Capcom has said the publisher wants to reduce the development cycles for its top franchises.
However, they won't take the Call of Duty strategy of annualising their popular IPs including Resident Evil and Devil May Cry. CEO Kenzo Tsujimoto told investors:
"We want to reduce the time needed to develop major titles from the usual three-to-four years to only 2.5 years. Speeding up development will probably raise the cost. But creating quality content will be vital to Capcom's ability to survive by overcoming intense global competition."
Tsujimoto went on to say that Spark Unlimited's Lost Planet 3 is on track to achieve its 2.5 year development cycle target. Resident Evil 6, meanwhile, is scheduled to meet its 3.5 years target following the release of its predecessor.
"For DMC Devil May Cry, development will require five years due to the time needed to select development companies because of our decision to switch to external development. But our goal is to reduce the cycle to 2.5 years for subsequent titles in this series."
Ninja Theory's DmC Devil May Cry releases during January 2013, while Resident Evil 6 is due for a worldwide October 2nd 2012 launch.