Capcom's 2013 was its least profitable since 2010. In fact you have to go back to fiscal 2004 to find some really good news.
The company has announced updated 2013 figures that state a year-on-year rise in revenues from •82 billion ($820 million) to •94 billion ($940 million). So, how is that bad news?
Here: it's "Digital Contents Business" aka console, PC and mobile titles had more than a 50% drop in profits year on year to $31 million.
While 14 million units of games and related software were sold only titles managed to sell more than one million units. DmC: Devil May Cry
sold 1.15 million worldwide against against a projected two million units.Resident Evil 6
sold 4.9 million units against the seen million units it was expected to sell. Dragonís Dogma
managed an above expectation 1.3 million units but that was still not enough to generate much needed profits.
On the upside, however, However, GamesIndustry reports that, "The company's online content was one of the few aspects of the business to show healthy growth, increasing 45.9 per cent to •22.9 billion ($229m). By March 2014, that is expected to increase a further 22.3 per cent, reaching •28 billion."
So, what to do? Well, COO Haruhiro Tsujimoto said that, "I regret to say that, up to now, we had few plans for the full-scale implementation of DLC.
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