Capcom on the hunt for 500 developers by 2019

Capcom on the hunt for 500 developers by 2019
James Batchelor

By James Batchelor

January 23rd 2014 at 10:40AM

CEO Kenzo Tsujimoto says recruitment drive will give Japanese firm "an even more powerful development workforce"

Resident Evil and Monster Hunter creator Capcom is about to embark on a major recruitment push, with plans to hire at least 500 developers over the next five years.

A note to investors from CEO Kenzo Tsujimoto details a five-year plan designed to counter financial disappointments of the current fiscal year.

Capcom's profits dipped last year due to a lack of strong new releases, although the CEO reiterated that Monster Hunter 4 has bolstered the company.

Central to this will be what the exec describes as "a comprehensive review of our software development operations".

"I want to build a development framework that can put the right people in the right places," Tsujimoto explained. "This process will reflect an understanding of what consumers want and what types of products have become hits.

"From now on, I plan to hire at least 100 software developers every year to give us an even more powerful development workforce. Furthermore, I want to establish clear targets for these developers so they can help make Capcom even stronger."

Other aspects of the five-year plan include strengthening the marketing strategies for DLC, mobile and online projects and Capcom's brands.