With a backlog of strong “M” rated titles in their back-pocket, Capcom has had a history with mature subject matter. Despite avoiding a mainstream controversy like those that once faced Electronic Arts or Bioware’s Mass Effect, the company is wary of the possibility of a serious backlash from the popular news media. An investor bulletin posted to CVG (Computer and Video Games) explains the apprehension, among other things.
“Some of our popular software titles have provocative graphics and text, such as violent and grotesque scenes,” reads the note. “Accordingly, in the event of violent incidents and other criminal cases involving juveniles, we may be subject to a smear campaign by some sections of the mass media which often point out the correlation between crime and games. Therefore, there is a risk that it may result in having an adverse effect on our business performance, corporate value and narrowed distribution channel under instructions by the relevant authorities.”