CAPCOM

e-CLUSTER ClubiT

 

Press Release

December 22, 2005

Capcom Co., Ltd.
Club iT Corporation.

Capcom's World Famous Library, Beginning With The “Resident Evil” Series,
To Be Available On Game-On-Demand Service “G-Cluster”!

Capcom Co., Ltd. (located in Chuo-ku, Osaka and headed by Kenzo Tsujimoto - refered to henceforth simply as “Capcom”), in conjunction with Club iT Corporation. (located in Minato-ku, Tokyo and headed by Taro Hashimoto - referred to henceforth as “Club iT”), is pleased to announce that the G-Cluster service will begin offering Capcom games to consumers as of December 22. G-Cluster is the name of Club iT's game-on-demand service active both in Japan and abroad. Moving forward, Capcom and Club iT have set their sights on growing to over 100,000 users in the near future.
This partnership combines Club iT's ability to deliver quality content via the established broadband network and Capcom's extensive library of hit games spanning from classic titles to more recent hits to create a new way of distributing videogame content to eager consumers.

Club iT's game-on-demand service began in October of last year and it currently provides its services via 9 major ISP portals. The addition of Capcom's catalog of titles should serve to lure potential customers and will boost G-Cluster's already robust userbase. Capcom is proud to affiliate itself with the G-Cluster service.

Capcom is poised to actively promote usage of the G-Cluster service and feels that the sale and distribution of games through electronic means rather than the traditional brick-and-mortar approach is an excellent opportunity to increase the number of users. Cooperation between the two companies will continue in an active fashion to help make this a reality. In addition to providing quality titles for download, Capcom will set up a special section on its own website devoted to PR and promotion of the G-Cluster service and to increase awareness of the availability of Capcom's titles on said service.

The first batch of Capcom games to be made available consists of four titles. They are “Resident Evil 3”, “Mega Man X5”, “Chaos Legion”, and “Dino Crisis”. Additionally, plans are already set to bring tens of titles including those from the famed “Resident Evil” series as well as the “Onimusha” series to the service in the near future. The selection will not be limited to these games originally created for the home videogame market, but will also include titles from the venerated catalog of Capcom arcade games. Please see the attached sheet of titles for a list of those titles currently slated for release. This marks the first opportunity for G-Cluster to distribute hit titles that have achieved sales of 1 million units in Japan alone. In addition to providing each title for individual download, a system known as the “Capcom Satisfaction Pack” will be available allowing users to pay a monthly fee of 1,575 yen that allows them to play all the games they want (limited to a generous 100 hours per month). Details are available on the attached sheet. Those who opt for the monthly service will receive an original game controller as an added incentive.

Moving forward, it is the intention of both companies to continue working together both within Japan and in an international scope to bring many exciting services to users.


[Product Descriptions]

Resident Evil 3

Phoenix Wright 3

Ghosts 'N Goblins


G-Cluster represents a breakthrough technology through which users can use virtually any computer to download the content offered without the need for installing specialized software. Until now, similar services that have offered game downloads have required the user's computer to handle complex calculations required for the game, but the G-Cluster service handles such calculations on the server side, allowing the user the freedom enjoy the games instantly and on any computer they wish to use in the same fashion as streaming video. It also allows for playing against other gamers via the internet and communication between games. This truly represents the pinnacle of on-demand-gaming.

END

[G-Cluster Service URL] www.clubit-gc.net
[G-Cluster Promotion Website URL] www.gamec.jp
[Capcom Website URL] www.capcom.co.jp/s-games/


(Inquiries regarding the above information may be directed to the following outlets)

Capcom Co., Ltd.
Public Relations Department (Tanaka or Tamoto) TEL: (06) 6920-3623
Club iT Corporation
Corporate Planning Group (Shindo or Yamamoto) TEL: (03) 6439-3983


[Document 1: “Capcom Satisfaction Pack” Information]

Service start date
December 22, 2005 (Thursday)

Service contents
“Capcom Satisfaction Pack”
Monthly fee: 1,575 yen (100 hours of play time)
* Includes original game controller
* 1st month of service free
“Time Extension Ticket”
525 yen (25 hours of play time)
“Ala Carte” (Individual Purchase)
525 yen / 7 day period (10 hours of play time)

Prices listed above include consumption tax.

ISP portals offering this service
“Capcom Satisfaction Pack”
·Club iT Arena
·BIGLOBE
·OCN
·ODN
“Ala Carte” (Individual Purchase)
In addition to the ISP portals listed above, the following ISP portals offer the “Ala Carte” service
·@nifty
·Excite
·goo
·livedoor
·So-net
·Vector
It is expected that the abovementioned ISP portals will subsequently take on the wider range of services offered in the future.


[Document 2: Titles to be Distributed]

In addition to those titles listed below, we plan to add tens of older major titles and popular arcade titles from our extensive library over the course of the year.

Title

Platform

Title

Platform

Resident Evil 2

PC

Vulgus

Arcade

Resident Evil 3

PC

Armored Warriors

Arcade

Onimusha 3

PC

Gunsmoke

Arcade

Phoenix Wright

PC

Ghouls ‘N Ghosts

Arcade

Phoenix Wright 2

PC

Mega Man Power Battles

Arcade

Phoenix Wright 3

PC

Mega Man Power Battles 2

Arcade

Mega Man X5

PC

Capcom Sports Club

Arcade

Mega Man X8

PC

Black Dragon

Arcade

Chaos Legion

PC

Bionic Commando

Arcade

Dino Crisis

PC

Exed Exes

Arcade

Dino Crisis 2

PC

Commando

Arcade

Breath of Fire 4

PC

Legendary Wings

Arcade

1941

Arcade

Magic Sword

Arcade

1942

Arcade

MERCS

Arcade

1943

Arcade

Strider

Arcade

Ghosts ‘N Goblins

Arcade

Varth

Arcade

Knights of the Round

Arcade

Forgotten Worlds

Arcade

Captain Commando

Arcade

Cyberbots

Arcade

King of Dragons

Arcade

Strider 2

Arcade

SonSon

Arcade

   

[Document 3: Participants´ Corporate Information]

Capcom Co., Ltd.

President&CEO:

Kenzo Tsujimoto

Address:

3-1-3, Uchihiranomachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka

Date of Establishment:

May, 1979

Capital:

27,581 (Millions of yen)

Stock Exchange :

Tokyo, Osaka (Company Code: 9697)

Main Output :

(1) Home Videogame software planning, development, sales
(2) Operation of amusement centers

Club iT Corporation.

President&CEO:

Taro Hashimoto

Address:

Aoyama Tower Place 5F, 8-4-14 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Date of Establishment:

September, 1996

Capital:

579 (Millions of yen)

Stock Exchange :

Hercules (Company Code: 4347)

Main Output :

In addition to ties with Softbank's media broadcast group, we also engage in the distribution of broadband content for consumers.


Back to FY2005 Press Release Page

Close