According to Takashi Mochizuki, Bloomberg reporter Takashi Mochizuki translated a report from Japanese outlet Nikkei that Capcom’s COO stated that the company would like to make PC its main gaming platform.
Capcom also plans to have half of its sales on PC by 2022, and half on consoles by 2023. Haruhiro Takimoto, chief operating officer, made these comments to Nikkei during this week’s Tokyo Game Show.
Capcom also announced that Monster Hunter Rise will be coming to PC in January 2022. This was previously an exclusive for Nintendo Switch. Some Capcom games have been available on PC only after they were released on consoles, such as Monster Hunter World which took eight more months in 2018. However, many recent titles like Resident Evil Village or Devil May Cry 5 have made it to all platforms simultaneously.
Capcom may have used record-setting sales figures to help them decide to focus more on PC. Capcom’s first series to sell more than 100 million units in a single year was Resident Evil. Capcom’s investor relations portal reports that Monster Hunter World has sold 17.3M units, Resident Evil 7 9.8M units, and Monster Hunter World Iceborne 8.2 Million units. These numbers are cross-platform, but PC sales played a significant role in World’s success. Leaked data from earlier this year indicated that World was more popular on PCs in the west than it was on PlayStation.
Capcom’s July 2021 financial report showed that the publisher had sales of Y=95.3 Billion ($859.6 Million) – an increase of 16.8% year-over-year. Capcom’s arcade sales dropped 18.4% to $183 million and operating income fell 87.7% to $1.4 million during the pandemic. Capcom’s videogame division overcame the problem by increasing net sales by 25.6% to $691.3 million and operating income by 53.1% to 340.2 million.