Historically, Japanese companies and the PC have gone together like Godzilla and human civilization, but that may well be, er, history if Capcom has anything to say about it. The Japanese giant has cast a favorable shadow on PC in recent years with games like Street Fighter IV and Dead Rising 2, but – according to senior vice president Christian Svensson – that's only the beginning.
“PC gaming's profile is growing at Capcom. Both the US and our European teams continue to request PC SKUs for new titles. We've got more titles coming with PC versions than ever before (e.g. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, etc.). At green light meetings, our Japanese COO and the head of the consumer and online software business increasingly request a PC version if one is not being proposed at the outset of a project,” he wrote on Capcom's Unity blog .
More interesting, however, is Svensson's perspective on the PC as a cornerstone in any decent plan to take over the world. With videogames. Not, you know, enslavement and other less-good things.
“The PC helps teach a company how to be a global and how to embrace emerging markets and business models. As we continue to expand our businesses in Russia, China, Korea and Brazil, the PC becomes increasingly important as it is the primary platform in those territories,” he explained.
And, of course, what would a discussion of our favorite platform be without mention of the phrase “bleeding edge”? A lie? A travesty? An abomination? Wait, are you agreeing? We usually save those words for real disasters, but OK. Anyway, edges and the bleeding thereof:
“However, our core technology for all of our platforms has been informed by and pushed by the PC, which is always at the bleeding edge. Engineering insights from Intel and Nvidia have assisted the MT Framework team, which in turn has helped us on nearly any/every platform, from high-end PC to X360/PS3 to and 3DS and smart phones.”
Which would be cause for celebration, except that Dragon's Dogma isn't currently slated for PC release, and it looks freaking incredible. Seriously, watch this trailer , and then think your Desire Waves at Capcom as hard as you possibly can. Or write a letter, we guess.