Capcom pours $78M into construction of two new R&D facilities in Japan
Japanese game developer and publisher Capcom announced that it will shell out $78 million in building two new research and development (R&D) labs near its Osaka headquarters. The construction of the new facilities is part of the firm's strategy to overcome challenges in the video game industry, according to GameSpot.
The Japanese company explained: "To succeed in this challenging environment, Capcom has been focusing resources on strategic and growing areas under a policy of selection and concentration in order to operate with speed and flexibility. Constructing these new R&D buildings will make game development operations more efficient by centralizing these operations and upgrading speed and control."
Capcom said the two new buildings will sport state-of-the art technologies and facilities including a motion capture room and a sound effects studio. Seismic isolation systems will also be built into the structures for earthquake protection. In addition, the north and south side of the buildings will have uneven surfaces that will block sunlight in the afternoon to decrease energy consumption, the report detailed.
With a floor area of 2,054.38 square meters, the eight-storey R&D Building S is expected to be finished by January next year. The target completion date for the 10,972.87-square-meter R&D Building N is February 2016. The Japanese game company aims to have a total of 2,500 employees by March 2022, GameSpot reported.