Capcom's fortunes have continued to improve, as the company's profits have increased by over 50% due to digital downloads.
The years of 2018 and 2019 have seen some big hits for Capcom, with both Devil May Cry 5 and Resident Evil 2 shipping a lot of units for the company. Monster Hunter World has continued to sell well too, especially on the PC platform, and the upcoming Iceborne expansion is promising to be another success story for Capcom.
Capcom has released its latest financial earnings report and it has revealed that all of its profit items have hit record new levels during the first quarter of 2019. The reason given for this growth is attributed to digital downloads for several multiplatform titles that have been released since 2017, which have continued to sell over time.
Capcom has also been restructuring its approach to esports over the past year, with the launch of Capcom Media Ventures, which will support their fighting game communities going forward. Street Fighter V has received a lot of support from the company as part of this new initiative, in order to help bolster the game following the complaints about its lack of content at launch.
Devil May Cry 5, Monster Hunter World, and Resident Evil 2 managed to be huge successes by virtue of their quality and their potential for earning revenue won't be ending any time soon. All three of those games are strong candidates for cross-generational releases when the Xbox Scarlett hit stores in 2020, with the PlayStation 5 likely not far behind it.
The question now pertains to what Capcom has in the cards to follow up on the success of these games. The Monster Hunter franchise now has a foothold in the west, which will be bolstered by the upcoming movie based on the license, while a new Resident Evil movie franchise is also in development and a Devil May Cry animated series is being created for Netflix. The potential for mass-market appeal with these franchises is staggering and it's likely that there will be a lot more games based on them within the next few years.