Capcom wants to drop Western developers

Written by Joe Martin

January 4, 2010 // 12:13 p.m.

Tags: #bionic-commando #capcom #capcom-dropping-western-developers #grin #western

Disappointed with the output of and issues surrounding Western developers, Capcom president Haruhiro Tsujimoto has said that the company will begin to develop all major new IPs exclusively in Japan.

The Capcom-published Bionic Commando, which was developed by Swedish-based GRIN, seems to be a particularly sore point for Tsujimoto and he claims there were lots of problems over the course of Bionic Commando's development.

"Our experience with Bionic Commando has demonstrated the difficulty of outsourcing the development of new titles to overseas companies," said Tsujimoto in a comment to Kotaku.

"Nevertheless, we cannot develop a sufficient number of titles without using the resources of these companies. This is why we plan to continue using these alliances.

"We are considering ways to separate the roles of activities in Japan and overseas," he added. "We plan to develop new titles primarily in Japan. Overseas companies may be used mostly to develop titles for existing game series with well-established characters and universal themes. Overseas companies will also handle certain parts and/or line-ups of such games."

Bionic Commando was, you may remember, a pretty awful game and it's failure to make a critical or commercial splash was likely a big factor in the closure of GRIN last year.

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