Why do PC games often come out later than their console counterparts? In Capcom’s case at least, it’s because development of the PC version doesn’t start until the console edition is finished.
Resident Evil 6 is coming to PS3 and 360 on 20 November, on PC it’s due “at a later date”. The same is/was true for Street Fighter x Tekken and Street Fighter IV.
Capcom’s Christian Svensson explains:
“Quite often PC development starts when the console development finishes or nearly finishes.
“Unless we start sitting on the console code and not releasing it until the PC development is complete (which we can’t do from a business planning perspective), there’s going to continue to be some small gaps, unfortunately.
“We try to keep the gap as small as possible and, at times, we have been able to make them simultaneous: Dark Void, Bionic Commando, BCR, MotoGP, Dead Rising 2, Dead Rising 2:OTR.”
At least Capcom do try to bring most of their games to PC. That’s more than can be said for most publishers, especially those based out of Japan.