Capcom Cites "Excessive Outsourcing" For Upcoming Losses
Man, Capcom's gonna be confused now. I can just see the board meeting: "We even used Western developers and we still couldn't get Western audiences to buy our games! WTF?!?!?!"
The Japanese publisher has announced revised sales forecasts for several of their biggest titles, due in part to "excessive outsourcing."
Although Resident Evil 6 is expected to move 4.9 million copies, that's well below the 7 million Capcom initially anticipated. Ninja Theory's Devil May Cry reboot, despite widespread acclaim, is only expected to sell 1.15 million copies, which is only a little more than half of the 2 million the company originally hoped for. As other reasons for the financial lagging, Capcom cited "a delayed response to the expanding digital contents market" and "insufficient coordination between the marketing and game development divisions in overseas markets."
Consequently, the publisher has warned investors of a "special loss." Well, outsourcing Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City to Slant Six didn't work...or did it? That sold several million copies despite being panned by the critics and is actually destined to outsell DmC: Devil May Cry...which is actually a good game. Wow, Capcom execs must have a searing headache.
4/18/2013 11:16:41 AM Ben Dutka