Capcom’s making money again

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Last year was Capcom’s least profitable year since 2006. The company’s been in financial doldrums for quite some time – but it looks like things are starting to pick up for the publisher. The company’s divulged its fiscal report ending March 31, 2014, and it’s actually making money.

The big earner for Capcom this time around is, unsurprisingly, Monster Hunter 4 for the 3DS. Anything Monster Hunter brings in huge wads of cash for the company. It launched in Japan in September last year, and has sold 4.1m units, becoming Capcom’s sixth-best selling game ever. Monster Hunter 4 has yet to launch in the West.

It’s not the only one of Capcom’s games to have done well; the Dragon’s dogma series has seen “firm sales”, and expected sales for  Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Dual Destinies on the 3DS “were basically achieved” . The company’s digitally-available HD remake, DuckTales: Remastered saw “over-performance”.

The game that convinced me I want an Xbox One, Dead Rising 3 has sold over 1.2 million copies since its release last year, which is not at all terrible for a platform exclusive on new hardware. One game that has performed pretty poorly is Spark Unlimited’s Lost Planet 3. The sequel performed well below expectations, something Capcom says is “due in part to intensifying competition in the European and US markets.” Personally, we think it performed poorly because it was pretty damned mediocre.

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Overall, sales have increased 8.6 per cent to 102 billion yen ($1Bn ), and profit rose 15.9 per cent to 3.4 billion yen ($33.4m). Capcom’s focus for the year is on online games for the PC and other systems – and Deep Down for the PS4. And no Mega-Man anything, probably.

Though it still makes more money than Capcom, Konami’s shareholders can’t be pleased.  The Metal Gear and Pro Evo publisher has seen profits halved from 2013’s fiscals. Their net income has dropped from 13.2bn yen ($129m) to 6.2bn ($60m). Game sales have decreased 37 per cent in the last year.

Last Updated: May 8, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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