After a quiet 2014, Capcom has come out swinging this year with a busy slate of releases.
MCV catches up with its new European bossKatsuhiko Ichii and marketing director Antoine Molant to see how Capcom’s year has been so far, and finds out about its big plans for Street Fighter V.
We also speak to Konami to find out how its PES series is catching up with EA’s blockbuster FIFA franchise, and what role the Latin America market played in this.
And Mike Bithell, Sam Barlow, Dan Marshall and Dan Pinchbeck talk to MCV about the slew of UK-made digital releases that hit online storefronts this summer.
Furthermore, leaders in the sector bring MCV up to speed about the the latest trends in the games merchandise market.
Below are the full contents of this week’s issue. The digital edition can be read here.
- COVER: Publishers have learnt nothing from broken game fisco, warn bug testers
- COVER: Sega, Curve and Ripstone back Digital Counts campaign
- NEWS: ‘Pre-order problems could deter the most valuable consumers in the industry’
- NEWS: The Hut Group reorganises games and tech team with new recruits
- NEWS: Konami convinced Pro Evolution Soccer can catch up with FIFA
- NEWS: Worst August in 19 years for UK games retailers
- INTERVIEW: Capcom Europe’s new CEO Katsuhiko Ichii and marketing director Antoine Molant on the firm’s 2015 fight back
- THE BIG GAME: After years of struggling to compete with football giant FIFA, Konami says its Pro Evolution Soccer series is closing the game – but how has it managed this? And what role has the Latin America market played in the series’ comeback?
- FEATURE: MCV catches up with some of the biggest names in games merchandise
- FEATURE: Made in Britain: we speak to indie development experts about the British digital games renaissance
- INDIE INTERVIEW: Freejam has taken every kid’s dream – building a robot – and turned into free-to-play hit Robocraft. MCV reports
- INSIGHT: Generation Media’s Alex Smith on how targeted kids ad campaigns are on the rise, and which firms are driving this trend
- INTERVIEW: Future’s games group editor in chief Dan Dawkins on whether this year’s Golden Joysticks can top last year
- APPOINTMENTS: Konami vet Cox joins new studio Fish in a Bottle
- SHELF LIFE: Martin Culmer of Chester-le-Street’s Video Gaming 24/7 on why pre-owned PS3s are selling well and why he thinks Star Wars Battlefront might beat Call of Duty: Black Ops III as the biggest game of the year
- MARGIN MAKERS: MCV rounds up some of the best board and card games on the market, featuring Exploding Kittens, Magic: The Gathering and Pathfinder
- INTERNATIONAL: Inspite of its thriving development community, Indonesia is struggling with the high cost of games