CAPCOM

November 1, 2004

Capcom’s million-selling series, Resident Evil, expanding to the Nintendo GameCube and Sony PlayStaion2!

Capcom Co., Ltd. (Capcom) is pleased to announce that “Resident Evil 4” will be released for the Nintendo GameCube and the Sony PlayStation2.

An earlier announcement was made about the release of “Resident Evil 4” for the Nintendo GameCube in 2001. Since then, we at Capcom have heard a lot of voices from our loyal customers all over the world, requesting that “Resident Evil 4” be expanded to other platforms as well.  These voices aided us in our decision to release “Resident Evil 4” for multiple platforms.  We would like to assure all of our loyal customers that we will continue to strive to develop “Resident Evil 4” to feature the best possible characteristics for each of the console platforms.

Recently, the video game industry has seen steady growth focusing around the US as well as the European markets, which is expected to grow further with the introduction of the next generation game machines such as new portable game players, namely the Sony PSP and Nintendo DS.

Under these environments, we have come to this conclusion after deliberating over customers’ needs, market environments, and various opinions from stakeholders such as shareholders or investors. We hope that this decision will create new demand and expand the Resident Evil fan base. At the same time, we also expect that this decision will bring about additional revenue base.

By deploying well-targeted promotions and supplying software that goes along with the various tastes of customers, we will strive to improve business results and customer satisfaction along with coping with the ever-changing business environment.


[“Resident Evil” Series]

With the introduction of “Resident Evil” a new game genre was born.  Called “survival horror”, the player’s objective is to use their wits to stay alive from biological creatures and find out the hideous secrets behind these biological experiments gone wrong.  Since the first Resident Evil was released, over 25 million units were sold on a worldwide basis as of September 30, 2004.
The latest movie based on “Resident Evil”, titled “Resident Evil II Apocalypse” was so well received that it was the highest grossing box office film in Japan as well as in the US from September 10th to 12th.  Further broadening the “Resident Evil” franchises’ recognition into the market as a whole.


[Product Information]

1. Title:

“Resident Evil”

2. Genre:

Survival Horror

3. Hardware:

GameCube

PlayStation2

4. Release Date
    (Projection)

Japan : January 27, 2005
U.S.A. : January 11, 2005
Europe : Spring of 2005

Japan : End of 2005
U.S.A. : End of 2005
Europe : End of 2005


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