The first quarter of this fiscal year has been a good one for Capcom, with a mix of fresh IPs, tried and true franchises, and social games paving the way for a 290.2% increase over the previous year. In addition to the critically-lukewarm but commercially successful Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, a good deal of the boost can be attributed to the performance of medieval action-RPG Dragon's Dogma.
Capcom Japan threw down the hard numbers for the quarter, which ended on June 30, adding up to a profit of ¥1.32 billion ($16.88 million). Net sales went up 55.8 percent to ¥18.62 billion ($238.2 million). While Capcom said Dragon's Dogma struggled abroad following its May release, it exceeded expectations in the Japanese market, and at this point has shipped a million copies worldwide.
Thanks to this success, it looks like it's about time for Dragon's Dogma to become a series. Capcom previously stated plans to turn it into a major franchise, but it looks like that's more or less set in stone now.
Social games also played a large part in Capcom's growth, with The Smurfs' Village and Snoopy's Street Fair bringing in "steady fees" along with games like Minna no Monhan Card Master, Resident Evil: Outbreak Survive, and Sengoku Basara: Card Heroes. As for Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, the third-person squad shooter shipped 450,000 units across the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC platforms in the quarter, contributing to its overall total of 2.1 million units worldwide.
Definitely good to see Capcom doing well at the moment. How do you feel about the possibility of Dragon's Dogma as a series? I was kind of mixed on the final game, but is anyone here looking forward to more?