Big Monsters, Big Profits
Capcom today revealed that the Japan-based development company has achieved its highest-ever profits regarding Q3 of its fiscal year.
Over the course of nine months - a period ending December 31st, 2018 - profits (61,270 million yen) are up 28.3% from the year before. Following this, operating income (13,461 million yen) went up 92% year-over-year. Finally, net income attributable to the parent (9,180 million yen) hit 106.% up from the previous year.
This success is due in part to Monster Hunter: World, which was a game-of-the-year contender last year. World shipped 11 million units as of this writing, the first time any Capcom game has ever done so. For reference, Capcom has over 80 titles that sold over 1 million units, with Resident Evil 5 coming the closest to World at 7.4 million sales. Other Capcom releases like Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection and Mega Man 11 helped as well, alongside a PC port for Monster Hunter: World releasing late last year. Gamers on the Nintendo Switch also saw a worldwide release of Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate which certainly assisted.
Otherwise, Capcom’s earnings forecast for the fiscal year finishing March 31st, 2019 continue unchanged from projects released on May 8, 2018.
Over the past couple of years, Capcom has seen a return to form of sorts. Fantastic titles like Resident Evil 7, the just-released Resident Evil 2 remake, and Mega Man 11 have pushed the group back to the forefront of gaming. Of course, the praise is poised to continue with the long-awaited Devil May Cry 5 coming out in March, and a Monster Hunter: World expansion, Iceborne, dropping this Fall.
Having reviewed it for the site, I say that Monster Hunter: World deserves its praise through and through. This game achieves something great in making a complex franchise accessible to newcomers. World's expansion on top of Devil May Cry 5 are set to help make 2019 another great year for games.
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