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DeathSmiles dev puts core games on hold to focus on social

In its latest financial briefing, Japanese sch'mup developer Cave revealed a change of focus sure to distress the hardcore.

As reported by Andriasang, Cave significantly lowered its earning forecasts for the coming financial year, and is now expecting sales of ¥1,303 million, almost ¥100 million less than expectations announced in July 2011.

The new estimates grimly predict an operating loss of ¥31 million rather than the ¥10 million gain the developer expected.

Cave said the games market has stagnated, and retailers are ordering fewer units than previously. As a result, it has placed some core projects on hold in order to focus on social gaming.

Some of Cave's best-loved releases include DonPachi and DeathSmiles.

Thanks, Eurogamer.

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