Capcom’s DLC And Digital Sales Business Is Booming

By Ishaan . February 11, 2014 . 1:02pm

Downloadable content is doing well for Capcom, the company has revealed in its financial results briefing for the third quarter of the ongoing fiscal year.


According to Capcom, DLC sales are “already 7.7 billion yen, which is 10% higher than the plan for the entire fiscal year”. Capcom’s current fiscal year ends on March 31st, 2014.


Additionally, Capcom say that full game downloads of both new and older titles have been strong. For the first nine months of the ongoing fiscal year, full game downloads have more than doubled, growing from 1.5 million the previous year to 3.6 million this year.


This makes sense, given that Capcom released a number of downloadable titles this year, such as DuckTales Remastered and Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies in the west.


Meanwhile, the sales of packaged titles in the west decreased this fiscal year, as compared to the year prior, by 900,000 units in North America and Europe each.


This, too, makes sense, since recent Capcom releases like Lost Planet 3 have failed to sell as per expectations in the west, and the company didn’t have a major title to help offset the drop in the sales of packaged games this fiscal year. (In Japan, however, packaged sales increased due to Monster Hunter 4.)


Capcom say their plans is to create further year-on-year growth for their DLC business as well as full game downloads, going forward.

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  • Yan Zhao

    The very practice that made them a hated company is doing well for them, how about that?

    • otakumike

      Very vocal minority loses again.

    • d19xx

      Digital adaptation is increasing. It’s not really surprising that Capcpom’s profits will benefit as well from the growth.

      • Yan Zhao

        There’s nothing wrong with Digital adaptations/download games. It’s their constant waves of disk-locked content shenanigans thats pissing people off. That and ruining basically every major IP they ever had besides Monster Hunter and Street Fighter.

        • d19xx

          Yes I agree. But that’s a different topic….

    • Judgephoenix

      Well most of the dlc was probably reduced in price for any late comers to get the games. So is was fair ground for them. Outside of MH series I have not really bought a Capcom game lately so can’t say ^^;.

      • Linhua

        … ditto to that last part.

  • ronin4life

    I got MH4 Digital, soo…

    Am I part of the problem? ^ ,^;;;

    • J_Joestar

      nah, full digital games aren’t really a problem, just don’t go supporting horse armor-level cash-grab DLCs.

  • Zer0faith

    So long as they don’t become triggerhappy with DLC like EA I don’t mind. It’s certainly better than hearing that they’re not doing well and had such and such layoffs.

    • Godmars

      Deep Down is F2P so it will be making its money on DL/MT. So we’re screwed.

    • Man I don’t know, they are having a sale for Capcom DLC today on steam.

      A sale day, for DLC.

      • Zer0faith

        To be fair though sale day for DLC has become the norm nowadays. I’m still waiting for one from Nintendo for the FE Awakening ones.

        • I guess that’s true but man there is a lot of them that I noticed in this sale.

  • Godmars

    So much for complaint from fans if this is true and Capcom rebounds. Also so much from keeping them from making mistakes like LP3 which fans were also complaining about.

    Do have to wonder what the profit margin is for physical vs DL. Given that they’re both the same price under generally poor excuses.

  • Ercoman

    Just curious, does this count downloads of games that are free via Playstation Plus? Because they’ve had a lot of those recently, though I’m not sure about earlier in the fiscal year.

    Capcom making money is good news, though personally I’ll always prefer physical copies of my games over digital.

    • kaimo

      That would certainly explain where those .3 million sales for DmC magically materialized from.

      As for the 400K that magically appeared after the game dropped off the face of the earth in april, jury’s still out on that.

  • MrRobbyM

    Full game digital downloads have increased because of the crazy sales Capcom games keep having. I know RE games go on sale all the time and I just got MH3U recently when it went on sale for $20.

    • konsama

      I think making these discounts are a great idea, especially since digital games should be cheaper than physical. I picked both RE games in the price of one in the past halloween week discount.

      And boy if my bro had a 3DS, i woulda totally bought 3U for him.

      • MrRobbyM

        I’m all for sales, duh. 3U is the only game I have for my Wii U and that’s really all I needed to make it worth the purchase. I’m sunken about 40 hours at the very least and I’m not even half way through the game.

  • Freud_Hater

    YOU FOOLS! This will only encourage them!! D:

  • konsama

    I just wish MH4 was out for this december in the Occident rather than later. :/

    Would make me so happy and also all the friends i would gift it to to play together. :P

  • hazelnut1112

    That kinda sucks, now they will keep churning out DLC and nothing can stop them.

  • Göran Isacson

    Yeah I have to admit, when you release games that I really really want for digital only, like with Ace Attourney 5 and Ducktales, and nothing I want to buy in stores… no wonder the digital sales increase.

  • Lemski07

    So wheres my MH4 exact release date?

  • kaimo

    Your fault.

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