Capcom, which recently released Monster Hunter Rise, has revealed its full-year financial results and it looks like the company has broken its previous profits record for the fourth year in a row.
According to GameIndustry.biz, Capcom’s fiscal year ended On March 31st, 2021 and saw net sales of ¥95.3 billion ($859.6 million USD) which is a 16.8 percent increase compared to last year. Its operating income raked in ¥34.6 billion ($318.1 million USD), a 51.6 percent increase from last year.
The driving force behind Capcom’s record-breaking profits was the Resident Evil 3 Remake and Monster Hunter Rise. The recently released entry in Capcom’s monster hunting franchise’s contribution to the company’s profits is important to note as the game came out five days before the end of its fiscal year.
Even then, the Switch exclusive shipped over four million units up to March 31st and the total sales have increased to six million since then. The other profit contributing factor, Resident Evil 3 Remake, also sold very well with 3.9 million units shipped. Capcom is now projecting it will set a new profits record for its current fiscal year ending on March 31st, 2022 with major releases like Resident Evil Village, Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wing of Ruin and the early 2022 PC release of Monster Hunter Rise.
Despite the publisher’s video game division setting a new high each year, its other divisions such as Arcade Operations and Other Business—ventures like eSports and the Monster Hunter movie—were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The arcade division was affected by the number of emergency periods in Japan, even then it brought in ¥19.9 billion ($183 million USD), an 18.4 percent decrease. The arcade division’s operating income saw an 87.7% decrease from last year, ¥149 million ($1.4 million).
Capcom as a company has seen a lot of success with the Western breakthrough of Monster Hunter World, the revitalization of the Resident Evil series, Devil May Cry 5‘s long-awaited release and more. It will be interesting to see where Capcom goes from here with the upcoming known releases.