Capcom constructing two new R&D buildings in Osaka

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Capcom have announced that construction has begun on two new research and development buildings situated near their Osaka HQ.

The publisher explains that such investment is being made in order to help them approach the industry’s shift toward digitally distributed content, as well as the growing popularity of social games on smartphones.

The new buildings will allow them to centralise their operations, bringing together their development teams to whilst also initiating plans to hire 100 developers every year, mostly new graduates. Their ambition is to have a workforce of 2,500 developers by March 2022, looking to help them secure a competitive advantage.

Facilities at the buildings will allow them “to create highly original games that can meet the expectations of users”, with a motion capture room, a studio for producing and recording sound effects, and multi-purpose spaces that can hold more than 100 people.

With Japan’s continual threat of earthquakes, seismic isolation systems will be installed whilst each building will be environmentally responsible – exterior walls with uneven surfaces blocking the afternoon sun, reducing energy needed for the climate control system.

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