According to an update on Capcom’s investor relations page, the Japan-based video game publisher will invest US$80 million in two new research and development buildings. The new blocks will be close to the publisher’s headquarters in Osaka. The first building, code named R&D Building S, will have eight floors and one underground level, and be about 454.90 square meters on site. It will cost US$25 million. Construction for this building will start this May and it will be completed by January 2015.
The other building, code named R&D Building N, will have 16 floors and two underground levels, and be 1,332.30 square meters on site. It will cost US$55 million. Building N has started construction this month and will be completed by February 2016.
Both buildings will have new state-of-the-art facilities such as motion capture room, a sound effects/music production studio, and seismic isolation systems for protection during natural disasters like an earthquake. “Capcom has been focusing resources on strategic and growing areas under a policy of selection and concentration in order to operate with speed and flexibility,” an official release said, “Constructing these new R&D buildings will make game development operations more efficient by centralising these operations and upgrading speed and control.”
The company promises to bring up its internal developers headcount to 2,500 by March 2022. It plans to achieve this by recruiting around 100 developers every year for the sake of acquiring new “development technologies”.
In related news, Capcom was in substantial negotiations with Tencent Holdings as a way to enter the China gaming market. Fans of the Street Fighter arcade game can look forward to Ultra Street Fighter IV, which will be out in Asian arcades this month.