Capcom Views PlayStation Platforms As Primary Software Sellers
The fiscal reports are starting to pop up, and in Capcom's, they say they'll be looking towards the PlayStation 3 to drive software sales.
The report contains several intriguing numbers but for the sake of this article, we'll take the stats that correspond directly to the overall point- Capcom expects to sell a combined 4.9 million software units on the PS3; that 4.9 million will be spread out across 10 new PS3 titles that are scheduled to launch in the fiscal year 2009/2010. The reason why this is so significant is simply due to last fiscal year's results: Capcom's 8 PS3 games only sold a combined 1.75 million units, so this new prediction supports the publisher's belief that Sony's machine is a legitimate player in the market today. By comparison, Capcom expects to see 4.55 million Xbox 360 software units sold, thanks to 11 new games in the upcoming fiscal year, and in what may come as a surprise, the publisher only expects 14 Wii titles to drag in around 2.20 million in sales. In the handheld market, Capcom predicts that 8 new PSP titles will sell around 2.45 million units while 29 DS units will only sell around 2.1 million. ...is this the very epitome of quality vs. quantity, or what? The bottom line is that Sony platforms are hugely important to Capcom in the upcoming year, and that's a major point.
Two years ago, a publisher couldn't possibly hope for such numbers. In fact, many were worried that due to the small user base of the PS3, they'd actually suffer losses if they produced an expensive game for Sony's console. Well, as we've said before, times are changing awfully quickly...
5/8/2009 Ben Dutka