Capcom Celebrates Record First Half Thanks To ‘Dragon’s Dogma,’ ‘Resident Evil 6′
Earlier today, Capcom reported that the company has seen a big boost in profits for the first half of their fiscal year (April 1 through September 30), with a reported operating income of 6.5 billion yen ($81.4 million) and net income of 4.1 billion yen ($51.5 million).
Capcom says that these numbers broke the record at “all levels” for the first half of a fiscal year; the company’s operating income is up 134.2 percent from the same period last year, while the reported net income is up by 355.1 percent.
The increase can be attributed to better than expected sales of Dragon’s Dogma, Capcom’s internally-developed open world fantasy RPG. Although the game didn’t perform exceptionally well abroad, Dragon’s Dogma managed to pull in one million sales in Japan, which Capcom says exceeded their expectations in the domestic market.
Although Resident Evil 6 hadn’t actually gone on sale yet, the company counts that as a contributing factor as well. Capcom says that before the end of the fiscal year, upwards of 3.7 million copies had already been shipped worldwide. As of last count, that number has risen to 4.5 million.
The company did cut down on their Resident Evil 6 forecast, likely in response to the less-than-favorable reception the game received from critics, but their overall forecast for fiscal year 2012 remained unchanged.
Thus far, Capcom has only released domestic sales data for Resident Evil 6, which managed an impressive 670,000 sold within Japan’s launch.
It remains to be seen whether or not Capcom will be able to salvage a profit from Resident Evil 6, which was the most expensive entry in the series.