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Capcom predicts drop in overall sales but backs PS3

Japanese publisher projects 18m software sales for current financial year, 8m on PS3

Capcom's latest financial projections reveal a heavy expectation on PS3 sales for the forthcoming year, despite a reduction in the company's sales targets from last year's total.

Last year 20.5 million software sales were made across 53 releases, but current expectations are that 18 million copies of 55 games will be sold over during the current financial year.

Of those 18 million sales, eight million are expected to come from 16 PS3 titles, up from 6.2 million from 11 titles last financial year. The next biggest platform is Xbox 360, with 6.2 million projected sales from 14 games.

Both handhelds are expected to lose sales compared to the previous year, despite the launch of 3DS and the possible inclusion of Sony's NGP in the current year's figures.

Some of Capcom's high hopes for PS3 probably stem from the recently announced HD version of Monster Hunter Portable 3, which sold phenomenally well when released on PSP last year in Japan.

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