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Capcom Pushes Three Out Of Q1 2010

Super Street Fighter IV, Monster Hunter Tri, and Lost Planet 2 head for high ground to avoid the Q1 flood.

Keep an eye out for her in... April, maybe? May-ish? 
You know, when publishers started pushing games out of the fourth quarter of 2009, it made some sense. It's the holiday season. It's crowded. And Modern Warfare 2 was poised to sell something like eight trillion copies, sucking up all monies previously earmarked for... well, just about anything else.

At least, that was what made sense back when publishers started pushing games. After seeing games like Borderlands move a couple million units in the face of stiff opposition, I was left wondering if too many games had moved out to Q1, effectively delaying the holiday bloodbath by three months instead of eliminating it entirely.

Looks like Capcom feels that the first quarter of 2010 has gotten way too crowded, so as part of a presentation on its next fiscal year, the company announced that Super Street Fighter IV, Lost Planet 2, and the domestic release of Monster Hunter Tri would be better off if they moved out past March 31. That's when the company's current fiscal year ends.

Interestingly, these delays aren't being blamed on the games not being ready. The reasons given include avoiding "the major titles that other companies plan to introduce in the 4th quarter." Keep in mind by "4th quarter" they mean "Q1 2010," as they're talking fiscalyearspeak.

No updated dates for the games were given in the report, only that they'd be released during the next fiscal year, starting on April 1 and trucking through to March 31, 2011. On top of that, the company cut its sales forecast for Dark Void, which is still on track to ship in January. Previously, the Dark Void forecast was 1.3 million units. Now, the company is thinking somewhere around 600,000. I ain't no businessman, but that sounds like a distinct lack of faith in Will Grey's Bermuda Triangle battle to me. Or, well, maybe that's just a more realistic approach to the game, considering that when that initial forecast was given, the first quarter of 2010 wasn't looking like a minefield packed full of big games.

If this keeps up, though, won't Q2 end up being just as packed? I'm all for having big games shipping all year long, but this stuff is kind of starting to get scary. Even scarier? I've just about got my mind wrapped around this whole "fiscal year/calendar year" thing. Business!!!!! Jeff Gerstmann on Google+
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Posted by Jeff
Keep an eye out for her in... April, maybe? May-ish? 
You know, when publishers started pushing games out of the fourth quarter of 2009, it made some sense. It's the holiday season. It's crowded. And Modern Warfare 2 was poised to sell something like eight trillion copies, sucking up all monies previously earmarked for... well, just about anything else.

At least, that was what made sense back when publishers started pushing games. After seeing games like Borderlands move a couple million units in the face of stiff opposition, I was left wondering if too many games had moved out to Q1, effectively delaying the holiday bloodbath by three months instead of eliminating it entirely.

Looks like Capcom feels that the first quarter of 2010 has gotten way too crowded, so as part of a presentation on its next fiscal year, the company announced that Super Street Fighter IV, Lost Planet 2, and the domestic release of Monster Hunter Tri would be better off if they moved out past March 31. That's when the company's current fiscal year ends.

Interestingly, these delays aren't being blamed on the games not being ready. The reasons given include avoiding "the major titles that other companies plan to introduce in the 4th quarter." Keep in mind by "4th quarter" they mean "Q1 2010," as they're talking fiscalyearspeak.

No updated dates for the games were given in the report, only that they'd be released during the next fiscal year, starting on April 1 and trucking through to March 31, 2011. On top of that, the company cut its sales forecast for Dark Void, which is still on track to ship in January. Previously, the Dark Void forecast was 1.3 million units. Now, the company is thinking somewhere around 600,000. I ain't no businessman, but that sounds like a distinct lack of faith in Will Grey's Bermuda Triangle battle to me. Or, well, maybe that's just a more realistic approach to the game, considering that when that initial forecast was given, the first quarter of 2010 wasn't looking like a minefield packed full of big games.

If this keeps up, though, won't Q2 end up being just as packed? I'm all for having big games shipping all year long, but this stuff is kind of starting to get scary. Even scarier? I've just about got my mind wrapped around this whole "fiscal year/calendar year" thing. Business!!!!!
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Posted by Steve_Ramirez

nice

Edited by MikeFightNight

Give us a new Darkstalkers Capcom!

Posted by Rhaknar

super street fighter 4 delay saddens me

Posted by Jeffsekai

April 1st for SSF4

Posted by Daryl

kjk

Edited by FluxWaveZ
@Lemon said:

" nice "

Not.  Unless you're glad you won't be overwhelmed by all these games you were planning to buy...
 
 @Daryl said:

" kjk "

Interesting.
Posted by End_Boss

I hope this doesn't mean Dark Void is going to blow. This industry needs more fresh, interesting IPs.

Posted by Soap

I dont see a need to delay Super Street Fighter IV, people who want that game will buy it regardless, any time it comes out.

Posted by psyborg0815

I'm fine with SSF4 being delayed, because I just bought SF4.

Posted by Sabata

Goddamnit, I would have bought Lost Planet 2 even if it had come out ealier. >:[

Posted by cstrang

 @Soap said:

" I dont see a need to delay Super Street Fighter IV, people who want that game will buy it regardless, any time it comes out. "

That^
 
I'm really surprised at the Super Street Fighter 4 delay.  I don't know why, I just am.  This is kinda cool, though.  It's getting almost to the point where we're going to get good/high profile games on a more year-round basis.
Posted by ryanwho

The Street Fighter delay doesn't make much sense, its not like anything else in that quarter is really competing with it. The Lost Planet push is easier to understand. But I tend to think both of these delays are for the sake of refinement, especially with Lost Planet 2.

Posted by FinalDasa

They better spend that time polishing the games or working on some network coding 
 
Prediction: In 10 years time (if the world hasn't ended of course) our calenders will all be based around the fiscal year instead of our current one. Years will end in March, begin in April, and you will have to own stock in a company to get a calender at all.

Posted by VWGTI

Thanks Capcom.
Posted by ArbitraryWater

Whatever. I can wait for SSFIV... Somehow. Without murdering someone.

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Posted by MildMolasses
@Soap said:
"I dont see a need to delay Super Street Fighter IV, people who want that game will buy it regardless, any time it comes out. "

That's what I'm thinking. Especially since it's a re-release to a certain extent. This has a built-in die-hard audience that is going to buy it when it comes out. Same thing with Monster Hunter. I totally understand moving LP2 though. It would probably fare better in the spring or early summer without all the competition
Posted by Slayeric
@Rhaknar: It saddens us all, I think.
Posted by Dan_CiTi

SSFIV was never really meant for Q1 anyway. "Spring" is hardly part of the first quarter.

Posted by FartyMcNarly

I hope all the games are just constantly delayed and never get released because everybody things everybody is releasing their game eventually.

Posted by lilarchie232

 Business!!!!!

Posted by Zereta

Wasn't Lost Planet 2 Capcom's flagship Q1 title? If anything, they should have kept that there or replaced it with Dark Void because from a business point of view, they probably will make more with Lost Planet 2 out there.

Posted by JackSukeru

That's right baby, scatter 'em out throughout the year! I'm way behind on the more awesome releases right now so I can wait.

Posted by Griddler

Good thing I don't care about those games

Posted by thecleric

Of all the games Capcom has coming out, Dark Void looks the worst to me, tech-wise and story-wise.. 
 
So why are they so eager to push it? It's just going to be Bionic Commando 2010

Posted by lordofultima

Still pretty sure SSFIV is coming in April, since it falls into this "plan" to begin with. No worries, GOTY 2010 confirmed.

Posted by Chewii101

SSFIV better be balls kicking awesome after this. 

Posted by Lazyaza

Aw I've been dying to play LP2 real bad too, ah well plenty of other games to keep me occupied till whenever they decide to release it.

Posted by Romination

Glad Dark Void is still there. I can't wait for it! I hope they just didn't wanna cannibalize that game.

Posted by Landon

2010 is eating up all my money.

Posted by Jayzilla

bummed about ssfIV a lot, really.

Posted by Al3xand3r

Oh come on, why push back Monster Hunter Tri (unless it's to add voice chat but I doubt that) :-(

Posted by Milkman

What ever will I do without Monster Hunter Tri?!
 
But yeah, the delays make sense. I never expected Super Street Fighter IV to come out in Q1 anyway.

Posted by BD_Mr_Bubbles

Seems to me they lack faith in all 3 of those games.
Posted by TwoOneFive

man oh man.  

well i dont care if it costs $100 im only focused on buying God of War 3 right now. ughhhh the waitt!!! In the last couple of weeks i have heard a ridiculous amount of hype on this game

Posted by pweidman
@RockmanBionics said:
"That's right baby, scatter 'em out throughout the year! I'm way behind on the more awesome releases right now so I can wait. "

Yep, I'm in the same boat.  And especially true considering ME2 will swallow all my game time for at least a month come the 26th.
Posted by TobyD81

So what are they dodging? SSF4 was one of my bigger games for early next year.

Posted by AURON570

I don't mind, I probably won't be able to play SSFIV until summer anyways.

Posted by MeatSim

Lets hope Q2 gets flooded and some games get delayed to Q3 then maybe will have some actual new games during the summer.

Posted by Nekroskop

I hate it when developers do this. 
We lost alot of games this year because of the CoD: MW2-scare. Let's hope it doesn't become any worse than what Capcom has done now
Posted by Curufinwe

Huge releases all year long is the way it should be.

Posted by Harknett

I'm fiendin' hard for that SSFIV

Posted by demontium

COOLNESS DELUXE! 
 
More dev time and not near bayonetta.... works for me.

Posted by masternater27

I like the honesty, even if the delays suck.  And honestly, probably works out better for me time-wise.

Posted by Xater

Now if SEGA would only be this clever about Yakuza 3.....

Posted by CitizenJP

=(

Posted by BawlZINmotion

Is Q1 the new holiday rush?
Posted by mythrol

This is stupid and makes me want to NOT buy Capcom games. Any hype for these games that I might have had just went to nil.
 
I was seriously considering MH Tri and LP2. Heck it's going to almost be a year from the JPN release of MH Tri by the time we get it now. 
 
You have to be confident enough in your product that you want to go head to head. Especially with something like MH Tri which basically is an EMPTY genre right now on the Wii.

Posted by LastHill

God bless you capcom. My bank account is crying a little less now.

Posted by RsistncE
@End_Boss said:
" I hope this doesn't mean Dark Void is going to blow. This industry needs more fresh, interesting IPs. "
What Modern Warfare 2 wasn't fresh enough for you? /sarcasm
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