Dead Rising 2 Racks Up Two Million Units

By Spencer . October 28, 2010 . 2:02am

imageCapcom seems pleased with Dead Rising 2’s sales. The publisher sent out a press release announcing their zombie paradise game shipped over two million units worldwide since its September 24 debut in Europe.


Last fiscal year, Capcom forecasted three million units of Dead Rising 2 before April 2011.


While Dead Rising 2 did well, Capcom’s overall profits took a tumble. For the period between April – September 2010, Capcom earned 3,942 million yen ($48) in operating income, a 23% drop compared to last year. The publisher cited the "substantial  underperformance" of Lost Planet 2 and the appreciation of the yen as reasons for the operating profit plunge.


Capcom planned on selling 2.2 million copies of Lost Planet 2 worldwide.

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  • LOL, just how much were they expecting Lost Planet 2 to sell? I think it shows that there was some error in their statistical inference department in that they either ignored the statisticians and made a ridiculous claim for under-performance and basing their finances around that game.

    Of my PSN friends, only one seems to have an addiction to Lost Planet 2, the others said it was Meh and possibly just worth a rental at best.

  • Woooow. Even though I’m somewhat pessimistic that they’ll meet or exceed those expectations, at least they won’t fail by much.

    …Though the theme of this gen does seem to be “price collapse for those who wait”, so perhaps that in conjunction with the upcoming holiday season may push sales pretty well.

    • malek86

      At the current rate, DR2 will almost surely sell 3 millions.

      … of course, how much of those are actually sold to consumers, it’s a different matter. Like you said, in this gen the price goes down pretty quickly – I think it’s partly because of overshipping.

      • It will almost definitely sell 3 million units by April. The current rate isn’t going to continue, though. Without a doubt there will be a pretty steep slow-down. It happens to every game…except Modern Warfare 2 apparently

      • Your second paragraph can’t be stressed enough. It’s indeed units shipped to retailers, not 2 million DR2 in households.

        • It’s indeed units shipped to retailers, not 2 million DR2 in households.

          Checking other sources, you would be correct! Didn’t realize that, since the article here says “sold”, and I’ve gotten pretty used to that meaning to consumers rather than to retailers.

          Maybe not as good news for Capcom as I thought, haha.

          • Here’s a link to Capcom’s blog for everyone interested:

            It’s their EU blog, but they talk about worldwide numbers.

            And maybe this is interesting for some of you (it was for me):
            I remember having this talk with one of my local retailers: I bought Haunting Ground for cheap and he told me that selling cheap games can still be profitable for him, as “official” price slashes come with refunds from the publishers.

            I don’t know if this is a general rule and how things are handeled in Japan or America, but it’s also something I consider when looking at worldwide sales numbers.

          • malek86

            It’s still good news for them, because if stores are actually willing to accept 2 million copies of the game, it means they believe they can sell most of them at full price.

            However… DR1 was surely a smashing success, so maybe stores were expecting DR2 to sell at least on that level, and that’s why they accepted so many copies.

            Depending on the sell-through, however, they might not be as willing to accept the same for an eventual DR3.

      • You’re right it’s shipped! Apologies and thanks for the correction.

  • WonderSteve

    Dead Rising 3 confirmed?

    Even though Inafune said he hates his job :P

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