Capcom Profits Down on the Back of Some Decidedly Odd Results
Capcom’s latest fiscal reports show company profits down down 13.8%, and net sales down 16%. Oddly enough these soft results appear to have occurred due to the tepid consumer reception to a couple of critically well-received Capcom fighters, while a couple of lower key titles appear to have beat expectations.
The critically reviled Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City has, against all reason and rationality, posted a frankly unbelievable sales total of 1.7 million units, which should prove heartening for the fourth quarter release of the action oriented Resident Evil 6. It is a little disheartening to see just far a brand name is able to determine game sales. Meanwhile the 3DS remake of the Wii’s Monster Hunter 3, Monster Hunter 3G, performed to a similarly high standard, seeing domestic Japanese sales of 1.6 million units.
On the other hand, it has been Capcom’s high quality fighting games letting down the team. Street Fighter X Tekken has undershot Capcom’s 2,000,000 sales target by 600,000, selling just 1.4 million copies. While Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 did not even reach a million in total sales, with most recent estimates placing sales somewhere in the vicinity of 600,000 copies sold – this figure does not appear to include sales for the version which was released as a Vita launch title. Ultimately, these figures would seem to suggest that Capcom have achieved something close to market saturation with respect to their Street Fighter style games; they may wish to moderate this narrow development focus going forward.
EA Reports Fiscal Results for 2011 – Not All of Them Are Good
EA have this week announced their fiscal performance for the year 2011, a set of figures which is broadly positive in its implications. EA has cited the strong performance of Mass Effect 3, SSX, Kingdoms of Amalur and FIFA 12 for returning the company to profitability. EA had posted a $276 million deficit for the previous year, while the 2011 business year saw them take in a cool $76 million in profit. Total digital revenue for the year was up 42% to 1.2 billion dollars on the back of the launch of their Origin download spyware service, Prompting John Riccitiello to pronounce that Origin is now the #2 digital download service with 11 million users to Valve’s 35 million – a travesty given the quality of Good Old Games.
EA’s figures were not unanimously positive however, with reports that active subscribers to their flagship MMO The Old Republic has experienced a precipitous drop of 400,000 since February; from 1.7 million users to a scant 1.3 million. Riccitiello claims that this drop-off is due to casual gamers not renewing their subscriptions, while a solid core of MMO fanatics remains, yet this seems counter-intuitive. It would seem far more likely that serious MMO players would be the first to give it away in favour of returning to their other MMO commitments, while it is the non-core MMO players (enticed by brand loyalty to Star Wars or Bioware) who remain – for now.
Blockbuster List of 25 Wii U Titles is Leaked
Blockbuster’s internal list of twenty-five Wii U titles has been leaked this week, featuring much in the way of PS3 and XBox 360 multi-platform titles. Be forewarned however that Blockbuster has confirmed that much of the list is speculative in nature.
The list in full reads thusly: Aliens: Colonial Marines, Batman: Arkham City, Assassin’s Creed (presumably 3?), Darksiders 2, Dirt 3, Formula 1 All Stars, Game Party, Ghost Recon Online, Just Dance 4, Killer Freaks From Outer Space, Marvel Super Heroes, Metro: Last Light, Monsters Party, New Super Mario Brothers Mii, Ninja Gaiden 3, Rabbids Party Land, Pikmin, Raving Rabbids, Rayman Legends, Shield Pose, Splinter Cell 6, Sports Connection, Tekken, Your Shape 2013, and Zombie.
Should this list prove accurate, then it indicates that Ubisoft have bet big on the Wii U’s fortunes, with Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell, Assassin’s Creed, and no less than three entries from the Rayman family of games being represented on the Wii U. It is also indicative of a line-up which is not altogether likely to illicit much excitement on the part of gamers in general – though the inclusion of Pikmin and New Super Mario Brothers is bound to make a few people quite happy.