Today Capcom announces its financial results after the third quarter of fiscal year 2015, ended on December 1st.
As you can see from the table above, income numbers for the last nine months are in the black, and all figures show an improvement over the same period of fiscal year 2015. Below you can also see the earning forecast for the full year, ending on March 31st.
According to the company, the market for mobile games continues to expand, but so does the overall gaming market thanks to “efforts to further cultivate the existing market by catering to diverse customer tastes and by attracting women, families and senior players through new customer development.” Holiday season sales were also strong. Internal development was prioritized, reducing outsourced projects.
Capcom leveraged franchises like Monster Hunter and Street Fighter, and focused on “expanding profitable digital download sales in order to mitigate inventory risk and reduce distribution costs.” Unsurprisingly, Monster Hunter X was also indicated as a revenue driver.
Monster Hunter Online was off to a good start in China, while the amusement market (arcades) failed to pick up and brought “soft” results. Below you can reasd the full report on the Digital Content Business.
“In the Digital Contents business, the latest title in the featured series, “Monster Hunter X (Cross)” (for the Nintendo 3DS system), was a major hit due to its overwhelming popularity among users who had highly anticipated its release which contributed to significant sales of more than 3 million units, surpassing the initially-planned 2.5 million units. Additionally, while sales of “Sengoku BASARA 4 SUMERAGI” (for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3) were solid thanks to its well-established brand power, “DAIGYAKUTENSAIBAN” (for the Nintendo 3DS system) remained slow.
On the other hand, sales of repeat titles and digital download sales were firm, particularly in overseas markets.
Regarding online games, “Dragon’s Dogma Online” (for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC), an online open-world action game where players can freely experience a host of adventures, were strong, while mobile contents sales improved as downloads of “Monster Hunter Explore” (for Android and iOS) surpassed 3 million. 3 The resulting net sales were 36,080 million yen (up 11.3% from the same term last year), and operating income was 9,706 million yen (up 14.6% from the same term last year).”
We also get an update on the unit sales of major franchises:
- Dragon’s Dogma: 2,400,000
- Lost Planet: 5,900,000
- Dead Rising: 8,500,000
- Sengoku BASARA: 3,800,000
- Monster Hunter: 36,000,000
- Ace Attorney: 5,600,000
- Devil May Cry: 15,000,000
- Onimusha: 8,000,000
- Dino Crisis: 4,400,000
- Marvel vs. Capcom: 7,000,000
- Resident Evil: 66,000,000
- Breath of Fire: 3,100,000
- Final Fight: 3,200,000
- Street Fighter: 37,000,000
- Mega Man: 30,000,000
- Ghosts’n Goblins: 4,200,000
- Commando: 1,200,000
- 1942: 1,400,000
Lastly, we learn that Monster Hunter X sold 3,200,000 units as of December 21st, Resident Evil HD Remastered reached 1,200,000 copies sold, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 1,600,000 copies.