In the latest of financial reports for the year ending March 31, Sega have revealed what might be one of the more higher and improved results for any publisher so far. According to the company’s Operating Income (though taking expenditure into account is still prior to the reduction of tax and interest) stood at $260 million. Compared to last fiscal year’s report of $155 million, this shows nearly a 70% increase in the company’s income.
Sega claim that within strictly the realm of video games, this is down to the successful release of titles like Total War: Warhammer — which subsequently meant the series has now reached total sales of 20 million — and Atlus’ Persona 5 though it’s important to note that as this report only covers sales prior to March 31, this does not factor in the game’s launch in the West (Persona 5 launched on April 4 in the US & Europe). Total sales of “entertainment content” as Sega refers to it, amounted to roughly 10.2 million — an increase of just over a million from the previous year’s 9.2 million.
The company expects this to increase slightly for next year, estimating that they will ship around 11.6 million in sales, with the focus primarily on expanding already-established titles like Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III, Endless Space 2 and Total War: Warhammer 2. Interestingly though, there’s no mention of either of Sega’s upcoming Sonic games in their projections. We’ll have to see how much of a benefactor said games will be in next year’s results, not to mention the relevance of the recently-announced PC releases of titles like Bayonetta & Vanquish.