Last week, Capcom shared that it has a new plan in place to make PC its main platform for all games moving forward. This news comes after a decent amount of success from Monster Hunter Rise on Nintendo Switch alone this year.
The news was caught by Bloomberg’s Takashi Mochizuki’s, who translated the statement on Nikkei into English. The statement, from Haruhiro Tsujimoto, Capcom’s COO and President, outlines how it was explained during the Tokyo Game Show that the company will eventually make PC its primary platform.
At the same time, new trailers were released for a PC version of Monster Hunter Rise and its upcoming Sunbreak DLC expansion. This seems to indicate that all games from Capcom will eventually come to PC, which is where the publisher wants to focus on the most.
Capcom aims to have PC sales matching home console sales within two years. This is a lofty goal considering the sheer prevalence of consoles compared to adequate gaming PCs. It’s so much easier and cheaper to buy a PS4 or Nintendo Switch than it is to understand the intricacies of gaming PCs and find a good one that will play the games you want for a long period of time.
The bottom line that most consumers reach is that games consoles will always be relevant for that console generation, whereas there’s always new hardware releasing for PCs. t’s impossible to have the most up to date PC.
The key to this decision likely lies in the success that Monster Hunter World saw after its initial launch on consoles, and the massive uptick in players it had when it finally came to PC. Making it more of an MMO, supporting it with regular new content drops, also retained more players and made it possible to sell DLC packs to further increase revenue.
Capcom likely has a similar plan for Monster Hunter Rise, but we’ll have to wait and see.
This news will come as a shock to many Capcom fans. Games like Resident Evil Village and classics such as Okami will now be geared to PC players first, and consoles second. However, this may simply be more of an effort to make decent PC versions of Capcom games, allowing the main audience the publisher wants to target to have the best experience possible. Traditionally, PC ports don’t play as well as console versions, so this will be great news to all PC gamers.