Capcom USA appoints new Chief Operating Officer

Industry heavyweight Rob Dyer has been appointed as Capcom USA’s new Chief Operating Officer.

Dyer has pedigree. Previous roles include stints at Sony Computer Entertainment America, Zynga and Eidos Interactive.

He will now oversee Capcom’s stateside operations, reporting directly to CEO Kiichiro Urata.

“[Dyer] will help steer the success of our incredible portfolio of popular brands such as Monster Hunter, Resident Evil, Street Fighter, Devil May Cry, and more,” said Urata in a statement.

It’s a good time for Dyer to be joining the company. Last month, Capcom recorded a monster growth in profits during H1 results.

For the six-months ending 30 September, the company raked in ¥43.3 billion, a 28.5% jump from the same period last year. Operating income came in at ¥10.5billion, up from ¥5billion.

Growth has been driven by the success of Monster Hunter: World. The company’s all-time bestseller has now shipped 10.7million copies worldwide. Despite no new games being released in the second quarter of financial year, Capcom has leveraged the game’s micro-transactions to drive up the profit margins.

Dyer will now help push through Capcom’s new business strategy. Urata told investors at the earnings announcement that the company is now focused on releasing three new AAA games a year. These titles are expected to have an extended lifespan of 3 to 4 years through additional content.

It’s a sound strategy. Recently Activision Blizzard has seen its share price wobble in an industry where a pipeline of new releases is needed to inspire investor confidence.

Spring will see the arrival of one of Capcom’s most-anticipated titles when Devil May Cry 5 hits the shelves. There is also a remake of Resident Evil 2 and the expansion of Monster Hunter: World on PC to come.