Today Sega announced its financial results for the first nine months of fiscal year 2017, ended on December 31st, 2016.
All income values are in the black, and showing a large increase compared to the same period last year.
We also get a detailed breakdown of the results for the Entertainment Content business, which includes games. Specifically, we get mentions of “favorable” performance of Phantasy Star Online 2, and higher packaged games sales year-on-year thanks to Yakuza 6: The Song of Life and Football Manager 2017.
With regard to the Entertainment Contents Business, in the field of digital game software, “PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2,” which celebrated its fourth anniversary since its release, won the PlayStation Network Award for the second consecutive year, and it continuously remained favorable.
With regard to titles for smart devices, sales remained robust mainly for existing major titles including “Hortensia SAGA” and “Puyopuyo!! Quest,” for which the Group held various events, and “CHAIN CHRONICLE 3” the significant update and the third installment of “CHAIN CHRONICLE – Kizuna no Shintairiku.” In addition, as an initiative of “Multi-device × One Service,” which aims to maximize the contacts between players and game, “SOUL REVERSE ZERO,” the first installment of the “SOUL REVERSE” series for smart devices, was released.
In the packaged game software field, sales amounted to 8,130 thousand copies, which were higher than the level for the same period in the previous fiscal year, thanks to the launch of mainstay titles including “Football Manager 2017,” a new installment in the “Football Manager” series and “Ryu ga Gotoku 6: Inochi no Uta,” a new installment in the “Ryu ga Gotoku” series.
In the amusement machine field, as operations of “KanColle Arcade” continued to be favorable, and sales of “SANGOKUSHI TAISEN,” a new version of the popular trading card game, were also strong. In the amusement center operations field, like-for-like sales were robust at 110.3% compared with the same period of the previous fiscal year owing to reinforced management of prizes etc. at the existing game center operations and favorable operations of mainly video games, including the new title “KanColle Arcade.”
In the animated film and toy field, “Detective Conan The Darkest Nightmare,” a popular theater film in Japan, was released in China. The Group continued to record production income mainly from TV animation and animated films. In addition, the Group launched new toy products including “Puni♡Gel YumePuniAccessories DX.”
As a result, net sales in this segment were ¥155,440 million (an increase of 13.7% for the same period in the previous fiscal year) and operating income was ¥15,387 million (an increase of 449.4% for the same period in the previous fiscal year).”
We also get a summary of games coming in the fourth quarter, including the release of the company’s first game for the Nintendo Switch, Puyo Puyo Tetris.
“With regard to the Entertainment Contents Business, in the field of digital games software, the Group will host events focused on existing major titles, and in the packaged game software field, the Group will launch “Valkyria: Azure Revolution,” a new title in the “Valkyria Chronicles” series, and “Puyo Puyo Tetris” for the Nintendo Switch™. In the amusement machine field, the Group plans to launch “INITIAL D ARCADE STAGE Zero,” a new title in the “INITIAL D ARCADE STAGE.” In the amusement center operations field, the Group will work to enhance amusement center operations with a focus on prizes and video games. In the animated film and toy field, the Group expects to record production income and other incomes from the new TV animations “Yowamushi Pedal NEW GENERATION” and “Onihei,” etc. In addition, the Group will implement the sale of mainly regular and major products including “ANPANMAN” series and “Puni♡Gel” series.”
Phantasy Star Online 2 was promised for a western release ages ago, but Sega appears to have completely forgotten about it.
On the other hand, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life will come west in early 2018 (better late than never), and Valkyria Revolution will be released for PS4, Xbox One and PS Vita in North America and Europe this Spring.