Capcom to launch three Facebook-connected iPhone games as soon as October

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Capcom, famed developer of the Street Fighter and Mega Man series, is currently developing three iPhone games with Facebook connection that could launch as early as October, according to Capcom President Haruhiro Tsujimoto. While details are extremely scarce on what these games could be, "two of the games will have our original content and one more will include licensed characters," Tsujimoto said today at Tokyo Game Show.

Capcom is looking to capitalize on the popularity of games on Facebook and News Corp.'s MySpace, a market ThinkEquity LLC estimates will triple to $2 billion by 2012 in the U.S, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

What's even less clear about this news is what level of connection to Facebook these games will have. If they simply support Facebook Connect like a majority of popular iPhone games, then these games probably won't be anything too groundbreaking. But, if the three games support Facebook connectivity on a level that, say, Zynga's FarmVille does on the iPhone, this could be huge for both Osaka-based Capcom and the social games industry.

Which Capcom franchise would you like to see on Facebook? Could we be seeing a shift in priorities for big-time developers to social gaming cash cow? Sound off in the comments. Add Comment.
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