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Capcom today disclosed significant revisions to their earning forecasts for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013. The publisher attributes a "special loss" of 7.2 billion yen.
The explanation for missing targets leans heavily on a failure to properly market their titles and a "decline in quality due to excessive outsourcing." Additionally, the losses are due to cancelation of titles that were outsourced overseas and a failure to adapt to perceived demand for DLC. Moving forward, Capcom plans to bring more development in-house.
Both of these points seem to run counter to consumer sentiment about recent titles. Resident Evil 6, which received mixed reviews (Metacritic 67 - 74), was developed internally at Capcom. Devil May Cry (Metacritic 85 - 86), which was handled by UK developer Ninja Theory, was lauded by critics. 2012's Dragon's Dogma (Metacritic 75 - 78), which is seeing a major expansion next week, was developed in-house.
With regard to DLC, Capcom has been heavily criticized for its approach to on-disk content, specifically with regard to 2012's Street Fighter x Tekken, which included every paid add-on character in the retail product, but locked behind a paywall.
Despite the newly announced loss, Capcom announced that sales of Resident Evil 6 and Devil May Cry are running close to revised projections issued in December 2012.
The publisher's fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, yielded net income of 2.9 billion yen (currently valued at approximately $29.5 million).
[Source: Capcom 1, 2 via Joystiq]
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I'm pretty sure outsourcing has nothing to do with their problems. First, their stance on DLC is a major issue as they are blatantly ripping off their customers. Secondly, they are simply not listening to their fans. The lack of any Mega Man games, in particular any classic titles makes no sense. Furthermore the direction they are taking Resident Evil in is turning away their fan base. I thought that someone at Capcom had actually publicly announced that they screwed up with RE6, but now they are going back on this statement? I hope they can get things together soon because I really love a lot of their franchises.
The article forgot to mention how the Metacritic User review for DmC was below the 20's. Sure critics really seemed to like it but not the consumer. More consumers actually preferred RE6 and I know it got some hate too.
Capcom may actually be making the right move here.
Since when have reviewer's Metacritic scores represented "consumer sentiment"? This article is simply nitpicking games to try to prove a point. Personally I enjoyed Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Dragon's Dogma far more than I enjoyed Devil May Cry and Dead Rising 2. If they think making more in-house games is the right choice let them go for it.
Lol like metacritic scores will ever matter. Some people will just never grow out of grade school.
I would've bought more of their HD upgrades if they'd only released them on disc in America. As it was I had to hunt down the Okami update from Asia.
I wouldn't say that it necessarily goes "against consumer sentiments" since the customers are voting with their wallet. DmC didn't do well financially, it wasn't well liked no matter what critics may say. Resident Evil 6 did poorly because people don't want their horror game to be an action game. And Dragon's Dogma is doing well because... well, because it's actually good.
I want Dead Rising 3, and please this time also bring the DLC to Ps3 dont make it Xbox Exclusive
I'm still playing Resident Evil 6 with a friend of mine. Going for the platinum trophy and having a freaking blast! Loving it. Oh, and Devil May Cry? Enjoyed it very much as well. It was over the top and (imo) thought the combat system was very well done. What else....ah..Dragon's Dogma...going to give the expansion a go when available. I did, unlike some other peoples, love the theme song. Why? Because it was so different. Outta place or not, content that was not expected for me is very welcome addition. Been gaming since 1985 and I tend to have "seen it all." So different is fresh and interesting for me. Capcom, I just want one thing this year: A mind blowing 100% pure Mega Man game. Go all out on it. Spare nothing and I think you will be ok till next year.
I hope your tempted to bring back mega man and make DMC part of your reboot alternate universe capcom. Remember when Battle Network and the original series were able to co-exist?
didnt buy resident evil 6 or devil may cry im pretty sure there are alot more people like me who usually buy those but didnt loved dragons dogma looking forward to its dlc next week
Can I have Ace Attorney Investigations 2 and Ace Attorney vs Professor Layton? Then I would be happy. Also MH4 wouldn't be a bad choice to bring over to the U.S. Is it releasing on the Wii-U? or is it just the 3DS. If it's just on the 3DS I see some missed potential with the game :/
That's right! Get your butts back over there and make it happen! Happy to hear Capcom's goin Jap again. Honestly, now Square needs to move out of Hawaii and get back into that Midgar mood by moving back too. Great News!