Capcom: Resident Evil 6 sales 'certain' to fall short

Publisher lowers company-wide sales expectations for fiscal year based on "weakened" sales of new shooter and delay of Monster Hunter 4.

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Resident Evil 6 shipped over 4.5 million copies at launch, but this strong debut could not be sustained. As a result of this, and other factors, Capcom is lowering its company-wide revenue and income expectations for its fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.

"In the Digital Contents business, sales of the major new title Resident Evil 6 were initially strong but subsequently weakened. As a result, sales for this title are certain to fall short of the plan," Capcom said in a statement.

Capcom was previously targeting ¥105 billion ($16.8 billion) in net sales for the year, but is now expecting that figure to be down ¥11.5 billion ($1.8 billion) to ¥93.5 billion ($15 billion). Net income was previously forecast to come in at ¥9.8 billion ($1.6 billion) for the period, but is now anticipated to total ¥6.5 billion ($1 billion), or a drop of ¥3.3 billion ($529 million).

Capcom also announced today that 3DS game Monster Hunter 4, which was previously planned to launch by March 2013, has been delayed to summer 2013. This delay was also cited as a reason for diminished company-wide sales forecasts.

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Shaoran_Li
Shaoran_Li

Release Resident Evil Revelations to consoles (and might as well add 3D support for the PS3 version - could careless for 3D but the fact it was on 3DS - might as well) WITH PlayStation Move support, maybe you'll gain some back. Better yet, release these games back to survival horror with action implemented, not just action for the sake of action.

RaveNRolla
RaveNRolla

not everyone, i love it. i already played more than 300 hours re6. i'm a total resident evil fan, since the 1st. i'd say it isn't as good as re5 was as a zombie/bow-shooter, but i still have a lot of fun with it. the only thing i really don't like about it is the disability to discard weapons, which forces u to run around with weapons u don't wanna use and that u can't share ammo/grenades/health items anymore. the quick time events don't really bother someone who played the campaigns a few times, since they are the same everytime, so u'll know which buttons to press.

sieg6529
sieg6529

Well of course it is going to sell short.  I'm not paying that much money for one long quicktime event.  

Heshertonfist
Heshertonfist

There are a lot of companies who are simply out of touch with their fans but none more so than Capcom.

thereal-15-cent
thereal-15-cent

See, they told us leaving the Survival Horror genre would improve sales!... Oh, nevermind. ;) I'll still buy it if they release a GOTY/Complete/Gold edition, but they deserve this for ignoring their fans.

theKSMM
theKSMM

TRANSLATION: Those first 4.5 million people played our game and then apparently went and told the next 4.5 million buyers not to bother.

WskerFan
WskerFan

well there you go crapcom, you betrayed all yoiu fans and turned to CoD fans and this is what you get, neither fans are interested in this new game, Leon's campaign isn't even scary at all, whoever says so is probably still a kid who crys out for his mommy every time in his sleeps.

DirkXXVI
DirkXXVI

"Looking at the marketing data [for survival horror games] ... the market is small, compared to the number of units Call of Duty and all those action games sell," he said. "A 'survival horror' Resident Evil doesn't seem like it'd be able to sell those kind of numbers."

 

So Capcom, how's that "we want the Call of Duty Crowd" thing working for you.  Freaking idiots, Call of Duty doesn't sell well because it's an action game.  It was such a huge success because it perfected a niche, at least for a while.  Trying to copy what they did and putting it into your own game isn't going to help you make the type of money you want to make.  You were the masters of survival horror, ergo you should have been the ones perfecting the genre.  Not only are the COD fans not interested in your product but your hardcore fans, the ones who bought RE1 4 or 5 times have given up.  

 

Remember man who chase 2 rabbits catch none  

so_hai
so_hai

Game development companies have very poor project management skills it seems to me. They start to talk and give dates for things long before the money's even there... This may please the shareholders, but it doesn't wash with the players.

jerusaelem
jerusaelem

"...and other factors"

 

Such as people actually PLAYING the horrendous glob of dumb that IS Resident Evil 6. Had you told me 5 years ago that the RE game franchise would eventually out suck the abyssal turd that is the Milla Jovovich Mary Sue RE film franchise, I'd have scoffed and sent a wild pack of menacing ganado to whisper incoherent threats to you in Spanish while you slept. As much as it pains me to say it, this series needs to be put down like a rabid dog, and then set on fire to prevent ANY crimsonhead-esque resurrections. 

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

The above news article by gamespot and editor Makuch was painfully brief for one of the oldest and largest game publishers. 

They could have added history of sales, upcoming games, performance of IP's this year, reviews of RE6, etc. 

Gamespot could even have added information on past RE sales, against company performance by other industry leaders in the same period. 

Really, this is an interesting story, underperformance by one of gamings largest IP's and the news info given was less then what jersey shore has to say about politics on a twitter feed. 

HADES2001
HADES2001

Whell i am sick and tired of Capcom.

Theyr 200 versions of 1 game and especially the ON DISC DLC.

They never make anymore mega mans they arent doing anything with Onmisubura and so on and so on.

OH and they screwed up resident evil from part 4 and further these are no longer zombies anymore ZOMBIES DONT TALK!

Dareitus
Dareitus

Resident Evil: Dark Souls Edition.One Continuous Map (like old RE's and Dark Souls)Tons of Zombies and other monsters that attack relentlessly but predictably. Weighty melee attacks that require skill (NOT QUICKTIME EVENTS!) like DSVery Rare Ammo (like old RE's)Customization options allowing for better accuracy, faster movement speed, more potent herbs, more health, additional dodge options, etc (ala Dark Souls leveling system, without the penalties since we aren't just copying darksouls)

Semi-Open world with survival as the priority not a linear storyline (like darksouls, you have certain things you have to do before other things come up but you can go about them in any order and roam the world as you see fit)I can go on but you get the idea. Make it happen!  

motorxd
motorxd

That's OK Capcom, just pump out some RE:Tournament Arcade Super Ultra Remix HD II' editions and you'll hit those numbers...

 

Just letting you know that your business practices in your other franchises can result in loss of sales on anything your company does, for some of us anyhow.

hasm2005
hasm2005

Resident evil Extreme Action Crap Edition 6 ... Ah chased down by nemesis were the good old days 

hitechgraphs
hitechgraphs

Capcom did notice?What they did expect?Game of the year?Get a grip Capcom!

orthodox1976
orthodox1976

This is bad news for Capcom, especially since that DmC demo was AWFUL. I was a strong defender of Ninja Theory's efforts on that game until I played it. WTF were you thinking, Capcom?

 

Please hurry up and make a real Devil May Cry! And for the record, I don't care at all about Dante's new look or the world, etc... it was the feel of the gameplay that was just terrible for a DMC (but perhaps not so much for another regular action game).

Bloodwolf_19
Bloodwolf_19

They need to make Monster Hunter for Xbox 360. they did it for japan when they made the MMO version. I know a number of poeple who'd play it on xbox.I'd bet there's be a bigger following of MH in america if it was available on the XBX360, an even PS3.

 

edinko
edinko

I think they made much more sales from RE6 than the game deserves. Its a crappy action game and not a RE game

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

This is usually what happens when you make a crap game.  Like RE6, for example.

xophaser
xophaser

I beat it once with leon, started to play chris and stop.  What a stupid army shooter game.  Haven't played it since.  I put so many hours into re5 and it wasn't the best, but still more interesting.  Resident Evil is a classic, even dead space copied it.

DesertEaglex24
DesertEaglex24

I'm not surprised re6 is an abomination to the franchise.

santinegrete
santinegrete

Expect the same with 7 if you don't correct the course Capcom.

cubachino
cubachino

I didn't buy it. It's working. Campcom you better bring the franchise back to its roots!

lexluis
lexluis

Mixed critical reception and low sales...

I think its time for CAPCOM to make an important phone call to a very important person at Platinum Games... you all know whom I'm talking about

gantarat
gantarat

Capcom: *Announces new Resident Evil game*

Everybody: ... ... ... *cough, cough*

Capcom: *Announces new CG-MOVIE Resident Evil *

Everybody: YAAAAAY!!

Henninger
Henninger

Hey Capcom, now let this be a sign that the real fans of Resident Evil want a real Resident Evil game. You had something good with RE Revelations. & then fucked it up with RE6. Go back to the roots & the money will flow again. Its that simple.

tomouse84
tomouse84

Good! This is what Capcom needed. Money talks and they will care about this much more than critical opinion.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

time for another episode of, "oh goodie, another re6 article. now we have another excuse to bash it some more!" hosted by joe gamer.

alenth
alenth

the game is not great and not terrible either, but for the people saying this is the worst game in the franchise i guess they are new in gaming or maybe they didn't tried RE: Outbreak, RE survival, RE Gaiden or maybe RE:ORC, the game is not the best out there and it has his own flaws (sometimes exaggerated by haters) but definitely is not the worst game out there, i think that a lot of the hate comes from the bad reputation that capcom made in the past releases (dlc spam, separate modes as DLC, DLC characters, bad threatment to their own franchises, etc) i think that this game offers a lot of content and fun if you are not expecting to much.

MGSFAN612
MGSFAN612

Not surprising the game looks great but no RE game is worth $60.(not many non-open world games are) 

 

Don't get me wrong I am definitely getting it eventually but I would never pay more than $40 dollars for the game. 

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

Things went wrong for Capcom and RE as whole the moment they turned it into more of shooter, then survival horror game. And now the Shooter are all over the place.

 

I still think Code Veronica was last RE game worth it, but then I dont like Shooters and soon as RE started making more emphasis on Shooting, then actual survival horror it started as I stopped playing the game franchise.

Bleak5170
Bleak5170

That's what happens when you release one of the worst R.E. games of all time, (I mean main games - not **** like Operation Raccoon City).

 

       The fact this game was discounted to $39.99 soon after release couldn't even help it.

franzito
franzito

Despite some annoyances, RE 6 is enjoyable and I just keep coming back for more!

I don't care about the sales, what really matter to me is that I HAVE the game and I CAN play it whenever I WANT. Period.

Shaoran_Li
Shaoran_Li

and it's fine that the series explore new directions but they should retain the roots of the game. keep it new but familiar.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

 @theKSMM lol 

The demo - struck me as - Why would capcom show this kind of demo- do they not know how many will not buy it day one from the demo alone.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

 @WskerFan I do not mind them taking the series in different directions or exploring new ideas, but at least make them good ideas. 

I enjoyed the Umbrella corporation finally bringing the virus into bio-weapons military use like they always planned. (loved the zombies who would make shields from their bodies)  BUT>>>>>>

-For me it was the total lack of story and cohesion. 

-No one gives a crap about all these ancillary characters that add nothing to the story or universe- focus on the main four, 

-No atmosphere in the indoor campaigns at all. 

- RE has always lead in tech and graphics - they need to expand their asian developers and hire some new talent. 

Bah I could go on .... but really i and everyone else is sick of RE6.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

 @DirkXXVI "Appeal to the mainstream" they said, "It will all work out" they said.-Capcom Dev team.

Dareitus
Dareitus

 @orthodox1976 Really? I enjoyed the demo quite a bit. Not as much as Metal Gear Rising but I still liked it. Played a lot like DmC4 (more like Nero than Dante, but still) IMO. Did you beat it once to unlock Son of Sparda mode? MUCH harder and more like old school DmC

nationalgord
nationalgord

 @Henninger  Resident Evil 6 was not a bad game, but it's the second worst Resident Evil game with a number in the title. The only RE game that's worse is 5. I would rather play Outbreak and CVX than 5 or 6. Everyone I know who bought re6 beat it once and never played it again. With RE4, it made people want to finish it over and over like the first four games did. It was also the last one with a flowing environment that allowed for back tracking without having to go to a menu and choose to go back by selecting a different. Separation of game environments kills atmosphere. If they can at least make a fully connected environment again, I would be be much happier with the product.

Ghetto_ninja
Ghetto_ninja

 @WskerFan  @Shaoran_Li Lame I would have like the 3D. Capcom is stupid when it comes to not including such a simple yet awesome feature. 

Vodoo
Vodoo

 @jenovaschilld  @theKSMM That's exactly what happened to me. I was planning on getting it at launch. I had it pre-ordered and everything. Then I played the demo and thought it sucked. I couldn't even finish the Leon section of the demo and that was the only part I played. Didn't even try the other 2.

Dareitus
Dareitus

 @LilRoss2k3  @lexluis I second that. Platinum is doing amazing and should be left alone so they continue doing amazing things.

franzito
franzito

 @Plasmid_king I'm entitled to my opinion as YOU, buddy.

I take you're a RE 6 hater, right? Well, hate all you want. Is not going to make the slightest difference in my life neither Capcom's, so...

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

 @franzito  @Plasmid_king

 ON the contrary, it does make a difference to Capcom, it's the very reason why they are having to lower their sales expectations for it! You're entitled to your opinion but you can't speak for Capcom when you say it makes no differ. Our opinion is the very reason their next Devil May Cry game is made by an American developer!