Resident Evil 5 and Street Fighter Iv were excellent performers for Capcom; critically and publically adored – with sales to match.
Lost Planet 2, on the other hand; a game the company had pegged to be a flagship, pretty much tanked – both in the hearts of gamers, and at retail. It’s now one of the reasons that Capcom have lowered their forecasts for this fiscal year.
The company now expects sales totalling 40,500 million yen for the six month period between April and September this year, considerably lower than their initial forecast of 45,300 million.
"There was a delay in the release of the major title Dead Rising 2," says the associated press release. "In addition, the rapid increase in the yen’s value relative to the US dollar and Euro has reduced sales and operating income.â€ "Furthermore, Capcom has been unable to offset the large shortfall in sales relative to the plan for the flagship title Lost Planet 2 that was released overseas in the fiscal year’s first quarter."
Dead Rising 2’s been much more enthusiastically received, so hopefully things will pick up for the Street Fighter house. I wonder how long it’ll be though, before Megaman creator Keiji Inafune blames the slump on Capcom’s games just not being western enough.
Source : Capcom
Last Updated: October 5, 2010