Capcom has decided that the PS3 is too costly to develop for and decided to make the forthcoming Monster Hunter 3 a Nintendo Wii exclusive. Only a month after announcing that the company would be switching development work from the PS2 to the PS3, Forbes has reported that the company has decided the latest Sony machine is just not worth their while, and that the Wii offers a much more viable option for them.
Monster Hunter 1 and 2 were exclusive to the Sony PS2 and PSP and sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide. Monster Hunter 3 started as a PS3 title, before Capcom announced a Wii version would be made as well. Now the PS3 has been dropped completely and the Wii will be the only home console getting some new Monster hunting action.
Capcom’s managing corporate officer Katsuhiko Ichii said yesterday:
“Due to high development cost of titles for PS3, we have decided to switch the platform to which we release our Monster Hunter 3 title.”
This is going to hit Sony hard as it just adds to the opinion that the PS3 is too hard and expensive to develop for. If Capcom doesn’t have deep enough pockets to develop for the machine, how are smaller 3rd party developers going to manage it?
I can see this being the first of many companies to switch allegiances from the PS3 to both the Xbox 360 and the Wii. Both rivals are selling in higher quantities, meaning the chances of having a profit making game are much higher. And if the cost of making games for the PS3 is significantly higher in the first place then what benefits are left for games developers to stick with Sony?
The other knock on effect of this decision could be to encourage more third party developers to start making games for the Wii. Up until now a number of well known companies have held off entering any games in the Wii release schedule due to the console being seen as underpowered and not graphically capable of doing some titles justice.
If Capcom is willing to put the work in and take a gamble, who else may now follow in their footsteps?