SFIV, RE5 boost Capcom to nearly $1 billion in annual sales

World warriors, zombies help publisher's sales climb to $930 million; nonarcade game sales spike 21.7 percent.

Capcom forewent traditional game-industry logic during holiday 2008, choosing to hang on to many of its major releases until its January-March quarter. As a result, though Capcom's holiday-period financial results were nothing short of dismal, the publisher saw all-around net gains as part of its full-year earnings.

This guy's suffering was not in vain.

Reporting on those results today, Capcom said that revenues for the 12-month period ended March 31 grew 10.6 percent to ¥91.9 billion ($930 million). The publisher saw a similar rise in net income, which increased 3.3 percent from the prior year to ¥8.06 billion ($81.6 million). The strong performance equated to Capcom's best earnings results in the past three consecutive fiscal years, according to the publisher.

Capcom's Home Games Segment (that is, nonarcade games) led the publisher's financials, thanks to multiplatform releases for Resident Evil 5 and Street Fighter IV. The division saw revenues rise 21.7 percent during the fiscal year to ¥62.9 billion ($636.8 million), and operating income spiked 41.2 percent to ¥16.4 billion ($165.9 million). The publisher provided no updated sales figures for RE5 or SFIV, reiterating only previously announced initial shipment figures of 4 million and 2 million, respectively.

The Japanese game company also saw some measure of turnaround in its arcade business, which has weighed heavily on its financials in recent quarters. Sales for the segment actually saw a rise of 0.8 percent during the fiscal year, growing to ¥13.5 billion ($136.7 million). However, operating income saw a significant slide of 70.2 percent to ¥224 million ($2.27 million), "due to the market stagnation and the increased expense in opening new facilities."

Looking ahead to its fiscal year ending March 31, 2010, the publisher expects sales to continue their upward climb to ¥95 billion ($961.3 million), with operating income also projected to rise to ¥15.5 billion ($156.9 million).

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124 comments
GamerEternal
GamerEternal

re5 is an average game. Street fighter on the other hand is way better than re5. Yo 666, RE5 is wayyy better than an average game. First off, as a person who's played and finished every game in the series, RE5 is different. You say it has shoddy controls (Have you ever even played an RE game??? They all have shoddy controls) and weak AI (won't argue there but Sheva did save my butt more times than I care to admit and the storyline was pretty lame with nearly no development towards the characters). However, I finished the games four times in a row (in a row, back-to-back and despite it's shortcomings:the great combat, tough challenging game play, excellent bosses, tons of replay value, co-op mode and hella gore, great monsters and sheer action, easily keep me coming back for more. I can't get enough of the game and even SFIV has it's shortcomings. Mainly, not much replay value in the single player mode, lame endings, DLC costumes that should have been included in the game from the start and it could have used some new moves. Don't get me wrong, both games rock but the point I'm trying to make is you can pick apart practically any game, no game is above critisism, no game and it does'nt matter how great a game, we as gamers have to accept that our games will always have room for improvement. That's all I'm trying to say. Peace

VinceL
VinceL moderator

Can't wait for the PC version of RE5 to hit the shelves.

necronaux
necronaux

Glad to hear it. Especially after all the 'controversy' nonsense around RE5.

Mr_Fujiv1
Mr_Fujiv1

Yea capcom have done very well this year and im not supprised they tryed somthing different with RES5 and it payed off :]

bookeristhemac
bookeristhemac

good to hear. RE5 game of the year! SFIV right behind it with the best fighting game

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

I hope none of that money comes from dlc.

BLuFAlc0n
BLuFAlc0n

...I said it before... and I'll say it again........... This year is CAPCOM's year!

tremor33
tremor33

Street fighter 4 is the s**t and though RE5 was sick, I haven't gotten nearly the amount of replay value out of it like I should (no I didn't purchase the versus mode.) I doubt they'll ever make marvel vs capcom 3 due to their liscencing restrictions, but I'm eagerly awaiting MVC2 when it drops soon. Venom, Ken, and War-Machine FTW!!! PS Network ID: Tremor32

poorisaac
poorisaac

I would like to see in future DLC for SF4 some of the characters from SF3, which is the best SF. I specifically would like Yang and Sean.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

Not surpising considering the quality of both games

10679
10679

@666_Laventine "What do ya mean by that? I'm just curious cuz this is like 2 different games from two different genres here. " what i said was entirely based on my opinion. well for a third person shooter in which re5 is , the game fails with shoddy controls and brain dead AI. Also the game failed to capture the eerie atmosphere that are present in all survival horror game. Hence the game wasn"t even scary. For a fighting genre street fighter manages to capture the awesomeness that was present in the old game hence a very good game and hence the game is better than re5. anyways its my opinion and everyone is entitled to their opinion and that's how determine which game is better.

SpinoRaptor24
SpinoRaptor24

That's fantastic. RE5 and SF4 are awesome games. Plus we are getting Lost Planet 2 this year :D

mystic_knight
mystic_knight moderator

Those 2 games have returned my love to the VG industry. I have not had so much fun since Cod4

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

Gratz Capcom! RE5 and SF4 are the best games in years!

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

Super Street Fighter 2 is absolutely amazing. When I saw that game on Xbox Live Arcade with true 1920x1080p resolution, I was absolutely amazed! Street Fighter 4 is a great game, too. We finally got to see a really nice looking version of Street Fighter in 3D. Resident Evil 5 is one of my favorites, too. The co-op mode in Resident Evil 5 is awesome.

Princess_Rectum
Princess_Rectum

Nicely done Capcom! Now lets see if you can make a good 3-D MegaMan game!

666_Laventine
666_Laventine

@ 10679: ???? What do ya mean by that? I'm just curious cuz this is like 2 different games from two different genres here. And to top it they're both games using just about the same formulas that their predecessors used also. SFIV is just a better looking SFII where RE5 is RE4 with co-op. I'm just having a hard time understanding the comparison of the quality of a Fighter being compared to an Action/Adventure. Kinda an unfair comparison when it comes putting 2 different genres against each other cuz then it just comes down to preference. On subject: WOOT! For Capcom! Now that you guys got a little cash in ya pockets gimme: Capcom VS SNK 3, Marvel VS Capcom 3, Megaman games that aren't like Battle Network or look like we just went back to playing Nintendo, some Breath of Fire that isn't crappy like Dragon Quarter just cuz the RPG market is lacking, RE2 & 3 Remake since you're basically on this Remake train with the RE series.

10679
10679

re5 is an average game. Street fighter on the other hand is way better than re5. re5 doesn't come to the quality presented by street fighter 4.

LEGOslayer
LEGOslayer

@johnrkinsey1, Mirror's Edge and Dead Space would like to have a word with you...

PSgamer99
PSgamer99

my favorite developer and publisher, capcom continues to put out quality games.

johnrkinsey1
johnrkinsey1

So, putting out quality games will bring in record revenues....Someone please pass this on to EA.

marijuana_man2
marijuana_man2

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GlifeG
GlifeG

yes yes street fighter 4..is hotttt

kartik24
kartik24

looks like the gaming industry can take blows from recession thats good newd:D

supadave841
supadave841

Lets just face it, it is definitely capcom's year. SO many games being made this year. They're pretty much on top of the gaming industry.

rohail88
rohail88

Good that some are at least making profit i hope sony joins them sometime soon!

a7xfan7
a7xfan7

Very good games from a very good company. :] Happy mothers day!

Zerabp
Zerabp

Good to see that some game companies can still put out and sell quality games (whether they are sequels or not) in this global economy crisis.

Revolution_Ali
Revolution_Ali

Capcom has been doing great since this gen...or should i say every gen.

Diernes
Diernes

Capcom, defintely one of the better console developers. Resident evil 5 was pretty decent, and I love streefighter 4. Ok, how about putting some of that cash back into your games guys. Streetfighter 4 could use some balance tweaks and multiplayer lobbies.

rockutd
rockutd

Oh well good games FTW...

advocacy
advocacy

Capcom is rish as Crassus.

DemannameD
DemannameD

add to this Dead rising two and the re-release of Marvel vs Capcom 2 and they are going to stay strong!!!! Long LIVE CAPCOM!!!!!!!!!!

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I agree Extreme124, although the only real decent game from Midway is the Mortal Kombat series, but those guys also want out from under Midway. Its so bad with Midway that if I see a game that has their logo on it I'm skeptical. Now thats sad.

armor_king_2
armor_king_2

for RE 5 is a good game of adventure+horror never feel bored of it. but SF4 is a great fighting style game even in on-line its great. wanna fight?

thief_ac
thief_ac

Good for them. Both are exceptionally good games. Good work Capcom. Who want's to play SF4 online?:)

meateater79
meateater79

Resident Evil 5 is great, though I was a little disappointed that the 'horror' aspect has been dropped from the game. Hopefully they'll correct that in RE6. They've already hinted at possible main characters... Never been a big fan of SF, but the game looks so good that it was fun watching my ass getting kicked. @Extreme124: Totally true what you said. My wallet's definitely not as full as it use to be, but that just means I'm more picky about what games to buy. RE5 was my most recent, and before that was Left 4 Dead. Gotta love them zombies!

Extreme124
Extreme124

It's funny when crappy games get released by e.g. THQ and they complain that it was a really good quality standard game. Then give a stupid excuse to make them look good by saying "with the recess not many people are buying video games". Same as Midway. I don't remember quality ever landing out their doors in over a decade!

Atlantaplayer
Atlantaplayer

I agree about resurrecting the Dino Crisis series. It was the combination of action and horror that RE has become, anyway. RE5 is fun, but I'd prefer it if Capcom had kept it survival horror instead of action.

Adziboy
Adziboy

Capcom have got the right idea, and one that majority of developers still don't understand. Quality > Quantity. Quality = more money.

slvrraven9
slvrraven9

yeah theyre gonna need SF4 and RE5 to cover the bionic commando debacle...

AzelKosMos
AzelKosMos

"good games = lots of money nice job capcom" So true Kweenl, so true. ^

scotthulluk
scotthulluk

This article left out the part that says sales where mostly on PS3 and that Capcom are going to rely on PS3 sales the next fiscal year.

ItsEvolution
ItsEvolution

Midway should have taken note. If you make good games that people want, and market them well, people will buy them and you will make money. Seems like a no-brainer.