Capcom has announced plans to hire at least 100 new developers a year as part of its five year plan to reinvigorate its business.
In an open letter
to investors, Capcom's chairman and CEO Kenzo Tsujimoto said, "I want to build a development framework that can put the right people in the right places. This process will reflect an understanding of what consumers want and what types of products have become hits. From now on, I plan to hire at least 100 software developers every year to give us an even more powerful development workforce. Furthermore, I want to establish clear targets for these developers so they can help make Capcom even stronger."
Outlining the focal areas for the new staff, Tsujimoto wrote that, "Our goal is to further strengthen marketing strategies for (1) downloadable content (DLC), (2) mobile contents, (3) online operations, and (4) brand contents. I believe that we have largely completed the framework needed for reexamining development operations and reinforcing marketing strategies. Our next objective is to provide to as many people as possible a variety of products that take full advantage of Capcom's vast amount of content."
In April last year Capcom announced a massive restructure
that saw projects cancelled. The company said at the time that the restructuring would see more projects developed in-house.
Tsujimoto also noted in his letter that while Monster Hunter 4 and Capcom's pachislo machines performed well, the company's mobile business did not meet expectations.