Capcom Made A Lot Of Money Recently And Two Switch Games Helped

The publisher calls out Monster Hunter XX and Ultra Street Fighter II as performing well during the last quarter.

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[UPDATE] Capcom has now confirmed that Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite shipped 900,000 copies during the quarter, while Resident Evil 7 has passed 4 million copies shipped since launch.

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Capcom today reported earnings for the quarter ended September 30, and it was a good one for the Japanese gaming giant. For the quarter, sales in Capcom's gaming division, called Digital Contents, jumped 23 percent compared to the same period last year, to ¥20 billion, while operating income was ¥3.8 billion, a dramatic 248.4 percent increase year-over-year.

Capcom specifically called out the Nintendo Switch game Monster Hunter XX as a title that "performed strongly." Additionally, Ultra Street Fighter II The Final Challengers for Switch was labeled as a "smash hit." Capcom also mentioned the release of Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, but didn't use any adjective to describe its performance, which may or may not mean anything at all.

Capcom's Resident Evil 7 has now passed 4 million copies shipped
Capcom's Resident Evil 7 has now passed 4 million copies shipped

What's more, Capcom's revenue in the period benefited from catalog unit sales for Monster Hunter XX for 3DS, while the online game Monster Hunter Frontier Z "performed steadily," Capcom said. The mobile game Monster Hunter Explore "remained popular," Capcom said, while revenue from licensing also helped boost Capcom's bottom line.

Additionally, Capcom reiterated that Resident Evil 7 has now passed 4 million copies shipped. That's a big number, but it is still well below Capcom's expectations. Outside of this, it looks like Capcom did not share any specific shipment or sales figures for any other titles in this newest earnings report.

Capcom is a big company with multiple divisions outside of gaming. Altogether, Capcom posted revenue of ¥33.7 billion, an increase of 17.6 percent year-over-year, with operating income rising an astonishing 757.5 percent to ¥3.4 billion. You can read Capcom's full earnings report here on the company's investor website.

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Imagine how much larger that figure would be if RE7, MvC: Infinite, Megaman Legacy Collection 2 and Disney Afternoon Collection were available on the Switch.

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That's great......so can we please have another Onimusha game???

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Resident Evil 7 finally selling better, good. That means the Survival Horror genre has a chance after all. Now I hope more start buying TEW2 as well. Two great Horror games that deserve success!

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Breath of fires dead.

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More money equals more ego, Caymen islands, and family Christmas gifts.

All thanks to kojimas inspiration and miamoto.

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Resident Evil 7 was a great game and I hope every RE fan purchases it sooner rather than later. Otherwise we are all going to get another game similar to RE6. I personally like RE4 the most but I'd love to see a sequel in first person. If Capcom wants to make a lot more money they should port a complete edition of RE7 to the Switch ASAP.

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RE7 shipped 4 million? Single player games are dead!

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@Thanatos2k: LOL

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Sure wish they would bring Monster Hunter XX to the states so I can play it while I wait for Monster Hunter World.

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No news about any game they re-released for this actual gen of PS4, Xbox one and Switch like RE4, RE5, RE6 and RE Rev 1 all re-released this year if im not mistaken. I hope those are selling poorly so Capcom can stop re-releasing games we all played already and focus more on the long awaited Resident Evil 2 remake.

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@jamesbr27: It's true. Capcom's new game list is very, very small.

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@jamesbr27: lol your logic

Laughable. Stop porting other games just because you want them to Port or remaster re2 how about new games altogether

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@mariokart64fan: Remake2 is a new game in the same vein the first remake was an entirely new game. My guess is you're not familiar with the differences of Remake and Remaster.

However I do agree that @jamesbr27 is being unrealistically/ immaturely impatient!

Resi 7 came out this year and very soon has two (possibly) lengthy expansions, the base game spent four years in development. And come January Monster Hunter: World is set for release_

Add to that Itsunos team has constantly been teasing a new Capcom project to be revealed at some point in the near future likely either Dragons Dogma 2 or Devil May Cry 5.

Capcom are releasing new games, and quicker than they seem to be given credit. With that stated the Fighting games of late have much to be desired but that's an entirely different subject.

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@jamesbr27: They obviously are selling well enough that capcom keeps putting time into updating more of them. If they weren't selling the re-releases wouldn't keep coming.

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@Zorlac: Clinging to the past only works for so long, look at Square Enix.

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@Thanatos2k: Yeah, look at that boatload of money their making. God wouldn't it suck to be them.

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that's good for capcom and nintendo, the portability of the "switch" is endless.

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Capcom, seeing as the switch seems like a good market how about you start putting more game on the damn thing. Monster Hunter, mega man, resident evil?

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Really hoping Capcom doesn't look at the "lower than expected" sales of RE7 and use it as a reason to justify heading back in the direction they were before RE7 (more action oriented like 4, 5, 6, etc...).

Personally speaking, the changes implemented in RE7 were something the franchises was in desperate need of for quite some time and I think it is a testament to just how good Capcom's latest entry in the survival horror genre is that despite initial skepticism by long-time fans over something as controversial as the shift to first person many people have walked away absolutely loving the game.

I know that at the end of the day it's a business and Capcom (like any other developer.) cares more about their profits more than anything else but I truly hope that the path they went down with RE7 is a similar one we as gamers can look forward to traversing in future installments

-DON'T CHANGE CAPCOM... AT LEAST IN THIS CASE NINJA APPROVED-

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@videogameninja: What's wrong with Resident Evil 4? Great game with plenty of that classic Survival Horror I loved from the earlier games, don't really follow the hate people seem to give it.

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@RSM-HQ: For me the main problem of RE 4 was this that it focused more on killing insane villagers than fighting scary monsters.(It also had more focus on action than horror)

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@RSM-HQ: Resident evil 4 was a great game and considering the time it was released it was a true pioneer in bringing the 3rd person "over the shoulder" genre to the forefront of gaming.

As fun as it was to play (over and over and over again.) I think even it's biggest fans will agree to some extent that it was the beginning of Capcom's transformation of the series from one of limited ammo, limited save points, limited inventory space, (-Wow, Ninja. Lot's of limited's there.-) and just an overall change in tone from wondering if you would be able to survive the next unknown encounter in your present state to a more liberal outing involving a copious supply of all the factors mentioned above as well as a reliance geared more on action.

Once again, that's not implying in any way that RE4 is a bad game or even worse than some of it's predecessors as is not the case at all (it is one of the most fun RE games ever!) but I think we can all agree that while it gave us new avenues to experience the survival horror genre those very same concepts took something away from what made the genre such a terrifying experience to begin with.

-LIMITED EVERYTHING NINJA APPROVED-

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@videogameninja: Disagree on many points because you're blaming Residen Evil 4 for what came after, and not basing it on the actual product.

That itself reflects my stance, people are always posting discredit for the two games that came after Resident Evil 4, but use Resi4 as the template of complaint; correct? And shouldn't be a reflection of that game itself. They're three different games. And should be criticised as such.

Sure, many elements in 4, like swimming in ammo mid-game onwards, and lack of creative puzzles is a huge change from the Remake and Zero that came not long before on the Gamecube, even going further with the Outbreak spin-offs on PS2.

But considering the market change, and how critics reacted to the Remake, Outbreak and Zero. Fan acclaim wasn't enough, and sales reflected as much. Resident Evil before 4 was ultimately being labelled as "behind the times" both by critics and many people even here in the GS community.

I don't know many despite me at the time who bought the Remake and lovingly enjoying it, along with all the other newer titles before 4 (I do hate Zero with a passion though), and sales reflect this decline as well.

Regardless; changes had to be made so the series would survive a declining market. Despite what was changed in 4, I personally felt a lot of the Survival Horror 'tropes' remained. Regenerators, Walking up to your first Claw-man, Fireman, the first transformed Plaga in the dark while it's pouring rain. Even the wobbling body bag. Resi 4 had a lot of this tension and atmosphere.

The dismissal is undeserved. And though I will upright state Remake>4. Resi 4 in itself is an amazing Resident Evil game and one of my favorites in overall delivery. And I'm a huge fan of the Survival Horror and Action Horror genre.

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@RSM-HQ:

I agree with you to a point.

Resident evil was and wasn’t the reason for Capcom’s departure from the previous games to a more action oriented take.

-Huh? Come again, Ninja?-

The direction Capcom took in making RE4 was a direct response to the criticisms hurled at it over the years; most notably what some felt was a stagnation in the series. Factor in Capcom’s goal to exceed sales from its predecessors and it becomes all the more clear that what Capcom did was a no brainer.

Instead of choosing to remain “comfortable” with each installment they were putting out they had to make a big leap from the usual format of 1, 2, 3, Code Veronica, and Remake/0. To that end I think it’s quite clear they succeeded and truth be told it was probably the best thing they or anyone else in that situation could have done.

If Capcom didn’t allow for this there is a chance that the RE franchise could have died in the mid 2000’s. A part of me believes this is the same mindset Capcom had with the development of RE7. If they released something in the same vein as 4, 5, or 6 (especially the last installment.) the franchise may have ended right there. Instead, like RE4 in its day, we were given a complete overhaul to the RE blue print.

I think it’s fair to say that Capcom made the right decision in the change up to RE4 but as you mentioned in your post (as well as mine.) many of the elements that defined the series suddenly took a backseat to what was on display in RE4. To your point, you’re absolutely right in saying that it is unfair to blame RE4 for what the series eventually turned into with 5 and 6 as there with other factors at play but those shortcomings that were present in 4 became the staples that the later installments built upon (boat loads of ammo, almost no puzzle solving, almost zero back tracking, throwing inventory space to the wind, etc…).

Is it fair to say RE4 is the cause of Capcom going down this more action oriented path? That’s debatable. What isn’t however is how this evolution from 3/Code Veronica/Remake/0 to RE4 was prompted by a desire to not stay stagnant in a franchise but to increase revenue. To that end it only made sense that Capcom had to do a complete overhaul of the format of the series in order to break through that ceiling they had found themselves in over the years.

Does this mean RE4 is somehow a “lesser” game than the other entries in the franchise? Far from it. If anything it helps it to be one of the titles that stands out the most.

-YES AND NO NINJA APPROVED-

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@videogameninja: Sorry dude, but the fact RE7 did half as well as RE5 and 6 pretty much ensures we'll be seeing more of those games. Granted, RE7 still has the complete edition but that development time also cut into their profits, so it could still end up being less overall.

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@Barighm: NO!!! NNOOO!!!!!!!

Just lie to me and say it's not the case.

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@videogameninja: RE7 felt like Resident Evil Lite™ to me. Too small, too simple. It is however, a step in the right direction, and head and shoulders above the dumb 4,5,6 era. I like Resi 7, but I don't love it. It's something I'd welcome more of though, and hopefully the new fans it's brought in will be willing to get into something more complex, along the lines of the early classics - but in first person (probably).

Also, where the **** is the Resi 2 remake? Like, literally not heard a thing here. Not a screenshot, nothing.

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@good_coop89: Resident Evil 4 was genius. It defined the GameCube era and was one of the best games for the system. Resident Evil 5 had fun co-op. Resident Evil 6 was in shambles.

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@neurogia: 6 wasn't bad for what it was. If it didn't have the RE name attached it would have been praised.

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@Zorlac: See that's the thing: "If it didn't have the RE name attached". Problem is, it did, and as such needed to live up to higher standards which it failed to do horribly.

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Please bring Monster Hunter XX to the West, Capcom.

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@FLEEBS: They've already said they're skipping it.

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@Thanatos2k: Yes, they originally said that, and then they backpedaled and said they have no plans to bring it to the US at this time.

If there is enough demand, they'll bring it. I have no doubt.

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/e3-2017-capcom-not-bringing-switch-version-of-mons/1100-6450954/

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4 million copies shipped. That's not bad at all. How about Capcom lowering their expectations.

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@blood-souls: When previous games ell almost twice that much it's not really their fault to have high expectations now is it?

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Monster Hunter XX performed well on the Switch in Japan you say. Hmm I wonder what could help increase those sales.

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