Capcom CEO Kenzo Tsujimoto has pledged to hire "at least 100 software developers every year" as part of the publisher's drive to ramp up internal development.

Tsujimoto's plans were outlined in an open letter on Capcom's website where he said that he wants "to build a development framework that can put the right people in the right places. This process will reflect an understanding of what consumers want and what types of products have become hits.

"From now on, I play to hire at least 100 software developers every year to give us an even more powerful development workforce. Furthermore, I want to establish clear targets for these developers so they can help make Capcom even stronger."

Tsujimoto's comments follow an initiative outlined last year that will see the developer move away from outsourcing projects to external developers to concentrate on internal development.

Lost Planet 3, DMC: Devil May Cry, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Bionic Commando and Dark Void were each outsourced to external studios, with the majority launching to average critical reception.

The firm blamed part of its fiscal year 2013 shortfall on "excessive outsourcing".

As well as a new Street Fighter IV entry and PS4 RPG Deep Down, Capcom's internal studios are also believed to be working on Resident Evil 7.