Capcom profits down, Street Fighter X Tekken sales lagged
The latest fiscal report from Capcom has a few pleasant surprises, but also has its share of rough spots. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City moved around 1.7 million units worldwide. That bodes well for the more action-oriented Resident Evil 6 set to release later this year. Monster Hunter 3G had an even more impressive showing, moving 1.6 million units in Japan alone. Not bad for a handheld adaptation of a 2 year old Wii game with a highly questionable marketing campaign.
Still, overall profits for the company were down 13.8%, perhaps in part due to the sales of Street Fighter X Tekken. With 1.4 million discs shipped, the game is currently 600,000 units shy of Capcom's projected goal of 2 million in sales. Pretty disappointing for a crossover between the two most popular fighting game franchises on the planet. Speaking of crossovers, it doesn't look like Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 has sold its first million yet. That's got to be discouraging.
I think Street Fighter X Tekken and Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 are great games, but they were both PR nightmares in their own ways. I really hope this teaches Capcom to not give certain consoles a free head start on 5-17 DLC characters, to stop with this on-disc DLC propostion, and to never again release a huge, retail-based update to a game that's less than a year old. Having great games will only do so much for you when the consumer ends up feeling burned every time they buy one.
Capcom Reports Sluggish Sales for Street Fighter X Tekken [Shoryuken] Setup email comments
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