Capcom sales, profits tumble

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D and Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition meet expectations, but lack of big releases hurts bottom line.

Capcom's profits for the quarter ending June 30 were down 23 percent year-on-year to ¥775 million ($9.97 million), while its income was down 37.2 percent to ¥11.953 billion ($154 million), it announced today. This decline was due to the lack of new game releases in the period, Capcom said.

Evil Ryu and the rest of the crew performed as expected.

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D and Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition, which were both released during the firm's most recent fiscal quarter "basically achieved projected sales," the firm said. PSP title Monster Hunter Portable 3rd helped Capcom's bottom line with strong sales, though exact figures were not published.

Game sales were down 57 percent year-on-year, with sales in the three months to June 30 totalling ¥6.4 billion ($83 million) compared to ¥15 billion in the same period last year--a decline of 56.9 percent. Profits were down 76.5 percent to ¥419 million ($5.39 million) for the same period.

Capcom was buoyed by results from other areas of its business, however. Its mobile division, which includes social games on platforms such as Facebook, saw sales rise by a considerable 79.8 percent to ¥1.22 billion ($15.7 million) and saw profits rise by an astronomical 362.2 percent to ¥451 million ($5.8 million).

Its arcade business was also a rare bright spot, despite being seriously affected by the major earthquake that hit Japan in March. "Intense recovery efforts" meant that all of the 10 arcades that were affected by the earthquake had reopened by the end of April, the firm said. The current economic climate was also helping the arcades as they are deemed to be both "affordable" and "readily accessible" by the public, Capcom said.

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156 comments
Scholar_Of_Time
Scholar_Of_Time

Capcom's inherent trolling managed to bite them back in the ass...

Skiveron
Skiveron

Maybe the rest of the profits are in some DLC and capcom is too cheap to produce some good games to unlock them. tsk tsk.

txgamerwavg
txgamerwavg

Yeah cancelled two Mega man games, that pretty F**k up keep making more Resident Evil,SF and whatever, and remake of Resident Evil 4. I just saying that RE4 was Best game ever played, but RE5 it's the same too short and I don't care. For me I want is the New Mega Men Games get over it Capcom!!!

dstv
dstv

Thats what you get for making mediocre games...capcom should just scrap the upcoming resident evil racoon city and focus on Rsident evil 6 ...i dont want an action movie like Re5 and co-op wrecked the whole "survival horror feling" ....bring back the attache case, the ton and tons of secret guns for replay value , get something like the typewriter back and most of all bring back the Merchant ...i miss the "watta ya buyin" and "ahhhh i'll buy it at a high price"....XD....end rant

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

My recommendation for Capcom, make Resident Evil 6 the final game, a remastered Resident Evil Outbreak, and start a new survival series that has the spirit of what the Resident Evil series once was, seclusion, suspence, tension, scares, darkness etc. Resident Evil 5 felt like watching one of the movies, it just didn't feel like Resident Evil.

Charocks
Charocks

Everyone who thinks this is mostly due to them canning Megaman Legends 3 raise your hand. Everyone who thinks Crapcom deserves to bankrupt and their assets sold off (Megaman, Resident Evil, Street Fighter go to Nintendo/Konami/Bethesda/etc) raise both hands.

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

That's what you deserve for F*cking up with mega man legend 3 and universe. You're dead to everyone now, Capcom...

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

I know this may seem a little 'left field', but why not try and develop new IP's instead of simply regurgitating the same old s***e?

BlackDiamond81
BlackDiamond81

People that were loyal to Capcom got tired of being screwed. This is business 101, if you start losing the consumers confidence in the product it won't sell!! Take a look at Namco Bandai (pretty decent company) and Tekken 6. They include everything and don't try to extort you for more characters who are already in and crappy DLC. Go back to your roots and put out quality and not quantity.

TheArcade
TheArcade

I hope SNK kicks their ass with King of Fighters XIII. Capcom deserves to get schooled for their ignorance.

StriderKain
StriderKain

Capcom is just a name, a name without meaning name...the great minds that created many masterpieces with "capcom" have long since gone....there is nothing one can do about it...the directives of capcom cast their own doom with their mediocre decisions

ferretlord2177
ferretlord2177

after what capcom did with mega man legend 3 and universe? f*ck 'em. i just don't care anymore.

vengefulwilberg
vengefulwilberg

I really do hope Capcom rethinks their plans, because it would be a shame to see them go under. I played Capcom games for years and have many fond memories as far as Capcom gaming is concerned. They must stop relying on remakes and give fans something new and interesting to cheer about. Bringing Mega Man X or Mega Man Volnutt back would be a step in the right direction. Lets see how Mega Man can progress instead of regress. Better yet what about ChaosUndivided's idea. Bring the coop experience to the Mega Man Universe. I would pay to see Mega Man and Protoman/Bass team up in coop gameplay. The same can be said with other Capcom games as well.

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

Capcom really just needs to say **** it and release a proper Mega Man and a Proper Resident Evil. I would prefer Resident Evil to actually go back to Survival Horror and hordes of the Undead. This whole parasite crap that explodes heads into giant Venus Fly Trap heads was beyond stupid. Resident Evil 6 needs the following Zombies Zombies Zombies Zombies Limited amount of ammo scattered about Hunters Lickers Giant Spiders Zombies Zombies Zombies

Nocturnal15
Nocturnal15

Keiji Inafune Hideki Kamiya Shinji Mikami Good job Capcom. Only a matter of time until you collapse.

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

Good. Thats what happens when all you've done in the past two years is rehash and re-release the same two fighting games over and over again.

ShaneMaesenko
ShaneMaesenko

Well, I agree with nearly every other comment in this thing, so the only thing I can add is a request that those interested in trying to bring back MML3 join the 100k Strong facebook page. Also, SIGN UP AS A SERVBOT ON DEVROOM!!! Between the two, it takes about a minute or two to do, and it actually helps show you care about MM to Capcom.

Fritzzland
Fritzzland

CAPCOM used to be better,now is just like any another studio: filthy rich and sloppy developing.

franzito
franzito

Capcom is needing to make a GOOD and new Megaman game! The blue boy is missing...

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Well as being a scorned AA, DMC, and hell Onimusha series fan, I can't say I have any pity for their lame asses. Your failing profits, Capcom, is in large part due to your lack of respecting or even listening to your fanbase and doing s*** that you THINK people will buy into. Ha, you all talked that mess about how you all didn't see adequate profit localizing & releasing AAI2 (or Mega Man, for that matter), yet you all don't seem to be racking in anymore money w/ the half-assed rehashes that you thought you would either..... Clearly, a many gamers are choosing to make you idiots pay attention the only way that seems to get your attention....and that is by NOT buying your rehashed BS titles. It's a shame things had to come to this for you Capcom, I used to adore you as company....of course, that was when you all actually used to take chances & everything wasn't about the 'bottom line'. I can only hope this will be a wake-up call to start reevaluating how you handle your games (and fans).

vengefulwilberg
vengefulwilberg

@SolidTy Wow. I didn't know that. Capcom let all of those guys slip away. That has to hurt. This reminds me of how the Chicago Bears cut so many of their more productive players this season. The Bears suck at getting the right players to fill in the positions of those they let go. The possibly of a having a crappy season of Bears football and a lack of good Capcom games seems to be waiting around the corner.

boobush
boobush

How can this be?! I just bought a used copy of Resident Evil DS!!

Nemezzis
Nemezzis

Capcom, you screwed up Clover Studios.

ChaosUndivided
ChaosUndivided

Megaman & Protoman in a Co-op FPS with customisable armor and weapon upgrades with environmental puzzle elements like the original. I know that some may not like this but its an Idea to keep Megaman alive. Have the theme based level select system like the old ones and you both get one the abilities of the bosses each. Team work being a key component.

King-gamer
King-gamer

"lack of big releases" They cancelled Megaman Legends 3 and Universe. So there's your problem Cap. You can still fix it, so just release those games!

TheArcade
TheArcade

I hope it isn't true... although given the current situation I wouldn't be surprised. Megaman's gone MIA from MvC, then they cancel MMU, now they aim to eliminate Legends? It's clear something is going on behind closed doors... If that's the case, the reason why Japanese game devs like Crapcom are behind is due largely to stupid decision making like this. Megaman is, and always was a valued asset to the company. He's garnered more games than Darkstalkers and Street Fighter combined. His popularity has spawned many, MANY incarnations that compliments his standard (X, MMZ, Volnut, etc.) Unlike the grouped-based franchises Megaman is a single face, a single name to associate with Capcom. He's about as old as Sonic or Mario and just like them his iconic status is carried through legions of fans. Megaman is a true gaming mascot, an icon. I used to love Capcom for giving us this brilliant creation. But the fact they shunned him is the same as turning their collective backs on all the fans who supported them all these years. Truly Capcom has lost their way.

GOR_TAK
GOR_TAK

You can only piece-meal out content at ludicrous prices for so long before your fan base says "F" you and turns to pirating

CamoBullo
CamoBullo

"This decline was due to the lack of new game releases in the period, Capcom said." Maybe if you didn't release Street Fighter IV three years in a row.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

Maybe if you didn't cancel Mega Man Legends 3.....

RitsukoEX
RitsukoEX

@kaem79 dude! thats the PC version! I play SSFIVAE offline on my Xbox360.

Ultravile
Ultravile

I don't want Capcom to go out of business. I love their IPs like Resident Evil and Street Fighter. But I am glad that RE Mercs and SF:AE didn't do so well to let Capcom know we do not tolerate being treated like idiots. There is nothing wrong with updated games, but the content MUST be worth the price.

kaem79
kaem79

Don't buy SSFIVAE it has a DRM that forces you to be online constant if you want to play the game. If you're disconnected or whatever reason to offline play the game goes into a demo mode. I'm so pissed-off about that.

DarthVeng_basic
DarthVeng_basic

No one cares about this. This is not news. One week or year sales are up, the next down. It's not news, it's the cycle of life. .

ferretlord2177
ferretlord2177

after screwing over fans on legends 3 and re-releasing the same games again with content existing owners can't download as DLC and how i personally think they ruined the resident evil series with RE5 all i can say is i dont care if capcom goes way of the dodo. but they won't. they have too many big name franchises for that to happen. resident evil 4 was great. all they needed to do was paste over the same mechanics with some new enemies and setting and somehow they screwed it all up with RE5.

strayfies
strayfies

Honestly it was the rapid-fire releases of upgrade versions of their games that kept me from buying twice. I waited on SF4 and still got the Super version for $20 off the sticker, and I'm letting MVC3 breathe before I buy it for the same reasons. If they're gonna play hostage with my wallet, I'm gonna show em how easy it is to hold out.

FuryX-4
FuryX-4

Thats what you get for re-releasing games with different editions, disappointing sequels, paying for the features that should have been in the game at the launch date, milking series, and cancelling MML3.

FuryX-4
FuryX-4

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anthonycg
anthonycg

@TheArcade I heard that they're trying to remove megaman from Capcom because that guy that resigned talked about Japanese devs being three years behind.

lonewolf1044
lonewolf1044

You all may love to see Capcom falter and go out of business but if that happens to every company I wonder what games you will be playing. I do agree it was foul that they release a super version right after the standard one. But I do not wish a company to go out of business, maybe suffer a little bit and hopefully learn from that mistake.

anthonycg
anthonycg

That's what happens when you screw with your fan base. You need us. We don't need you.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

Capcom deserves this, trying to cheat their consumers out buy releasing super duper editions of games 5 months later after the original comes out. Not to mention the one save file thing for RE Mercenaries I don't have symphony for them at all, they are officially the Activi$ion of the far east.

suprsolider
suprsolider

I hope you go bankrupt Capcom, you used to be one of my top companies, but now I regulate you to Activison status. The screwing consumers over with Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 even though you just released the reg edition 5 months earlier. Then cancelling Mega Man Universe and Legends 3. Then trying to say that porting over RE4 and Code Veronica would cost 50 bucks for a retail disc, even paying 20 bucks a piece is 2 much.

ducusss
ducusss

With their ever persistent attitude of "screw the customer," I truly hope it will only get worse for them.

Neo-ganon
Neo-ganon

well they shouldnt have cancelled mml3

TheArcade
TheArcade

That's for excluding Megaman from MvC3 & UMvC3 ya bunch of jerks.

Santesyu
Santesyu

I think capcom seen the movie Wall Street: Money never sleeps before even checking out the 1st movie.

servb0ts
servb0ts

when Capcom goes in the Red, and there Company goes under. I'm going to do the Mega-man Dance, smiling, jumping and pointing :P

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

I'm no corporate bigshot or anything, but maybe SFIV: Arcade Edition would've sold better if you hadn't already released it three times previously?