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Capcom has this morning released it's latest financial report, confirming they have posted net sales of ¥72.69 billion for the period between April and December - up 44% year-on-year, accounting for net income of ¥6.64 billion. Their operating income rose to ¥9.83 billion, a rise of 45.9% year-on-year
the failure in here is them having a fairly ludicrous sales expectation from their games. just going from the data on 4, 5, and 6 it's fairly evident. Resident Evil 4 sold a total of 7.04 million units as of July 2011 and that one is across all formats. RE5 on the other hand has sold 5.9 copies worldwide as of September of last year.
those are figures of sales that took years to accumulate. Capcom wanted 6 to sell more than half of how much 4 sold in a much significantly shorter span of time.
soooo.... yeah. it's not so much a failure as it is the company having very lofty goals and not having the common sense to realize it.
Again, seeing as how in the same source, Dragon's Dogma was considered a success because it sold 1 million copies, but RE 6 is considered a failure for only selling 4.8 million, I think this is just another example of why EXPECTATIONS shouldn't be used as a measure of success.
I still advocate using whether or not they turned a profit (and I don't know if they did or not) and the relative size of the profit vs development costs as the closest thing to objective.