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Capcom to raise PC gaming profile

PC support stronger than ever as publisher looks to emerging markets

Capcom is to increase its focus on the PC as a games format, as it targets markets such as Chain, Russia and Brazil, according to new comments from U.S. corporate officer and senior vice president Christian Svensson.

Writing on the Capcom Unity blog, Svensson claimed that he, European COO David Reeves and Capcom Germany head Michael Auer have been the most vocal proponents of PC gaming within the company.

But he also praised Resident Evil 5 producer Jun Takeuchi and the MT Framework team for being extremely supportive in Japan.

Svensson points out that the fact that the PC is historically rarely used for gaming in Japan means that most Japanese staff do not automatically consider it as a games platform. "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," writes Svensson.

"We've mentioned that our online efforts are aimed squarely at South Korea and China, focused around the PC. We don't get to be successful in that space without a better understanding of the PC market and what it means to operate services rather than shipping discrete products," he added.

Svensson also points out that Capcom's Lost Planet was the first non-Valve title to feature full Steamworks integration - as well as the first commercial product to support DirectX 10.

Capcom now has more PC versions of its games than ever, including Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City, Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, and Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition. It also manages more than 25 PC digital distribution partnerships around the world and is a member of the PC Gaming Alliance.

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