Capcom’s annual integrated report confirmed that free DLC is in the works for Resident Evil Village and Monster Hunter Rise. This is part of a push by Capcom to focus its planning towards digital sales for its unique content.
In the report, Capcom’s Director and Executive Corporate Officer Yoichi Egawa talked about the company’s creative strategy going forward. Egawa spoke to Capcom’s desire to focus on digital sales to cater to the evolving gaming market. To that end, Capcom aims to release free downloadable content for two of its most popular recent releases.
We don’t currently know what this DLC content will look like. However, the fact that it’s free could suggest that something bigger is coming to Resident Evil Village and Monster Hunter Rise.
What we know about the free Resident Evil Village and Monster Hunter Rise DLC
Both Resident Evil Village and Monster Hunter Rise have received paid DLC already in the form of new weapons and cosmetics, so the games aren’t starved for content. Free DLC, however, is a different story. It could be that this DLC includes brand new story content, perhaps in the form of new campaigns. Capcom didn’t go into specifics regarding the DLC content, so we can only speculate on what it will look like.
Egawa explained the impetus behind this push for free DLC below:
Based on our medium-term goals, as the head of development, I am striving to fulfill my revenue responsibilities by allocating 80% of the development investment budget to steaily developing popular IP series such as Resident Evil and Monster Hunter for various platforms. […] We will drive our customer management to understand the playing trends and preferences of users while also building a business model for online operations, taking into account the situation of our free additional DLC for titles such as Monster Hunter Rise and Resident Evil Village.Yoichi Egawa, Director and Executive Corporate Officer at Capcom
It seems that Egawa and Capcom are leaning heavily into digital distribution and services for its games. Considering how well Resident Evil Village and Monster Hunter Rise have sold, focusing on free DLC content makes sense. Now it’s just a matter of waiting to see what Capcom has in store for us.