Capcom’s 2013 fiscal year is already off to an enormously good start, as the developer/publisher recorded first quarter net profits of 1.3 billion yen (roughly $16.9 million) on the strength of their video games portfolio. By far, the biggest standout in the bunch was Dragon’s Dogma, which has sold over a million copies worldwide since it released earlier this summer.
Notably, the success of Dragon’s Dogma came as a surprise to both Capcom and industry insiders, as the open-world action RPG caught fire in Japan despite the heavy Western-style gameplay emphasis.
It also sold quite well across European and North American regions as well, but Japan’s sales figures were off the charts for this type of game, with over half a million copies flying off shelves in that region by itself.
According to the financial report, additional help came from some unlikely sources, as social gaming titles The Smurfs’ Village and Snoopy’s Street Fair—both published by Capcom’s mobile brand Beeline—padded the company’s bottom line.
As a result, Dragon’s Dogma is definitely getting the sequel treatment from Capcom, and should be on track to hit their estimated goal of 1.5 million copies sold. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City also helped Capcom’s profit spike, selling 450,000 units among the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC versions.
On a side note, Capcom also makes a chunk of money from the rental and sale of arcade cabinets and pachinko machines, noting that although they had to close “one unprofitable store during the current period,” they’re still operating 36 locations.