Capcom, the makers of Resident Evil, Street Fighter and Mega Man, have indicated that they have plans to introduce their first Facebook game as early as this fiscal year. The statement was made by their President, Haruhiro Tsujimoto, in a statement today, and is the latest in a series of announcements from industry giants to dip their toe into social gaming. Will we see Ken and Ryu on Facebook anytime soon?
According to Bloomberg, who broke the news: “Gaming on social networks is poised to impact the traditional video game industry and is a presence that cannot be ignored,” Capcom President Haruhiro Tsujimoto said in an interview in Tokyo today. “We have to make our move.”
Ubisoft has made a few moves with in-house developed social games, and both have done relatively poorly. The failure wasn’t on the part of the games though: Ubisoft entered the market just as Facebook pulled out a lot of the viral notifications, and this meant that games had a tougher time spreading virally. This reflects the challenge for big companies to just dive into a space that requires a truly passionate team analyzing the game and platform around the clock.
Hopefully, Capcom can bring such a team to Facebook, and have them attempt to release a game and then continue to support it as the platform changes. I have serious doubts as to whether their first game will leverage any kind of big brand, but if it does, we’ll be able to gauge a little more about their strategy on the platform. It would be pretty sweet if they started releasing classic games on Facebook, that’s for sure!