Capcom’s DLC And Digital Sales Business Is Booming

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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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Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.