’burg and PTA? 🙁

          • John’s digital rights

            Monday

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            lol, also true.

            So this kak weather is still Slaapstad’s fault?

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            AHEM, this weather is awesome. Also, our land is in dire need of this rain 🙂

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            True, but I’m not going to have to find new excuses as to why I’m not going to site lol

          • John’s digital rights

            At least it doesn’t rain for a week non-stop by you in the middle of winter.

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            I won’t mind 🙂

  • CypherGate

    Sad news today i see. I really hope Capcom don’t go bust… Thats imagine a world with no Street Fighter at all. With all its history in the gaming world it would be a depressing time for all if this were to happen.

  • MosselMayCry

    And just when I started to like Capcom again.

    • Admiral Chief Ninja

      Heh, mosselmaycry
      lulz

      • MosselMayCry

        hehe I too had a chuckle when deciding on the new name. Couldnt finish bioshock 2! was so bumbed, my cpu hits 72degrees for some reason…but with all other games it stays on 55. Dont know whats going on!

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Ironic considering the game takes place under water :/

          • MosselMayCry

            lol, could be warm tropical water?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Good point. And salt water causes corrosion. Damn it, I still want to play Bioshock 2, but I don’t want my PC to rust.

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            Strange that you would get that issue.

            Any other games acting that way?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I don’t get this issue – Mossel does.

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            Mossel is overheating? Call me when its done. Like me some steamed mossel please

          • John’s digital rights

            Yum

        • Admiral Chief Ninja

          What CPU doth thee haveth?

          • John’s digital rights

            He’s probably got an immigrant in there, turning a wheel.

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            HAHAHA, sies, but HAHAHAHA

    • TiMsTeR1033

      Playing DMC?? or crying from the news?

      • MosselMayCry

        Both!

  • Admiral Chief Ninja

    For a second I thought Geoff shaved…

    • TiMsTeR1033

      hahaha

    • Vampyre Squirrel

      LoLz!!!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      I’m sure there’d be some announcement if he did. After all it took 4/5 years to grow that bad boy.

      • I actually grow hair at a frighteningly alarming rate. Scottish blood, you see.

        • Admiral Chief Ninja

          This is true, its like your beard is made of nanites

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Now I’m trying to figure out how to say “that’s lacist” with a Scottish accent. It’s more difficult than you’d think.

          • Skyblue

            Free Scottish accent tips from the master.

        • Vampyre Squirrel

          A Scottish Asian? OMFG! I wish I was that awesome.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I am mixed breed myself… mix of Scottish,British,Dutch,German and polish… and wee bit of Russian few decades back…

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            So you have a russian in you?

            XD

          • TiMsTeR1033

            You don’t f*ck with Russians!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I see what you did there lol

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            It seems Tanya didn’t, which makes the joke even moar funny!

          • John’s digital rights

            You must be a very confused man.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I am trust me!

          • John’s digital rights

            It’s almost like not knowing whether you’re Arthur or Martha, or Tim or Tanya.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            The story of my life!

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            O_O

            Ok, so do you sit/stand when you pee?

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            Probably stands on the bowl and squats 😛

          • TiMsTeR1033

            hahahaha

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Dude!! Sies man! I am a man! I meant which nationality I am from! I am confused about that! Arthur and Martha is a term of confusion! Such a dirty mind you have!

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            What is dirty about peeing? Everybody does it

          • John’s digital rights

            So that means you squat, thanks.

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Only squatting you will see me do is, Teabag your face after I killed you!

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            Such aggravated tension you have Tanya, have you tried the woooosaaaaa method?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Sure you do it all the time…. wooosaaaa then you cant fight the urge! “must mock Tim, MUST call Tanya! Feel better about own insecurities!” Admiral needs Steel Lunch boxes to feel like a man…

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            See now that’s what I’m talking about dude, breathe, count to 10, breathe some more, woooosaaaaa

            😉

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Wooooosssaa

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            We trusted you last week, and you unleashed the apocalypse. :/

          • John’s digital rights

            Don’t remind me. I’m still afraid to go outside.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Seems you’re still alive wasn’t too bad! Heard the hell hounds were underfed they raided Burger king Instead… It was there only weakness as I raised them from Puppy hood…

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I’m alive because I’m invincible.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            You alive because you eat carrots! and follow them where ever they go!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Eat your veggies, they’re good for you. Make you big & strong like me.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Sure….

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            I’m mix English, Scottish, Welsh, Danish and German.

            No wonder you can’t drive on GTA! It’s all explained!!

          • This a mockup image of the fabled Scottish Asian, made years ago by @TheKervynator
            https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/77_21931775240_1431_n.jpg

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            Hahaha, that’s awesome!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            KILL IT WITH FIRE!!

          • oVg

            Bwahahahaha

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Boss Level Gangsta!

  • SaintsRowNigri

    Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Street Fighter 4. Super Street Fighter 4, Jou ma se Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter 4 Super Duper Water Cooler edition… Meh…

    • Vampyre Squirrel

      See… they don’t need to release SF5… there’s enough versions of all the other ones to cover it.

      • SaintsRowNigri

        Yeah, but if they only did one SF4, they may have had the cash for SF5

        • Vampyre Squirrel

          Very true. But they were bringing out multiple different versions of versions since SF (or was it SF2?).

    • MosselMayCry

      Last time I played street fighter was in the corner cafe in my home town.

      • Vampyre Squirrel

        Last time I played Street Fighter was on my NES 😛

        • MosselMayCry

          My dad believed the NES is the devil. I think he read somewhere that tv games screw up your tv, or your child. Eitherway I never had a console and ended up playing on pc and random arcade machines.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            You had a sheltered life…lol

          • MosselMayCry

            YOU DONT EVEN KNOW! *runs to cry in the corner

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Join us Brother! Join the TRUE Master Race! No more overheating,upgrades,turning settings to low or medium to run a game! Plus play on a couch! The way gaming was meant to be played!

          • MosselMayCry

            NEVER!! Ok maybe someday, but for all fps purposes I will stick to pc. I tried playing a fps on console once, only once. Besides, I never turn my settings to low or medium, my pc is beast! hehe

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I hated fps on console too at first! But after many weeks fell in love with my controller and found it was better than the keyboard and mouse! I could do more at the same time!

          • Skyblue

            MORE HERESY!!!!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Only thing better with Keyboard and mouse is Rts games… Cannot for the love of god play them on console!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I’m glad we agree that consoles are godless.

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            XD

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            “better than keyboard and mouse”

            Can only mean one of two things:

            1. You smoke crack, and should stop
            2. You really suck at gaming

          • TiMsTeR1033

            But I have an advantage over other console gamers…. I am ex Master Race… I am skilled in keyboard and mouse as much as console controller…

          • SaintsRowNigri

            Tim, please choose a side and stop sucking up to the Admiral. You goin’ from side to side so quick you gonna give my neck whiplash, boy!

          • NecroRince

            BWAHAHAHA! He’s just scared of the Admiral. We all should be 0-O

          • SaintsRowNigri

            I fear only God… I slow grill Admirals and have them for breakfast…

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Till you been burnt like I have!

          • SaintsRowNigri

            If you can stand the heat get out of the kitchen, boy!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            But I am a good Chef!

          • SaintsRowNigri

            ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
            Huh?Whut?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Its Monday wake up for work!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I am a console fan boy! @rincethis:disqus Yes I am afraid… To early in the week to be brave!

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            Comparing FPS ability with controller to FPS ability with KB+MS is like comparing an abacus with a scientific calculator, sure they both get the job done, but the latter does it with vastly superior speed and precision

          • Brenz

            I have to agree, I have always been a console gamer, but keyboard and mouse is vastly superior to a control any day.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Fine in some cases, I hate to say this You are correct! I give in!

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            LOL Tanya, I’ll always be better at FPS and RTS on a PC… The only FPS I’m any good at on console is Borderlands.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I thought you were a console Brother!!! what is this talk of PC!! Pah dont make me throw up in my coffee!

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            It all depends on the game, some games will always be better on PC, while other will always be better on console.

          • Skyblue

            LOL!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            because they can only run on low *snigger*

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Doesn’t worry me! They still look great!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Nice from far, far from nice 😉

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Nice from close and far! See heart need not worry if I have it on low or medium settings as they optimized it to look great for me!

          • MosselMayCry

            WIN!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Se moer!

        • TiMsTeR1033

          Sf4 was not that good in my opinion. Was fun for few days, then traded it in…

          • Skyblue

            HERETIC!!! BURN IN HELL!!!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I am more of a tekken fan! and Soul Calibre!

          • Skyblue

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I never played Sf4 online, makes you feel better I regretted the trade in later…

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            For Me!

          • Skyblue

            SF4 was amazing imo. Many an afternoon spent with beers and mates playing “winner stays on”

          • TiMsTeR1033

            They preferred Tekken and Soul calibre too

    • TiMsTeR1033

      What is your favourite Fighter then?

      • SaintsRowNigri

        Mortal Kombat. Until Ryu rips Chun-Li in two with his Super-Hyper-Haduken I aint playin no sissies game…

        • Hammersteyn

          Awwwwwww Yeaaah like a baws!

  • Hammersteyn

    Maybe another DLC for character skins for Street Fighter 4 will help. Or they can make a game like Asura’s Wrath where you pay for the game and then pay for every additional episode.

    • Umar heartless

      Pay for the true ending………Such is life these days

  • Umar heartless

    Capcom shat all over their fans…they do have redeeming qualities but they are one of those companies that just seriously turned a blind eye to their fanbase, no surprise that things aren’t going well for them

  • Ultimo_Cleric N7

    This is really sad news…I hope they dont close.

  • NecroRince

    Yeah, well perhaps if they didn’t sell their souls to try turn a quick buck they wouldn’t be in such trouble Resident Evil 6, Cough.

    • TiMsTeR1033

      Was it that bad?? Hell never even played Re 5!

      • NecroRince

        It wasn’t RE, it was a mixture of 3 different genres with added Baysplosions.

        • TiMsTeR1033

          They should start over!

  • Brenz

    Guess that what happens when they dump all their money into shit action QTE Resident Evils, because thats what the fans want isnt it?
    sorry, no sympathy from this corner.

  • Martin du preez

    But they have resources to continue kak franchises like Lost Planet?

    • Admiral Chief Ninja

      HAHAHAHA, yep, you have struck the nail on the head there dude

    • John’s digital rights

      Show me where Lost Planet touched you.
      We’ve all been there.

    • J_Joestar

      they got those resources from the Megaman game cancellations probably…

  • Umar heartless

    Also new Dante sux and DmC is a kak game…just adding that in there

    • MosselMayCry

      You take that back! This is the very first dmc I’ve played and I must say I like it a lot! But what makes it so bad? Because Ive seen many hardcore fans freaking out.

      • Umar heartless

        Well because it is the first DMC you played you won’t really know how DMC fans felt when they saw the changes they made to the story and game and characters. I mean it’s a fun game, but combat lacked any sort of depth and compared to older titles this game is childs play. I played the game on hard mode first and was easy as hell, dante must die is insanely easy, that said, the art direction is AMAZING

        • MosselMayCry

          LOL I’m actually playing on nephelim first, not bad at all. That being said hack ‘n slash isn’t my strong point. But I find it super fun, especially liked playing against that secret ingedient demon!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Colonel Sanders?

          • MosselMayCry

            That’s the one!

          • Umar heartless

            Okay well I’m just really anal about these games…nothing against you liking you it though 🙂 and Oh the F**k you boss battle lol

          • MosselMayCry

            hahaha!! Wow I laughed at that! You expect it to be all serious and stuff, then they just shout “F**k you” to each other a couple of times!

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    I think the writing is on the wall for Capcom. You can argue that Capcom brought this on themselves,.However if you really think about it, their anti-consumerism was an attempt to remain in the black. However, terrible games, extremely bad ports, insane and superfluous DLC just make it really hard to have any sympathy for them.

    My only hope is that if they join THQ on the rubbish heap of failed developers and publishers, EA doesn’t get any of their IPs. Just imagine, EA ruining Street Fighter even more than Capcom has, or Call of Duty-like Resident Evil games? The mere thought gives me chills.

    Hopefully Capcom will hold on just a little longer to give me Dragon Dogma 2. If I don’t get a sequel for that awesome little game, then I will be a very upset banana!

  • Rock789

    Sad news indeed… I hope they survive and go on to make a strong comeback!

    But Capcom please, for the love of all that is holy, perhaps you should stop trying to flog off different versions of the same game as a ‘new release’ (Street Fighter, Super Street Fighter, Ultra Street Fighter, Super Ultra Street Fighter… etc…). It’s a slightly different version – it ain’t new (like comparing the standard edition to the collector’s edition)! Perhaps releasing 1 great version, with a bit of DLC, and then moving onto an entirely new game would help with the turnover (there’s only so much Street Fighter the market can take).

    Sorry… Had to get that off my chest…

  • J_Joestar

    well the 150 million thing was before MH4 came out wasn’t it?

    and that game took only about 2 months to reach their expected sales by march 2014 so that should help their position a bit.

    Hopefully they will wises up and not waste that MH cash on some over-bloated AAA project attempt that will likely lose more money than it can earn back.

  • lans

    Do you know what capcom really needs!!! MONSTER HUNTER ON the PSVITA. But they seem to have a hard on for @#$% blocking sony money. Good for them!!!! It’s what they really weally wanted.

    • J_Joestar

      Sony was the one that kept them from releasing the last Sony exclusive MH games outside of Japan. On the contrary, Nintendo has actually helped Capcom with localization efforts for the series.

  • ichiro

    I hope crapcom gets to finally die, face it capdrones the old good Capcom that cared for their fans and their games is long gone, remember these bastards are the same douchebags that screwed us over and over with “pay me to get the extra characters but are already in the disc suckers” bullshit and rehashing games like SF by turning it into a cash cow the asshole Yoshinori Ono fucked the series since SF3 and lets not talk about SFIV that was the worst, look how they killed off megaman and destroyed the RE series, that alone is evidence enough to see the truth, crapcom needs to DIE they deserve it period.

  • TruthGamer

    Well here are the reason for such woes
    1. SxT launch issues sound issues
    2. RE 6 was terrible
    3. Completely halting support of the SF franchise until now
    Capcom has a we do what we want and you buy it attitude.

    No worries about losing SF series someone else will just make an awesome clone. They are still using the old business model when developers dictated, they haven’t realized yet now it’s the people who dictate what we want. For example the fans have been begging for a new Mega Man game for about 10 years, and still no where in sight. When will they give us a Mega Man? When the doors are about to close and they have no choice? I used to love this company but now they are right next to EA games in the toilet dept.

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