Capcom midterm earnings mixed, Lost Planet Colonies resurfaces

Rise in six-month revenue doesn't prevent losses; German ratings board lists possible spin-off or sequel for 360.

Capcom today reported earnings for the six months ending on September 30, 2007, and the numbers painted a mixed picture. On one hand, revenues for the period increased 6.6 percent year-over-year to total ¥31.1 billion ($276.3 million), thanks to stronger than expected sales of Monster Hunter 2 and Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition.

On the other hand, the company's ¥1.6 billion ($14.2 million) in net income was a 16.3 percent decrease from the same period in 2006. One of the biggest culprits was a dramatic fall in Capcom's revenue from arcades, which plummeted 68.9 percent from ¥4.3 billion ($38.2 million) to ¥1.4 billion ($12.4 million) during the six month period.

"Consumer game software is one of our core business segments, and the favorable performance of this segment played a leading role in overall sales growth," the company said in a statement. For the full year ending March 31, 2008, it expects ¥78 billion ($693.1 million) in net revenue and ¥6.2 billion ($55 million) in net income, up from ¥74.5 billion ($661.8 million) and 5.9 billion ($52.4 million) the prior fiscal year.

The decline in profit was in part due to the fact that one of Capcom's biggest hits of calendar 2007, Lost Planet: Extreme Condition for the Xbox 360, launched during its last fiscal year on January 12, 2007. The PC version went on sale June 26, during its current fiscal year but only sold 12,620 units as of August 31 in the US, according to the NPD Group. (By comparison, the 360 version sold 652,951 copies.)

Despite the poor performance of the PC Lost Planet, Capcom plans on launching a PlayStation 3 version of the game in the first three months of 2008. This week also saw further evidence of a sequel--or spin-off--to the sci-fi shooter to surface in Europe. The Underhaltungselbskontrolle (USK)--Germany's answer to the Entertainment Software Ratings Board--now has a listing for an Xbox 360 third-person shooter called "Lost Planet Colonies." The game is rated as being suitable for gamers 16 years of age or older.

If that name sounds familiar, it's because Capcom trademarked the title "Lost Planet Colonies" earlier this year with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. On September 18, the trademark was granted for "video game software," but no details about platform or genre were given. Contradicting rumors peg the game as either a straight sequel to Lost Planet or a spin-off centering on tactical combat. Capcom has not commented on the rumors, but company representatives have publicly said a sequel is likely.

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Fluffman
Fluffman

awsome i hope they get some new maps and weapons that is...if the game comes out

jtek_maoriboy
jtek_maoriboy

Well, what ever happens I hope they stay true to the online experience because thats awesome. But I do have to admit, the campaign itself was for the most part, mediocre but had alot of potential. Espescially if they stay intune and build on its current storyline, just make it better, heaps better!

dookson
dookson

yeh same with me basantinflic. i could be never be bothered waiting to get into a game but hopefuly this game is better

basantainlfc
basantainlfc

Great, if they do make a sequal I hope they make a better multi-player interface :| beacause currently it takes me like 10 mins to get into an online game in LP :|

Franzkill
Franzkill

I'll most likely get the 360 version along with a 360 next Friday.

deviltronix
deviltronix

Karaam, you are an idiot. Capcom betrayed you?? Wow you are thick.

awheaten
awheaten

I second that thought Tokyo90. That is the most stupidest comment ever. The PS3 is the better console. Ok, they threw alot into the hardware. Maybe too much. (Which makes me wonder why people call the 40gb version stripped down. Thats another subject). Sony is on the rise. They may never beat Microsoft or Nintendo this generation. But, I believe Sony will learn from their mistakes and do better in the future. I'm not getting LP, unless I can get a used version from Gamestop. However, I do believe that Capcom needs to come out with some exclusive for the PS3. Sony is selling like hot cakes. Its about time 3rd parties come back to Sony. I say make LP 2 an exclusive for PS3. There is more storage, better graphic capabilities, and better controller, yeah I said it. Yours truely, A legit fanboy!

Tokyo90
Tokyo90

SalarianChemist: Lost Planet 2 or "Lost Planet Colonies" will likely be released exclusively for the Xbox 360. The PS3 version of the first Lost Planet won't even be available until 2008...and it likely will sell very poorly, considering the following facts: (1) The Xbox 360 version is a best-seller and can be purchased right now for only $29.99 (2) The Xbox 360 downloads with all of the extra content are now available for free! (3) The Xbox 360 version has better graphics. Obviously, very few people are going to want to pay more money ($60) for a PS3 version of an Xbox 360 game, especially when you consider that the Xbox 360 version has better graphics and free downloads. If the PS3 version suffers the same kind of poor sales as the PC version, as it likely will, since most people interested in Lost Planet bought it within the first six months for Xbox 360, then there will likely never be PS3 version of Lost Planet 2 ever created....and the only reason there might be a PC version of Lost Planet 2 is because it is so inexpensive to port Xbox 360 games to PC. spoken like a true stupid xbox360 fanboy

ninjasam
ninjasam

yeah capcom, bring resident evil 5 to the wii! Also dull down the graphics so that it looks like crap! Thats what happened with other games. maybe you can just release it for the next generation of Nintendo consoles, maybe it can support it.

X-RS
X-RS

i dont want to get into graphic wars of ps3/360, still i think lighting in lost planet is a #1 priority (with all that snow/smoke) so i could see where salarian chemist is coming from - cept with a blu ray disc you could put all the extra features on easy, and they're free ob xbl now... neways id like to see a survival mode with tha big worms n stuff.

Heathcliff
Heathcliff

"Stronger than expected" sales of RE4 wii edition.... Hey Capcom, the message is loud and clear. Bring RE5 to Wii!

Karaam
Karaam

it's too late, considering the amount of AAA games coming out in Q1 2008, i'm not going to buy it and I don't thing anybody else would want it over Killzone 2. I'm sorry capcom but you betrayed us, now your getting it in the rear opening.

lionelchu
lionelchu

i'm sorry to say this, but putting this game on the ps3 is a bad move. knowing all the other first person shooters that are out now, lost planet just doesn't do n e thing for me. i dont think it will be a good investment by the time it comes out for ps3 unless they add a lot more features or wutever.

Mcgnnis1
Mcgnnis1

Holy Cricket!!! lost Planet on PS3..Lucky Me..

dantesergei
dantesergei

since i cannot afford two consoles i wish dead rising went to the ps3 too :) i dont even have money for the ps3 :(

Mafoofoo
Mafoofoo

Heh the PS3 library is growing!

NeoNavarro
NeoNavarro

I'd play the sequel I thought the first one was good. Glad to hear that the PS3 owners will be getting a copy too :)

uklegendkiller
uklegendkiller

Great news, i realy enjoyed the first game, and i can't wait for the sequel/Spin-off to come out. Hopefully there will be a mutiplayer co-op mode online and off line it's the only thing the first was missing that let it down.

puckhead778
puckhead778

ehh lost planet was alright...i enjoyed it for a few weeks but then it got old...maybe the sequel will be better

D00nut
D00nut

If they make another Lost Planet game, they have to do something with co op. The single player was so much more fun than the multiplayer. If it was cleaned up, the MP could be a blast but as I see it the SP stands as the better part of Lost Planet so it deserves the ability to let friends blast the Akrid together!

CloudyWoIf
CloudyWoIf

I loved Lost Planet. Let's hope they get this next game out ASAP. It's one of the most enjoyable online experiences i've ever had.

dmcphillie
dmcphillie

@SalarianChemist, Sorry have to disagree, thats OK if you have an XBOX and a PS3, but, chances are you'll own one or the other, and if you've got a PS3 you'll want to play it. Not only the original, but no doubt they'll include ALL the downloadable content (plus a few extras) and make the opening price 5 - 10 quid cheaper ala Oblivion. Also you can't say the graphics are better when the game isn't even out yet. As for the PC version, that comes down to a business decision remember. Games are developed on PCs THEN ported to consoles (straightforward for the XBOX architecture, bugger for the PS3) So , do you stick to one customer base or expand it? More money is made from sequels than new IP's Hope the PS3 picks up, I hate to see a console fail. Back to Halo D.

xboxFan101
xboxFan101

@SalarianChemist alot tru facts there . but some folk (ps3 fanboys) mite disagree on ur graphics statement lol tru facts though.

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

Lost Planet 2 or "Lost Planet Colonies" will likely be released exclusively for the Xbox 360. The PS3 version of the first Lost Planet won't even be available until 2008...and it likely will sell very poorly, considering the following facts: (1) The Xbox 360 version is a best-seller and can be purchased right now for only $29.99 (2) The Xbox 360 downloads with all of the extra content are now available for free! (3) The Xbox 360 version has better graphics. Obviously, very few people are going to want to pay more money ($60) for a PS3 version of an Xbox 360 game, especially when you consider that the Xbox 360 version has better graphics and free downloads. If the PS3 version suffers the same kind of poor sales as the PC version, as it likely will, since most people interested in Lost Planet bought it within the first six months for Xbox 360, then there will likely never be PS3 version of Lost Planet 2 ever created....and the only reason there might be a PC version of Lost Planet 2 is because it is so inexpensive to port Xbox 360 games to PC.

ctg867
ctg867

Lost Planet 2 coming in Q1 2009? Sounds alright to me. I figure it'll at least be 360/PS3 day one, if not also include the PC.

mwa
mwa

hmm hopefully they make more lost planet games. the first one was short, but good nontheless

xboxFan101
xboxFan101

(felshs) soo tru _________________________________________________________________ but no commitment meens less exclusives gaming console wars will die slowly unless console makers get creative like Nintendo and make things like wii .it will b about what system has the best controller . exclusives is the reason behind games wars its the back bone with out them we wood have peace between gamers :). and who really wants that drama makes the world go round .

Eloy
Eloy

I think Capcom have to change their minds and their technologies to perform Resident Evil 5 on Wii...that'll be a good way to say thanks for the sales of RE4 Wii edition....even if that edition doesn't have same graphic engine as XBOX360 and PS3

Lum_Yatsura
Lum_Yatsura

Yeah... They're not good at keeping "exclusive" games exclusive. It's happened before though. Mega Man Network Transmission and P.N.03 are only on Gamecube. Also, Mega Man X2 remains SNES exclusive in all regions outside North America. The Japanese and PAL versions of it have never been ported or included on any compilation.

felshs
felshs

most of all previously exclusive capcom games are go to multiplatform so its not surprise that the lost planet will do so, just like RE4 series suppost to be exclusive for Gamecube but goes on to ps2 a year later. one thing that capcom is not good at, commitment !

xboxFan101
xboxFan101

so... are they gonna put this one ps3 a year later to , after they fully said the 1st game wouldn't b gonig multiplatform . i have no problems with mulitplat but stick to ur words man .

Josepiphus
Josepiphus

I loved lost planet... The colony idea intrigues me. What if it's in fact an FPS RPG!?!? That would be sickly.

thorsen-ink
thorsen-ink

raahsnavj Did I hear that right? RE4 Wii was what increased their sales and FPS'es caused the loss? ______ Arcade games caused the loss--they operate many arcades in japan

dj_b02us
dj_b02us

well hey capcom, you wanna make money, then bring back the man himself. the BLUE BOMBER. and NO i dont mean some new freaked out wierd megaZB149 manzinger garbage. Im talkin what you so politely dub "classic" megaman. and not just another side scroller. 3d baby! and not legends. Good wonderful megaman in a real next gen title. then BAM. start cashing the checks.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Did I hear that right? RE4 Wii was what increased their sales and FPS'es caused the loss?

Space-Q
Space-Q

ugh, I just could not get into lost planet. sold it after a couple levels. I wish they would put this money into some new ideas...I mean doesn't capcom have enough big franchises bringing in money that they can afford to take risks.

gordanfreeman53
gordanfreeman53

Lost Planet 2? Weeeehoooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

spunkymulvagh
spunkymulvagh

I loved Lost planet very cool game Now i here we get another sin at this franchise I,m a happy camper Now please bring us Dead Rising 2

ShadoweaverCode
ShadoweaverCode

Lost Planet sequel??? Niiiiice. I'll definitely get that for 360, the first game was awesome! also LMAO at the Robocop comments below, "I'd buy that for a dollar!" I loved that movie waaaay too much.

IKKF
IKKF

I'd rather have a Dead Rising sequel.

rulo_rezn0r
rulo_rezn0r

capcom is releasing lost plnet on the ps3 to see if they release the sequel as well hope they do good, but the bad part is that is a very old game, maybe its too late

dorohala
dorohala

They better bring out sooner or later!!!

BulletBrigade
BulletBrigade

It doesnt matter as long as Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles comes out on time, besides, they have more than a few hit franchises so they'll be fine.

MasterChief725
MasterChief725

well, it doesnt matter, because just like lost planet, if it comes to PS3 a year later, it will no longer be big. I mean, who is gonna buy lost planet for PS3?? actually, they might, the PS3 has like, 6 good games lol.

Kraige
Kraige

peeweeshift it'll come to 360 and ps3 this time at simultaneous release. And yet theres no news about a PS3 release IMO this series will be released like Ninja Gaiden e.g when PS3 finally get the first one theres about six months until the second comes out on 360 and then theres a year wait untill PS3 get that one (if at all).

SpigleyMcCheese
SpigleyMcCheese

I think we can all agree that before any Lost Planet sequel we would prefer to see a) A pretty darn soon release date for Street Fighter 4 b) A Dead Rising 2 c) Cookies. Meet my demands Capcom!! Meet. My. Demands.

WmRedwine
WmRedwine

Where is the next Dead Rising? That's what I want to know.

razu_gamer
razu_gamer

Look capcom, just make sure street fighter 4 is awesome on the Wii.