Monster Hunter 4 rescues Capcom's six-month results

3 million sales in a month lifts revenue and profit for Japanese publisher

The success of Monster Hunter 4 gave Capcom a much needed boost in revenue and profits at the midpoint of fiscal 2014.

As of October 15, 2013, the latest instalment in the enduringly popular franchise had sold 3 million units - little more than a month after its initial release.

Monster Hunter offered the only genuine triumph for Capcom's Digital Contents business. The console version of Resident Evil Revelations and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies on 3DS, "basically achieved projected sales," but no specific figures were provided. Lost Planet 3, however, fell below expectations, again with no figures provided.

For the six months ended September 30, 2013, Capcom earned 53.2 billion in revenue, up 16.9 per cent year-on-year. Net profit was 4.9 billion, an increase of 20 per cent over the prior year.

Digital Contents - which covers Capcom's PC, mobile and console games - provided the majority of that revenue: 37.5 billion, up 7.2 per cent year-on-year. However, the division's operating profit actually fell 7 per cent, to 5.4 billion.

Capcom's last fiscal year report stressed the need for significant change in the company, including an end to outsourced work and a greater emphasis on DLC and post-release content. It has also pledged more support for mobile development, though it has struggled to replicate the success of Smurf's Village.

Earlier this month, Capcom confirmed that its European offices would be subject to "restructuring." However, that was in response to a rumour that as much as half of its European workforce could face the axe.

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.4 years ago
Never understood why Capcom only projected sales of 2.7 million by March for Monster Hunter 4.
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd4 years ago
@ Jim I suspect that was a bit of investor gaming on their part. They are not in a good place right now, and shattering "expectations" looks very good to investors who, let's face it, barely follow the companies they actually invest in. This gives them a good win on the books when they have a lot of other problems that can be swept under the rug. For example, they can gloss over the fact that Lost Planet 3 is probably the biggest bomb they have ever created. The game sold in the tens of thousands in all territories and not more.
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Art C. Jones Writer / Blogger 4 years ago
In retrospect the numbers look low, but if you look at the all-time best sellers for Capcom, MH4 is already the 3rd best selling MH title and MH3 is not in the top 2. I think if you look at it like that the projections were very reasonable. That said, I expect MH4 will become the all-time best selling MH title, so good for Capcom.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.4 years ago
Not only that, but MH4 is now already Capcom's 10th best selling game of all time. Not bad for 6 weeks of sales and released thus far only in Japan.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.4 years ago
Another tidbit of info for Monster Hunter 4. According to Capcom, sales are now at 3.3 million. So it picked up another 500k since the quarter ended. It is now tied for 9th place all time with SFIV and will probably move into 8th place (Resident Evil 3: Nemesis) next week.

Capcom's big 5 franchises. Monster Hunter may be passing up the blue bomber by next year.

Resident Evil - 60 million
Street Fighter - 35 million
MegaMan - 30 million
Monster Hunter - 27 million
Devil May Cry - 13 million
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Sasha Yelesin Student 4 years ago
@Jim Not trying to sound mean, but I think it's funny that you're not the only one I've heard expressing confusion over Capcom's low expectations. When companies set a high bar for their sales, Tomb Raider being an easy example, everyone thinks they've gone mental because they don't hit the mark. I just though Capcom was making a conservative estimate and I applaud them on that.

On another note, I want this game.
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Sasha Yelesin Student 4 years ago
That's ridiculous. If it was multiplat on current and next gen consoles, that's another story. But has Capcom not seen Xbox One preorder numbers?

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Sasha Yelesin on 4th November 2013 12:18am

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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany4 years ago
"Has Capcom not seen Xbox One preorder numbers"

I think nobody has. But I believe that 1.3 million is not that hard to achieve; DR3 is, at the moment, the most appealing exclusive in XBONE.
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Sasha Yelesin Student 4 years ago
This is where I got my info, but I don't know how accurate it is. But you're right, Dead Rising 3 will definitely be a draw for many gamers.

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Edited 1 times. Last edit by Sasha Yelesin on 5th November 2013 5:45pm

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