Resident Evil 6 sold 4.5 million copies its week of release, a company record. It was projected to sell seven million.
Then Capcom revised the projection slightly, stating that by March it’d sell six million.
Now… uh… well…
Let’s just let CVG explain the situation:
The publisher has lowered its sales estimate by 11 per cent to 93.5 billion yen ($1.1 billion) and net profit forecast by 33.7 per cent to 6.5 billion yen ($77.1 million).
“Sales of the major new title Resident Evil 6 were initially strong but subsequently weakened,” the firm said today. “As a result, sales for this title are certain to fall short of the plan.”
The good news is that Capcom is still making money, so it won’t be going entirely mobile just yet. Also, a delay of Monster Hunter 4, a game nobody outside of Japan cares about and everybody inside Japan will murder you to get an early copy of, dinged their financials.
Still, that means Resident Evil 6 basically came out and stalled. Perhaps this is not a surprise: It hit October 2nd, right before, let’s see here, Dishonored, Assassin’s Creed III, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Halo 4, Hitman: Absolution, Far Cry 3, and the Wii U. But it may also have something to do with the terrible reviews it got, which we found a bit hyperbolic.
Either way, hopefully Capcom delivers a better game for the seventh entry in the series… already rumored to be in development.