Speaking to Gamasutra at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco today, Capcom senior vice president Christian Svensson made a bold prediction about his company's future revenues. He says that 50 percent of Capcom's revenue and operating profit will come from digital sales by 2017.
"And certainly sometime before five years from now, every game will be digital and retail day and date," he said. "On some platforms that's already the case – it is on Vita."
"In Europe, the PlayStation 3 is already that way. I wish it were that way in the States as well. But I'd say that's an inevitability. No one is really fighting that, but the question is when that will occur."
Svensson did say that, at least in his eyes, retail will always have a place in the video game industry despite the rise of digital commerce, but he added that "the value proposition of retail and publishers will change."
"I think that retail's role will shift from planned purchase to impulse purchase, predominantly, and planned purchases will increasingly happen online, just for sheer convenience's sake," he added.