Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City infects 1.7 million

Capcom's squad-based shooter spin-off trumps "lagging" Street Fighter X Tekken's 1.4 million copies sold; publisher's full-year sales and profits sink.

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Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City may not have won the praise of reviewers (the game runs a 52 on Metacritic), but that didn't stop Capcom's action shooter from selling 1.7 million units since its release in March. Sales of that caliber make the game Capcom's 25th best-selling title of all time.

Scores may have been low for Operation Raccoon City, but sales were high.
Scores may have been low for Operation Raccoon City, but sales were high.

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City outsold another hotly anticipated Capcom March release, the much-praised fighting game Street Fighter X Tekken. Capcom said that game's sales "lagged," coming in at 1.4 million units as of March 31, 2012.

Following Operation Raccoon City's launch in March, developer Slant Six Games sounded off on the game's low review scores.

"It's challenging," said studio producer Mike Kerr. "A lot of people put a lot of time and effort into the game and obviously we'd like to see the review scores be a little better than they are right now."

The news comes as part of Capcom's financial report for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, where the Japanese publisher announced net sales dipped 16 percent from the prior year to ¥82.06 billion yen ($1.02 billion). In terms of profit, operating income also sank, coming in at ¥12.32 billion yen ($154.1 million), with net income for the period dropping 13.2 percent to ¥6.72 billion yen ($84.06 million).

Looking ahead, Capcom said it expects to tally net sales of ¥105 billion yen ($1.31 billion) and record ¥9.8 billion yen ($122.59 million) in net earnings for the year ending March 31, 2013. The company expects to hit this mark through investments in "high growth potential content" and big-budget AAA titles like this October's Resident Evil 6.

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