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Capcom hit by layoffs, Senior VP Svensson leaves

Capcom has been hit by layoffs, resulting in the loss of their senior vice president.

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Capcom has undergone a staff reorganization, resulting in the loss of senior vice president Christian Svensson. Svensson was a well known and active member on the Capcom Unity forums, often answering questions fans asked and posting news announcements about the latest Capcom games. The news was posted to Svensson’s Facebook page.

“I’ve had the opportunity to interface with the best fans any company could ever hope to have. I know that I wasn’t always able to deliver what they wanted, but I promise that I did my best to champion their needs and wants. So thank you to the fans who made my job rewarding, challenging, and, if nothing else, interesting.”

Capcom’s financials last year were underwhelming, which is why these layoffs have happened. Still, Svensson was a direct link to the fans from Capcom, often answering very detailed questions about games, including Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and several upcoming Capcom titles.

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  • bizzy gie

    Corporations who interact with the people who actually give them money and make them successful are so rare.

    I hope they keep that interaction with their fan base and customers.

  • $41809923

    how sad but what about these 4 ip games thats coming out to the wii u

    • Michael Jurado

      I think Monster hunter 4 is one of them which looks like more of the same great stuff I can’t wait to get my hands on it ^__^

      • Baum 「ツリー」

        MH4 will NEVER see a release on any console besides the 3DS. Ryozou stated several times, that Ultimate will be the last game in the (main) series, that was released on two consoles and that 4 will be 3DS only…As much as I’d like to see a Wii U release for that game…we will have to wait for another 4th gen MonHan to get developed for the U. And the chances are very high with Nintendo’s exclusivity rights on the big MH titles until 2015 ;)

        • DragonSilths

          MH5 for Wii U. 2015. lol

        • Michael Jurado

          aww that’s news too me but hey whatever I play monster hunter on my 3ds a lot more I just hope monster hunter 4 has online for the 3ds

          • Baum 「ツリー」

            It has, because of the exact same reason :D

  • Michael Jurado

    capcom you want to make money … it’s simple bring us kick ass mega man games!!!

    • Ballzbeard

      I’d give a lot for a return to Kattelox Island, man.

    • Satoru Iwata

      We are working hard to acquire the Mega Man franchise from Capcom as we speak. Please be patient.

      • Usama Notkani

        If that happens, first of all release megaman x9 on wiiu, plz Iwata san

      • Luffy

        could you buy wild arms from sony as well please?

    • http://waluigi.com/ Waluigi

      I could be a boss in a Mega Man game

      • Satoru Iwata

        We are saving you for our big Mario 3D game.

    • Javy G

      They should work out a deal identical to what SEGA did with Sonic and Nintendo and let them show them how to make Megaman adventureous and playable throughout 3 or more games.

      • Luffy

        imagine: retro does megaman!

  • old_skool

    Greedy money grabbing corporate moves like “already on the disc” DLC have caused creative people to lose their jobs. Learn from this!

  • Leo

    Haters blaming it on Nintendo in 3, 2, 1…

    • Andrew Chambers

      Damn Nintendo, its their fault a third party have bad sales numbers because three of their many titles released last year didn’t do well on Nintendo’s console.

  • Ducked

    Two words:

    Mega Man Legends 3!
    C’mon why did you cancel it?!

    • Clel

      WE-ell That’s actually 4… 3 if you want me to cut you some slack.

      • Ducked

        What?

        • Clel

          You said two words. You put in more than two words :P

          • Satoru Iwata

            As the fans would say: 4 words, but one is a number so that makes it three words. Half Life 3 confirmed!!!!!

          • Phoenix Maybe

            Iwata stop making my brain hurt! Your confusing me!

          • Ducked

            My bad, I guess I look like Phil from Hercules instead of Donald Duck. lol

      • Satoru Iwata

        There was only 2 Mega Man Legends games my honorable fan. Mega Man Legends 3 was canceled, not 4.

        • Luffy

          well, there was that third spin off game in the world of megaman legend that came out only in japan. It was a prequel to the first megaman legends called:
          The misadventures of Tron Bonne.

          so megaman legends 3 would have been the 4th game in the serie.

          • Satoru Iwata

            Tron Bonne was a spin off and not part of the actual series itself my honorable fan. There’s a reason why they called it Mega Man Legends 3. Spin offs are a part of the universe but not about the actual character that the game is about. The game released in North America and Europe as well. It is part of the series but not in name, which means it’s not an acutal third game. Just within the universe.

            Thank you for supporting Nintendo and all its products.

          • Luffy

            thats kind of exactly what i said…
            except i didnt know it was release outside of japan.

    • Satoru Iwata

      It was canceled because they wanted to borrow Mario and have him be Mega Man’s new arch nemesis. We refused as we don’t want our beloved mascot being shown in that sort of light.

      Sadly, Capcom wouldn’t budge on a alternate deal so the gamers were left without a sequel. We apologize for Capcom’s management, as they throw temper tantrums and keep disappointing the gaming community. Reminds me a lot of EA.

      Thank you for supporting Nintendo and its products.

      • Bomberman

        Hey what about me Iwata?! My game for the 3DS was canceled. Buy me from Konami and make me a game.

        • BLACKendTiamat

          loved Bomberman 64.such an amazing game. would love another game like that one

          • Bomberman

            Yes me too! Hopefully, Regulus makes another appearance. I miss that guy… I really want to end our battle once and for all!

        • Geoffrey Tasker

          Bombernan is a Hudson poperty

          • Bomberman

            *facepalm* You’re kind of late. I’m not with Hudson Soft anymore or the fact they no longer exist.. My new home is with Konami.

    • Joel

      Why should Capcom appeal to the worst fanbase of all time?

      • Ducked

        Who has the worst fanbase?

        • Joel

          Megaman, of course.

          • Ducked

            No no no. That’s not possible.

            No fanbase could possibly be worse then COD

          • Joel

            At least CoD players enjoy playing CoD.

            All Megaman fans (in fact, any Capcom “fans”) do is whine and bitch about their franchise.

          • Ducked

            Most Call of Duty fans are 9 year olds screaming curse words in your ear. They defend everything about the game. And it’s the same exact game every year, yet they still buy it.

            Pretty sure Mega Man fans aren’t that bad.

          • Joel

            Not all CoD players are like that. Many people play CoD.

            Of course, coming from a Nintendrone, I guess I should have expected less intelligence from you.

          • Ducked

            Oh now I’m an Nintendrone. It’s funny when people call me a Nintendrone when I’m a PlayStation gamer.

            The older people that play COD play it because it’s the most casual game possible, and americans like violence. Not all of them are like that yes, but you just said all mega man fans are like that. Seriously…

  • FungalSpawn

    What has Capcom made lately?

  • Geoffrey Tasker

    as a member of the fgc this is really really bad news

  • johnzig

    mega man. not the one in street fighter x tekken either

  • $41809923

    YOU GET DUCKTALES FOR THE WII U THIS IS GREAT IF YOU ARE KID BUT WE ARE NOT KIDS ANY MORE CAPCOM BRING BETTER GAMES FOR THE WII U A NEW MEGAMAN IS GOOD TO HAVE ON THE WII U AND BREATH OF FIRE AND LOST PLANET EX TROOPERS NEEDS TO GO ON THE WII U CAPCOM NEEDS ACT FAST TO BRING THESE GAMES TO THE WII U OR BY BY CAPCOM THEN

    • Satoru Iwata

      Calm down my honorable fan. Unless your capslock key is broken, may I suggest switching to decaf?

      Thank you for supporting Nintendo and its products.

      • sd

        Probably one of the only decent things I have seen one of the clones say. Well done.

      • $41809923

        i cant see to good but wind i am on gamepad is better please use cap on for me ok thank you

        • Satoru Iwata

          I’m sorry, but that sentence was hard to understand. Your gamepad must be broken. Please send it in for repairs.

          Thank you for supporting Nintendo and its products.

          • $41809923

            CANT SEE TO GOOD ON MY COMPUTER MY GAMEPAD IS FINE I LIKE MY GAMEPAD IT MAKES THING BIG FOR ME TO SEE GOOD I HAVE EYE PROBLEMS THIS IS WHY I BUY A WII U BECAUSE OF MY HEALTH
            I HAD A PS3 BUT MY HEALTH WAS GIVING ME PROBLEMS FROM IT SO WENT TO THE WII U BECAUSE OF THE GAMEPAD AND I DO NOT LIKE PS4 AND XBOX ONE
            WII U IS THE BEST CONSOLE I LIKE
            I GREW UP WITH NINTENDO AND BEEN A NINTENDO FAN FOR A VERY LONG TIME PLEASE USE CAP ON FOR ME

          • 00EpicGamer00

            Why don’t you just get some glasses? I have eye problems too, but I happen to have this magical thing I put over my eyes and it helps me see better.

          • $41809923

            i have glasses wind i am on my computer and use caps on but on the wii u is different the gamepad is very helpful to play games and to read as well cant wait for ebook on the wii u

          • 00EpicGamer00

            I’m sorry, what? If you have glasses than what’s the point on using caps? If your eyes are that bad to where you can’t see lower case words, with glasses on, then you need a stronger prescription. Just saying.

          • $41809923

            cant see small print

          • 00EpicGamer00

            …..than get a stronger prescription. If you can’t see “small print” like this, then you really need to see an eye doctor.

    • e_rocket

      you are not a kid any more, but there are new kids in the world all the time, is good to have those games around too…

    • Clel
  • Scott Duperree

    Nintendo should buy Capcom (and Retro and Platinum) – their game lineup would be great competition and the exclusives would be dominant.

    • Satoru Iwata

      We own Retro(If you meant Retro Studios).

      • Scott Duperree

        didnt know that great!

    • sd

      It has me wondering, could Nintendo afford Capcom? Also if they did buy capcom would it be too much of a financial burden, it could be their undoing. Probably cheaper for them to expand their current development teams and just ramp up production by bringing backk all of their IP’s.

      Plus they can focus on their new IP which might be a really good RTS game. That would make good use of the gamepad and add something new for them.

      My second Nintendo prediction. the first is a price drop with Zelda and a zelda bundle at the new price.

      Second is the new IP being an RTS game to make use of the gamepad.

      • Scott Duperree

        Wouldn’t they be able to cut costs for Capcom’s expenses by folding them into their current company marketing strategies, and scrapping multi-platform burdens so they can focus on pumping out great games? (Understand I am no business man) According to Wikipedia Capcom is worth something like 800 million USD. I’m guessing that even though Nintendo is worth quite a bit more, that is still too steep a price for them. Hey, they should still purchase Platinum though.

        • sd

          It would certainly be a good move if it worked. Make capcom games exclusive to Nintendo and you will certainly sell a heap more. They could scale back, but they would need the IPs and also the development side. Everything else could go. My initial curiosity was the outright purchase price and how much Nintendo have. I think capcom is about 10% of nintendos value so it would be possible for them.
          The risk would come if they did that and the WiiU did actually fail. Maybe it would take them too long to get games out to benefit from this? Hopefully its not going to happen. But buying a large company when you are currently not doing as well is tough.

      • Scott Duperree

        This is my imagination getting out of hand but if Capcom was bought by Nintendo: Coming 2015 exclusive for the Wii U – Street Fighter 5 ; Resident Evil 5&6 Wii U & 3DS Compilation by 2014; a new Viewtiful Joe game in the works and of course – Objection! Ace Attorney joins the fight!

  • Logan Waltz

    maybe not outsource devil may cry to some shitty little dev team to make a pile of crap and you’ll get better sales.

    • Joel

      Positive reviews say otherwise. So what if Dante isn’t a goth boy anymore?

      • Logan Waltz

        somebody’s opinion says otherwise? yeah, sales, plenty of fans, and 30fps say dmc was crap. considering the amount of hype on the bloody thing, it should have sold circles around it’s actual numbers.