If you think that Resident Evil VII and Monster Hunter World ended up being top games by chance then you have it all wrong. Capcom is on a mission to ensure that their games receive top scores. In fact, they’re so focused on it that not even good sales can stand in the way of their business model. Capcom has shared some interesting information with Gamesindustry, enough to get any old school fan of their games very excited.
Capcom Europe COO, Stuart Turner, and EMEA marketing director, Antoine Molant, came through with some remarks that we would never expect from such a big publisher. Turner had this to say about the current stance that Capcom takes when it comes to the quality of their games:
While we have shareholders to appease, it’s not just about commercial performance. There is an artistic element that always comes in where we know this is the right way. And while if we compare RE7 to RE6 the absolute numbers are not the same, in terms of the profitability… it’s completely fine. It ticked all of our boxes internally. It was really well received. And in some respects, getting some very good review scores counts as much for Capcom as a game that sells millions and millions and millions. We’d prefer a game that got a 9 and sold less, than got a 6 but sold more.
Those are just words that you would not have heard just over five years ago. Capcom, at some point, lost touch with its fanbase, but it seems someone is back to ensure that the focus is on the fans and what they want. Molant confirms this with Devil May Cry 5 as an example:
The last game was very good, but there were a few unhappy voices because it wasn’t a direct sequel and other things. Because of that, the dev team sat down and asked: ‘Where do we take that next?’ And it was known that the community wanted Devil May Cry 5 to be closer to 1, 2 and 3. And so the project was born.
They were also extremely worried about possible backlash for Resident Evil 2, which ended up not being the case at E3. Be sure to read the entire interview. If you’re a fan of Capcom games this will give you much more confidence in the Japanese giant.