The end is near!
Well, it is and it isn’t; depending on what side of the console-to-mobile gaming situation you are on. If you are for the switch, then do I have some good news for you! If you aren’t…then I’m sorry, but your nostalgia has a price tag on it that companies want to make money off of. Also the world is dying, so the end really is near.
Capcom, the company that defined the young loves of many hardcore gamers with their popular IPs Mega Man, Street Fighter, Viewtiful Joe, and, who could forget, Duck Tales, has announced that they are going to reorganize their current mobile gaming division, Beeline Interactive Japan Inc., in order to “proactively [release] popular IP in the high-growth mobile games market.” What they mean is, “mobile gaming is a money fountain, here’s our Mega Man shaped bucket; gimme.”
With Konami, Nintendo, Sony Playstation all focusing some of their man (& woman) power into making games for the mobile gaming community, it is no doubt that mobile gaming is where the future is headed.
With big names such as those heading into the mobile market, it makes perfect sense to hear that Capcom will be doing the same. Through their newly structured division, Capcom Mobile Co. ,Ltd., the 37-year-old company will aim to bring at least 4 of their IPs into consumer pockets by next year (March 31, 2017). Three of the IPs that Capcom Mobile will definitely pursue are Monster Hunter, Sengoku BASARA, and Mega Man; the fourth IP is yet to be announced.
Personally, I think it might be Street Fighter, but perhaps Capcom Mobile played it safe and only announced the IPs they are most comfortable with following up on.
In their press release from yesterday, they stated that the mobile gaming community is expected to grow from its 2015 estimated worth of $27.5 billion to $37.4 billion by 2019. Based on those numbers, we should be seeing more and more companies branch into the mobile market.
Capcom Mobile has not yet stated what business model they will be utilizing. Nintendo has stated that they will be going the free-to-play route, which seems to be the best model when it comes to mobile gaming; no one actually wants to pay for a mobile game. So, more than likely, Capcom will do the same