Capcom has restructured the development organization of their fighting games

'We are continuing game development while carrying out a trial-and-error-based improvement cycle'

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • November 7, 2019 at 2:15 p.m. PST

The world of fighting games appears to be evolving more and more rapidly as increasing speeds of information travel, a flux in the frequency and capabilities of live streaming, and a general march towards eSports have made any kind of moss growth impossible.

Capcom is doing what they can to keep up with the times, and a statement from the company's latest IR Report update informs stockholders that the creators of Street Fighter are altering their approaches to fighting game development.

In the question and answer summary page, Capcom poses a prompt asking, "You previously stated that you restructured the development organization of your fighting games. Can you give a status update?" They answer with the following.

"As they represent one of our major IPs, we did carry out a reorganization here, however simply doing so once does not mean the matter is settled; even under the new structure we are continuing game development while carrying out a trial-and-error-based improvement cycle."

They don't come right out and offer much in the way of particulars, but as the question part of that Q&A bit notes, we've already seen some shuffling in recent times.

It was just over a year ago that we learned Ryozo Tsujimoto, best known for his work as the Producer of various Monster Hunter games, assumed the title that previously belonged to Yoshinori Ono: Head of Consumer Games Development Division 2. (Division 2 includes the fighting game department at Capcom.)

This happened sometime between November of 2016 and October of 2017, and clearly did not remove Ono from the fighting game picture. Street Fighter 5's Producer instead became the General Manager of Department 2, Consumer Games Development Division 3, and clearly still works very closely with Capcom's fighters.

It's clear that the changes are still coming down the pike, and we look forward with intrigue to see what all moves the company will make to best position themselves for success in the coming months and years.

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