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Resident Evil 3, Monster Hunter: World drove Capcom's success in 2020

Published: 15:26, 28 January 2021
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Capcom's latest financial report is yet another confirmation of their quality, with Resident Evil 3 and Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne driving the sales for most of 2020.

It's well worth noting that Capcom have been on fire for a while now, and that's both on the corporate and game-making side. 

The company has posted a financial report for the nine-month period ended with December 31, 2020, and the numbers agree. Resident Evil developer reported a 22.6 per cent increase in sales compared to 2019, along with a 32.2 per cent rise in operating income. 

When it comes to video games, i.e. Capcom's digital contents segment, sales soared 20.6 per cent compared to 2019, hitting around $470 million. 

The company's report is also a nice little reminder of market trends, as digital sales outclassed boxed ones by more than threefold, i.e. $332.7 million vs. $95 million respectively. Mobile gaming was lagging behind both, but $45 million is certainly nothing to scoff at. 

Capcom attributed the 2020 results to excellent sales of Resident Evil 3, which launched in April 2020. While it failed to replicate the mania of Resident Evil 2 Remake, the classic still sold 3.6 million units. 

And there's also Monster Hunter: World - Iceborne, Capcom's top earner and one of the most popular games around, which sold 7.2 million copies. 

Capcom Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Remake protagonist Jill Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Remake, Jill looking better than ever!

Considering the sort of reception Monster Hunter: Rise had on Nintendo Switch, and we're specifically referring to the eShop crash caused by ecstatic fans, 2021 is likely to continue in the same vein for Capcom. We can only hope they've shored up their cyber defenses for any eventual attacks in 2021, which is probably the only low point they've had in 2020. 

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