Wednesday, December 23

Capcom Delays Lost Planet 2, Monster Hunter Tri and Super Street Fighter IV

We've been trumpeting this for a while now and it seems a company is finally taking heed and making a wise choice by pushing some of its biggest 2010 releases later into the year, to prevent their titles from getting lost amongst the plethora of other big name games which will release in the first quarter of 2010.

Lost Planet, Monster Hunter Tri and Super Street Fighter IV were all scheduled to be released in the January to March time frame of 2010, but an inverstor document revealed that all three have been pushed later into the year. The documents states the reasons for the push back is to "Avoid competing with major titles that other companies plan to introduce in the fourth quarter, another reason according to the document is to "Preserve the value of Capcom's titles and maximize sales volume" and "to expand the lineup of titles in the next fiscal year and afterward."

The three aforementioned titles will join Dead Rising 2 and unannounced "other major titles" in the new fiscal year, with their releases "spread across all four quarters of the fiscal year to prevent an excessive contribution from new titles in the fourth quarter."

Although I was looking forward to Lost Planet 2, I must admit the decision was a wise one. Those games would only be ignored with big names like Mass Effect 2, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Final Fantasy XIII and God of War III. You don't want to your game to release anywhere near said titles; it'll most likely fail.

12/23/09 Ernice Gilbert

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