Capcom Delays Early 2010 Titles

Lost Planet 2, Super Street Fighter IV, Monster Hunter 3 Delayed; Dark Void Still on Schedule

December 23, 2009 – Yesterday, Capcom announced that they will be pushing back the release dates for Lost Planet 2, Super Street Fighter IV, and Monster Hunter 3. The hotly anticipated action title Dark Void will still be released on January 19 in North America.

The announcement came as part of a loss and forecast revision for the 4th quarter of the fiscal year. Capcom stated that, “This decision is in response to rapid changes in market conditions caused primarily by the 4th quarter introduction by competitors of a large number of new games. Capcom believes that delaying the launches of its own titles will avoid competing with these new games, maximize the sales volume of the new Capcom games, and preserve the value of the brands associated with these games.”

Many publishers pushed back their pre-Holiday season titles to early 2010 in order to avoid competition with Modern Warfare 2, the juggernaut title that broke sales records in November. 2009 saw a sparse selection of big titles during the Holiday season, when the gaming industry typically releases it’s most anticipated games, and many of these titles flushed themselves out to early 2010 releases. As a result, the next few months will see major titles being released in what is typically a quiet time during the fiscal year. Dark Void, Dante’s Inferno, Mass Effect 2, Bioshock 2, Splinter Cell: Conviction, God of War III and others are all set to release in the next few months.