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Resident Evil 5 due by March

Capcom plans to put Africa-set Xbox 360 and PS3 game in stores by the end of its current fiscal year.


Since the original announcement of Resident Evil 5 nearly three years ago, the game's release date has been shrouded in more mystery than the shady doings of the series' nefarious Umbrella Corporation. However, Capcom has now shed a little light on the game's release date in a business strategies presentation follow-up to its fiscal 2007 results, announced earlier this week.

In a section on the publisher's projections for its fiscal 2008 year (which runs until March 31, 2009), Capcom said it "aims to sustain solid growth by introducing Resident Evil 5 and titles in other core franchises." The publisher broke down a few of its sales expectations, with the next installment in the survival horror franchise projected to sell 2.3 million copies worldwide. The upcoming Bionic Commando revamp is expected to sell 1.5 million units worldwide, while Lost Planet: Colonies' success is pegged at 610,000 copies.

Capcom also touted its Monster Hunter franchise, which is exceptionally popular in Japan. Monster Hunter Freedom 2G for the PlayStation Portable was launched in March, and the publisher expects the Asia-only release to rack up 1.5 million in sales in its first year on shelves.

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