Capcom's six-month revs up, profits down

Dead Rising 2, Super Street Fighter IV help lift publisher's revenue 4.7 percent to $502 million, but Lost Planet 2 underperformance cuts into income.

Today, Capcom announced its financial results for the April-September reporting period, and as could be gleaned from recent headlines concerning the publisher, the results were mixed. For the six months, Capcom saw revenue rise to ¥40.7 billion ($502 million), a 4.7 percent increase over the same period a year ago. However, net profits saw a substantial slide, falling 39.9 percent to ¥1.78 billion ($22 million).

Capcom hit the jackpot with Dead Rising 2.

For the good, Capcom saw strong performances from a number of its releases during the period. Earlier today, the publisher announced that Blue Castle Games' zombie-slaughtering action adventure game Dead Rising 2 had shipped 2 million units. (The studio is now known as Capcom Game Studio Vancouver, following Capcom's acquisition of it in September.) According to financial statements released today, the game has sold 1.8 million units through September.

Capcom also continued to see production out of Super Street Fighter IV, which was released stateside in April. The revised and well-regarded fighter has sold 1.4 million units through September, a performance Capcom called strong. Other performance matching or besting titles released during the period were Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes and Monhan Nikki Pokapoka Airu Mura, both of which sold more than 500,000 units.

The bad can be summarized by Capcom's announcement earlier this month that it would be trimming its outlook on the weakness of Lost Planet 2. Released to weak reviews in May, Lost Planet 2 sold 1.5 million units through September, a figure Capcom today called a "substantial underperformance." Other reasons for the profit shortfall were Dead Rising 2's delay from late August to late September and a "sharp appreciation" of the yen, the publisher said.

Capcom still expects to come out ahead by the end of its in-progress fiscal year. Through March 31, 2011, the publisher expects annual sales to have hit ¥91.0 billion ($1.12 billion), with profits projected to come in at ¥6.5 billion ($80 million).

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xNinjaKingx
xNinjaKingx

Its Street Fighter vs Tekken (or Street Fighter X Tekken)! lmao wtf is capcom vs tekken

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

Well, I can definitely see them making more money with their new fighting game titles. They're is a lot of hype for Marvel vs Capcom 3. On top of that, their 3DS titles will see them making good profits, there's Tekken v Capcom and Capcom v Tekken, and they're making another Resident Evil. Merchandising is doing well too. Perhaps they could look at bringing back Onimusha?

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

Just don't left behind your loyal fanbase to reach another fanbase/casual market which is not necessarily promising. :) such as westernize your precious IP(s) to reach Europe / US fanbase. listen Capcom you already have your own unique originality. that makes you famous!! I'm enjoying some of their IP(s) like RE2 on consoles, DMC series, recently I'm playing Lost Planet 2 on PC.. they put impressive engine on LP2 and looks pretty gorgeous.. it's probably as good as Crysis engine. okay. I think I'm too exaggerated here :lol: lol. but honestly It's quite a good game :) If Capcom doing huge mistakes. I bet it's last year Bionic Commando. and recently Dark Void. just put Super Street Fighter on PC will ya.. :? let's put Blizzard as example, they already being PC only publisher. and they never had any problems about that decisions. why Capcom scared to put PC version. If you want huge audience and profit then you should throw away your pessimism about some specific market :) that's just my opinion.

master_06
master_06

bring back BREATH OF FIRE!!!!! but dnt mess it up like u did with DMC!!! i still cant believe they turned dante into an emo-gay style!!! the blame is on the twilight saga!!!! lol

saifssj6
saifssj6

Ah capcom why did u defile THE DMC SERIES.AND how in hell did u screw up lost planet2 up!!! Instead of rebooting the series count u guys make a remake of dmc 3?

Kyozumi
Kyozumi

@japanesegoth : compared to SquareEnix Capcom is miles better .

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

capcom is starting to suck. and all the dlc crap they pull doesn't help me like them more

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

If they want money I recommend HD versions of Resi remake & Resident Evil 4, and simply put them on XBLA-PSN, then Capcom will be fine. (Who could turn that down, am I right?) Just do what the GOW collection did. A HD filter is all you need to make us happy.

SearchBomber
SearchBomber

And now Inafune's gone... ...probably a good thing.

thelegendlives5
thelegendlives5

Anyone else thinks capcom isn't nearly as good as it used to be?

Pete5506
Pete5506

DR2 was great fun, glad to see it sold well

Alucard1475
Alucard1475

This notion that profit is always expected to rise just sickens me. You cannot always win. Deal with it.

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

megaman legends 3......its their last hope in making up the lost on the lost planet 2

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

I say again, I will annually buy Street Fighter IV versions- give me ten new characters a year at $40 a version and you will have my money the way EA has the money of the sports fans. It would not be a rip off, it would not be a jack and my friends and I would cherish each new version as if it was the first. We play a LOT of local multiplayer SSFIV after playing a year of local multiplayer SFIV and we would love to spend next year playing SFIV: Third Strike or whatever you want to call it. Every new character and stage is a gift you'd give us that we would gladly pay for. DO IT CAPCOM!!!

NejiKusa
NejiKusa

It cost them so much time and money, and they had higher expectations, to create lost planet 2 that 1.5 million really isn't good enough.

wexorian
wexorian

@SolidTy dino crisis is good idea i always enjoyed by Runing from T rex and time travels :D

Fz1994
Fz1994

Lost planet 2 sold 1.5 million and their not satisfied?? I am , and the game is great

Darth_Nater307
Darth_Nater307

I'm quite tired of hearing about how bad "Lost Planet 2" did. Give me some more "Marvel Vs. Capcom 3" news please. ^__^

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

Capcom is one of the greatest gaming publishers out there, with such a variety of games (most of them being fantastic) SSFIV is amazing!

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

No wonder they are in the red, look at the numbers 1.5 million isn't impressive even for a game as highly regarded as Dead Rising is. I would have thought by now DR2 would have amassed closer to at least 1 million. Just wait til MVC3 and the next Resident Evil comes out. Eh, they will probably release another shovelware game before those hit and bring down sales yet again....

wolfyrabbit
wolfyrabbit

someone needs to work on their cost control :P

Heshertonfist
Heshertonfist

"...now known as Capcom Game Studio Vancouver..." Congrats on the most generic name award. Really, it's quite the uninspired change, just like Capcom's games.

PUREPL7YA
PUREPL7YA

SO Capcom, are you saying that my double purchases of Resident Evil5 and Street Fighter4 wasnt enough to turn a good profit? If you serve for money then you serve the devil....

l777l
l777l

I'm sure their profits would increase if they called themselves Westernizecom. Also, they should interview Keiji Inafune some more. Not to mention turning Resident Evil into a first person shooter and a cart racer.

AzatiS
AzatiS

@dipsetboy17 I AGREE 100%... Instead of expand their ideas and make them better in order to compete with "western" games , they try to "westernisize" their games instead and here it is.... Capcom games lost their magic , just like that. Only SF4 remained true. Not to say not bringing SSF4 on PC was a bad move since the install base of SF4 PC version is good even nowdays. And no i dont consider DR 2 a great game like oldschool RE or original DMC. Something is missing from capcom this gen..

flashn00b
flashn00b

I'm certain that they could net more customers if not for their arbitrary anti-piracy model that involves them pretending they didn't port their games to the PC the day they release them.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I'm loving Dead Rising 2, like the first Dead Rising in all the right ways and they also improved on some of the things I took issue with in the first game, like aim controls and incompetent survivors. Good to see it's selling okay. Despite reviews though I actually liked Lost Planet 2, it was the last of the May releases I picked up, had to go through Red Dead Redemption, Mario Galaxy 2, Split/Second, Alan Wake, then I picked up Lost Planet 2 when I knew there'd be nothing anticipated and new releasing until September/October. To my surprise I actually liked it, just like reviews said the game is broken to play single player, but the online campaign multiplayer it's a blast. Matchmaking is easy and you can drop in and out of games of your choice. Anyhow, Capcom's been a struggling company for years if you've been paying attention. I thought things went bad for them after Clover Studios closed and much of Capcom's senior staff left with them. Some stuck around to work on the Umbrella Chronicles and other works, but they eventually left. I think the loss in talent is why we saw re-releases, like RE4 (Wii), Okami (Wii), late Dead Rising and Lost Planet ports. Though Bionic Commando and Dark Void flopped as they deserve, I think Capcom needs to continue making multiplatform games to get the most sales, but they also need to release sequels to their games on a timely basis, good companies do this in 2 years, Capcom used to do this but they haven't in a while.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Yeah, I have Lost Planet 2, and it lacks the entertainment from the first one. Most of Capcoms stuff I like, except for Dark Void, or Bionice Commando. All is forgiven once they release MVC3!!

lowkey254
lowkey254

I hope they learn not to make anymore crap.

beamme
beamme

That'll teach 'em to not to make it so much like Monster Hunter. Spoiler: No it won't.

dipsetboy17
dipsetboy17

because of all this westernization of their games. get back to making real games capcom.

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

"To promote sequels and versus games" - the mission statement of Capcom as of late.

SillySkeleton
SillySkeleton

Just wait until Marvel vs. Capcom 3 hits next year. That thing is going to sell like golden hotcakes.

biokrysty
biokrysty

lost planet is one of the best games I've ever played , I don't know why people don't like it????????????

AzatiS
AzatiS

Now , bring SSF4 for PC please and cut the craps about low sales... SF4 sales were nice , even Capcom admitted officialy. You bring on PC games as Lost planet 2 ... REALLY? No thnx.

Darkmoone1
Darkmoone1

They're STILL suffering losses of Lost Planet 2?!?!

Rebornpheonix
Rebornpheonix

The crappy shovel-ware that was Lost Planet 2 actually hurt profits!?!

eal-zubieri
eal-zubieri

"substantial underperformance." the thing that piss me off the most is that capcom is complaining about the low sales of lost planet 2 (which was total garbage) and sold 1.5 million copys! i mean its a success for a midicore game, capcom should not be complaining and should make better games if they want money; you don't need a brain to figure out that capcom.

ZapperZrock
ZapperZrock

Well capcom shouldn't hold on to games til march. MvC3 comes to mind.

cajunstrike
cajunstrike

Agreed. Forthcoming Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will certainly help revenues...

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

80 mill for profits is still alot of dough... I bet it was due too all them gamers that bought those street fighter costumes help boost their profit margins lol...

Doolum
Doolum

thats not so good for capcom.i do hope they see better days ahead

frank_123
frank_123

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