It’s been a strange year for Capcom as the company seems stuck hovering between breaking through and still recovering. For every good bit of news it gets, like the universal acclaim of Resident Evil 7, it gets a piece of bad news, like Dead Rising 4 failing to live up to expectations.
In the most recent financial report from the company, it clearly puts an emphasis on the importance of reorganizing and focusing on new markets, like VR.
During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, signs of major changes to our industry became evident, such as the successive releases of VR (virtual reality) devices that are highly compatible with games. With an eye to creating a new market we entered a new era many are calling “VR year one.”
Under such circumstances, the Company has carried out reorganization and strengthened its management structure aiming to reform its development divisions, which are the core of its business operations. At the same time, the Company promoted speedy decision-making and agile business development by clarifying reporting lines and responsibilities.
As for individual games, Capcom was quick to praise the recent success of Resident Evil 7 as a sign that the series still has some life in it, as well as a few of its other flagship games like Monster Hunter.
Resident Evil 7 biohazard (for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC), which features the ability to play the full game in the included optional PSVR Mode for PS4, gave an overall solid performance, while Monster Hunter XX (Double Cross) (for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems), is off to a promising start following its March 2017 release.
3 Re-releases of the Resident Evil series performed steadily thanks to a stable fanbase for the brand. Further, Monster Hunter Generations, known as Monster Hunter X (Cross) in Japan and Asia (for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems), achieved solid sales overseas thanks to Capcom’s established brand capabilities.
However, it wasn’t quite so high on the performance of Dead Rising 4, which man fans have pointed out is striding further and further from its series’ identity with each release.
On the other hand, Dead Rising 4 (for Xbox One and Windows PC) and Monster Hunter Stories (a game targeting younger audiences, for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems) underperformed. In online games and mobile contents, the Company broke new ground amidst ongoing efforts to achieve progress in this static sub-segment by reviewing its development framework and operation methods.
All said, Resident Evil 7 sold 3.5 million copies since launch, and Monster Hunter XX topped out at 1.7 million. Neither Dead Rising 4 nor Monster Hunter Stories were able to cross the one million mark, however, the latter is still scheduled for an English release for Western fans.
What’s in store for Capcom in 2017?
Resident Evil 7 was a huge and much-needed booster shot for the company, especially since Street Fighter V failed to live up to expectations. From here, we have Marvel vs Capcom: Infinity highlighting as the next entry in the company’s fan-favorite fighting series.
The company is giving Monster Hunter Stories a very gracious attempt on the English-speaking video game market. Much appreciated on that one, Capcom!
And let’s not forget that Mega Man is also entering his 30th anniversary this year… hint hint! Hopefully, this means more than just Virtual Console releases on the Nintendo Switch.
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