capcom released financial report for the 2021 fiscal year ended March 31, 2022. The Company’s earnings hit another record high, marking the fifth straight year of growth. The performance increased thanks to the shooter with horror elements Resident Evil Village and the RPG action Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin.
During the period, Capcom had net sales of 110 billion yen ($844.8 million), up 15.5% year over year. Operating profit grew 24% (to 42.9 billion yen or $329.5 million) and up 30.6% net (to 32.5 billion yen or $249.7 million). All metrics have increased for the fifth year in a row and operating income has been growing steadily for nine years.
In total, the company sold 32.6 million copies of games in one year, which is 2.5 million more than in 2020. The growth in sales is associated with an increase in the share of digital sales. Resident Evil Village and the recent releases of the Monster Hunter series have become the main sources of income.
Resident Evil Village, which was released on May 7, 2021, had sold 6.1 million copies worldwide as of March 31. For the last fiscal quarter, the indicator rose by 400,000 units. The latest installment holds the record for the fastest sales in the series.
Sales of Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin increased by approximately 100,000 copies in the quarter to 1.5 million copies at the end of the fiscal year. It should be noted that the release of the PC version, which coincided with the release of the version for the Nintendo Switch (July 9th, 2021), has contributed to the success of the action role-playing game.
The report also mentions the continued popularity of Resident Evil 7, which sold over 10 million copies at the start of last quarter, and the Iceborn add-on for Monster Hunter: World, but did not provide actual sales numbers.
Through March 31, 2023, Capcom expects revenue of 120 billion yen (US$922.2 million) and operating profit of 48 billion yen (US$368.9 million). If the forecast figures are achieved, the fiscal year that has just begun will also be a record year. During this time, the company plans to release several major games, including sci-fi action-adventure Pragmata, fighting game Street Fighter 6, and multiplayer dinosaur action game Exoprimal.
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