Speaking to the Financial Times, Capcom President Haruhiro Tsujimoto has stated that the Japanese publisher / developer will no longer developed new IP outside Japan. Recent games such as Bionic Commando and Dark Void, both of which were developed by non-Japanese studios, have failed to live up to expectations despite large investments in their development and marketing. Refering to these projects, Tsujimoto stated that “the new titles where development was led from abroad didn’t do so well.”
As one of the potential causes for the disapointing performance of these games, Tsujimoto was quoted as saying that problems were “caused by inadequate know-how about supervising outsourced operations and overly optimistic plans.” It is unclear if this decision will affect the rate at which Capcom releases new games or franchises.
The most recent, high-profile IP that was developed for next-generation consoles by the Capcom’s Japanese studio was Lost Planet, released in January 2007.