Capcom financials, Inside Xbox response, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer for May the 11th, 2020. I hope you had a wonderful weekend, let’s take a look at what happened in the world of video games during that time.

Capcom has reported on its fiscal year, having record-high profits for the third year in a row, despite revenue being down 18% year over year. Indeed, profit is up 27% thanks to the expansion for Monster Hunter World “Iceborne”, and sales for the original game, Resident Evil 2, and Devil May Cry 5. “A growing shift toward a higher margin digital sales also helped improve the company’s overall profitability.” It’s also worth noting that the arcade division of their company is going to take a hit from the pandemic, but that their core video games business should make out well, especially thanks to “how strongly its business has pivoted toward digital distribution of games.” The company has forecasted another record year, expecting a 4% increase in sales and a 13% increase in profit.

Some representatives from Microsoft have spoken about the most recent Inside Xbox event. I guess people have been pretty upset about it, because they did a lot of advertising that the games would feature gameplay of some kind, and not necessarily just have cinematics like most of the games did. General manager of marketing Aaron Greenberg had this to say, “Had we not said anything and just shown [the show] like we did last month, I suspect reactions might have been different. Clearly we set some wrong expectations and that’s on us. We appreciate all the feedback and can assure you we will take it all in and learn as a team.” I will say I’m glad that they’re being public about that. I think th e one that most people are pointing to was Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, and the creative director of that game came out and say “You rightfully expected to see more today. We have a long marketing campaign ahead of us, you will see in-depth gameplay and get a lot more info about the game.” Not much to say there, I’m just glad that the discussion is happening regardless of where you stand on it.

Doom Eternal is going to be getting its first update for the game, which is bringing a whole bunch of new stuff. First of all is this interesting new concept called Empowered Demons. They explain that when a player is destroyed by a demon in the single player campaign, that demon will then get beefed up and visit somebody else’s game. If you managed to eliminate that empowered demon, then you get bonus health, ammo, and XP. They’re adding some stuff to the multiplayer, like anti-cheat and a tutorial walkthrough. And just generally getting some quality of life and balancing in the singleplayer campaign. Probably not much worth replaying the game for, but it’s some nice cleanup if you haven’t played it yet.

Alright folks, that’s going to do it for today, thank you very much for joining me. I’d also like to give a tremendous thank you to Dan, Mike, James, and m d tunbridge for leaving me 5-star reviews on Amazon. Thank you everyone, that seriously does help out the show a ton. I’ll be back tomorrow with the news, and until then, happy gaming everyone.