Capcom revises earnings forecast after Resident Evil 6 sales weaken, Monster Hunter 4 pushed to next fiscal year

Capcom is lowering its earnings forecast for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013 because sales of Resident Evil 6 have weakened and Monster Hunter 4 has been pushed into the next fiscal year, which means the company is unlikely to meet its original forecast.

The Japanese publisher had initially made a forecast of 105,000 million yen in net sales. This figure has been lowered by 11 percent to 93,500 million yen. Capcom said in a statement: "Sales of the major new title Resident Evil 6 were initially strong, but subsequently weakened. As a result, sales for this title are certain to fall short of the plan."

In addition, "the launch of Monster Hunter 4, which was scheduled for March 2013, has been pushed back to the next fiscal year in order to further raise the quality of the game."

For these reasons, Capcom concluded that sales, operating income and net income are all expected to be less than what was previously forecast.

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