Capcom Talks R&D Restructure, Trusting Creators

Japanese-headquartered Resident Evil creator Capcom aims to respond rapidly to its declining profits with "radical" R&D reform -- divergent structural goals are what led to the departure of veteran Keiji Inafune, the company said.

"As we were under preparation for executing these structural reforms, Mr. Inafune stated that he wants to continue working as an independent creator," an official Capcom representative told investors in a recent Japanese question-and-answer session.

Inafune had a different way of phrasing it, criticizing what he sees as a transformation of game creators into "salarymen" in secure corporate structures.

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