Capcom sees record revenues in FY2011

By Steve Watts, May 06, 2011 8:00am PDT

Capcom revealed its earnings for fiscal year 2011, which ended on March 31, and unlike last year it's good news for the company. Net sales increased 46.2% to 97.7 billion yen ($1.2 billion). Operating income was up 155.8%, and ordinary income was up 132.6%. Net income increased to 7.7 billion yen ($95 million), up a whopping 257.6% from the prior year. The company says this marks record net sales, operating income, ordinary income, and net income.

Monster Hunter Freedom 3 was credited for a large part of the profits, which shipped more than 4.6 million units and became the fastest-selling PSP game. Capcom also credited Western-focused games Dead Rising 2 and Marvel vs Capcom 3 for two million units each. In alternative revenue streams, the company said the online title Monster Hunter Frontier Online showed "solid performance," and the Facebook and iOS social game Smurfs Village had a surprising level of downloads.

Capcom doesn't expect the gravy train to continue, at least not at that level. The statement suggests lower earnings since it won't have heavy hitters like Monster Hunter, but is looking to grow its online and mobile games business in the coming year.

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