Capcom can’t be bothered with RPGs anymore

Capcom isn’t known for its huge library of RPG titles, but it does have one particular landmark franchise in the genre — the Breath of Fire series. Unfortunately, Capcom has no interest in revisiting the IP in the near future, or even the far future. In fact, the studio isn’t interested in RPGs one bit.

“There are currently no plans on making a new Breath of Fire game,” confirms Capcom R&D boss Keiji Inafune. “Apart from that, regarding RPG titles, they are very popular in Japan, but only certain RPG titles sell so Capcom doesn’t really need to even consider making these titles as an option.”

The main problem, according to Inafune, is that Capcom just doesn’t have the spare resources to dedicate to an RPG: “There’s a low possibility that we’ll be making one in the near future. But, I realize that there are fans of the series, and we have staff who are interested so it’s not out of the question. We actually have a lot of titles in a similar situation, where there’s an interest by users and our staff, but where we just don’t have the resources.

“Square Enix and Namco Bandai have 1,200 development staff but we only have 600. There’s a lot more that we want to do, titles that would probably sell well if we made them, but we just don’t have enough staff.”

If it’s any consolation, Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter was rubbish, so I’m not too worried about it.

Jim Sterling