Capcom pushes back on gacha-likes and loot boxes in 2020 annual report

Resident Evil Village Goat Man
Resident Evil Village Goat Man (Image credit: Capcom)

What you need to know

  • Capcom released its 2020 annual report.
  • The company noted how loot boxes have become a controversial topic.
  • Capcom is focused on gameplay elements that don't rely on loot boxes or "gacha-likes."

Video game publishers like Capcom are continuing to see high sales and massive growth but lootboxes remain a controversial topic. In Capcom's 2020 annual report, the company notes that gacha game mechanics and loot boxes will not be pursued in Capcom titles.

The report reads that "As a creator of entertainment culture, Capcom believes that games should be enjoyed for the entertainment value they provide with gameplay, not for thrills associated with winning a lottery. We do not want to see games that are supposed to make people happy having the opposite effect as a result of excessive charges."

The report continues with Capcom emphasizing that these elements will be kept out of its games, with a focus on fair fun, stating "For that reason, we are working to ensure that all users can enjoy our games fairly and safely. In principle, we minimize gacha elements in the mobile games we develop; in our home video games, we provide any content required to enjoy the full game free of charge, while offering some additional content at low cost."

Capcom has seen major success over the last couple of years, with the Resident Evil franchise reaching over 105 million copies sold, with Resident Evil 3 remake accounting for 3 million copies sold. Meanwhile, Monster Hunter World has risen to become Capcom's best-selling game of all time at over 16 million copies sold.

Capcom's next major games are Monster Hunter Rise and Resident Evil Village, which are set to release on March 26 and May 7, respectively. There's a wide variety of different editions for the latter game available, which is taking Capcom's iconic horror franchise to a mysterious Gothic setting.

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Samuel Tolbert
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