Social networks can no longer be ignored by game publishers, Capcom president Haruhiro told BusinessWeek, so the company plans to release its first game on Facebook as early as this fiscal year.

"Gaming on social networks is poised to impact the traditional video game industry and is a presence that cannot be ignored," Capcom President Haruhiro Tsujimoto said in an interview in Tokyo today. "We have to make our move."

What exactly that move will be is anyone's guess, but do keep in mind that not all of Capcom's games are slick, graphics-heavy productions like Dead Rising or Lost Planet. They also have quite a robust line-up of puzzle titles, which strikes me as the sort of title that could work quite well on Facebook.

Capcom Plans to Release Its First Facebook Game, President Says [Bloomberg]