Like a number of the once-giant Japanese games publishers, Capcom has had a quiet time of it lately on the global stage. In fact, overall revenue this year hit its lowest point since 2004. We reckon, though, games available developed by its internal production studios were still pulling in around $150m of total revenue in the last 12 months. The company has recently undergone a restructure to compensate for the lower income, but is now ramping up again as it prepares a new entry in the Street Fighter series and key re-releases for the market.
ABOUT Country: Japan www.capcom.com
BIOWARE Despite the presumed decline of Star Wars: The Old Republic in the last year, and then paired with the so-so sales performance of Dragon Age III, BioWare remains one of core gaming’s most beloved studios. Even in the face of controversial writing or corporate rejigging – the BioWare map has been redrawn numerous times as studios close and leaders leave – the RPG experts have a truly engaged audience. Most of them are waiting for one thing: the next Mass Effect title Andromeda. The studio isn’t going to leave the once-finished trilogy alone, announcing a new series was in the offing during E3 2015.
ABOUT Country: Canada www.bioware.com
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