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Capcom cuts profit forecast on weak Resident Evil 6 sales

Game started strongly but now "certain" to miss previous target

Capcom has slashed its sales and earnings forecast for the financial year ending March 31, 2013 due to poorer than expected Resident Evil 6 sales and a Monster Hunter 4 delay.

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The publisher has lowered its sales estimate by 11 per cent to 93.5 billion yen ($1.1 billion) and net profit forecast by 33.7 per cent to 6.5 billion yen ($77.1 million).

"Sales of the major new title Resident Evil 6 were initially strong but subsequently weakened," the firm said today. "As a result, sales for this title are certain to fall short of the plan."

Resident Evil 6 was initially expected to ship seven million units this financial year, a figure downwardly revised to six million in November. This has now been cut again, although no specific new figure was provided.

Monster Hunter 4, which was scheduled for release in March 2013 but has now slipped to a summer launch, was expected to sell two million copies in the month of its release alone.

Earlier this week Capcom confirmed a Resident Evil 6 PC release date of March 22.

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