Dragon’s Dogma “Struggled Abroad” But Operation Raccoon City Is Doing Fine

By Ishaan . July 30, 2012 . 10:00am

Dragon’s Dogma, which has sold 1.05 million copies to date, has exceeded expectations in Japan, Capcom announced today in their report for their first fiscal quarter, ended June 2012.


While the game has exceeded expectations in their home market, Capcom admit that Dragon’s Dogma has “struggled abroad”. As some may recall, the game sold 92,000 copies upon release in the U.S. Capcom once again reiterate that they plan to turn Dragon’s Dogma into a new franchise.


Meanwhile, we also have updated numbers for Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. That game sold another 450,000 copies in Capcom’s first quarter, bringing total worldwide sales to 2.1 million copies. Capcom attribute the added sales to DLC, which helped ongoing sales.

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  • Gildohma

     Dragon’s Dogma needs better DLC for better Sales… The one time I want a ton of story DLC or good sidequest DLC for something capcom gives me crap.

    • Draparde

      lmao i feel the same way… i was looking forward to getting some new area/story/ possibly skills ect DLC… 

      especially since there are areas mentioned in DD but you cannot go to

  • konsama

    Could you put DD on PSN? You whine you didn’t sold well yet i still can’t find it on any store up to date, i basically lost the hype for it.

    And i have to add the DLC’s are terrible at best, this game deserved some heavy DLC’s a la Fallout, that added monsters, maps, weapons, etc, but instead we only got more “Find the coins” and some “Pay for stuff” DLC. 

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    Thats odd to tihkn that DLC made for higher retail sells, I dont think people buy games because it has DLC…

    • Sardorim

      Clearly you haven’t met the average CoD Fan that eat up any DLC CoD gets. I’ve even known some that aren’t satisfied with the base game and wait for DLC to come out to enhance MP variety for them.

      • Testsubject909

        To be fair. Aren’t CoD Fanatics basically considered the dirt bottom level of gamers nowadays?

        • Luna Kazemaru

           such wonderful logic…

          • Testsubject909

            More of an observation on the attitude most people tend to have in gaming forums and in various gaming site’s comment sections.

          • Argumentum ad populum, Test… Ad populum. There’s also the “Vocal Minority / Silent Majority” point to consider.

          • Testsubject909

            I’d like to note that I’ve often time been on the side of the minority because I felt that’s where the truth laid.

            Additionally, I’d like to point out that I stated Considered, not that they Were. I’m still on the stance that I’m pointing out a general mentality as opposed to my own.

            That it’s the truth or not, I made no mention about. As I’ve said before. I don’t really care about CoD one way or another. I played it. It’s an okay competent game. It’s fanbase is just overly large that it’s pretty much under the same trouble as any overly large fanbase and as such I’ve got nothing to say about them as a whole.

          • I know, I know; I’m not taking any sides here either. I’m just saying not to fall into incorrect generalizations that the Internet is very prone to making.

        • Why don’t you keep comments like this to yourself in the future, OK?

          • Testsubject909

            It was more of a notice on the general perceptions of people I tend to notice while going around sites moreso then my own opinion since I don’t really care about CoD fans in one way or the other.

            But duly noted.

        • Yeeeaaaah, Test, I’ll have to go with Ishaan on this one. I’m definitely not a fan of Cawadooty and how successful it is, but I wouldn’t as far as to call its loyal fans dirt, really.

          • Testsubject909

            *scratches head a bit*

            Well, I’m going to be repeating myself here.
            I never stated that I personally consider them as such.

            I do agree though that I am guilty of bringing up an unnecessary and popular inflammatory material to light.

            And I’m going to repeat myself again. I don’t really care about the fans one way or another.

            Does that deny what I stated though? Of course not. I made a passing commentary and that’s plain unedited facts. I just want to clarify exactly what I said so that at least if any of you guys want to start hating on what I said, that you at least know exactly what I said. And what I stated was basically an observation of current attitude circulating gaming commentaries and forums in the general mindset gamers possess.

      • Luna Kazemaru

         then you clearly haven’t met any NISA fans who eats up every dlc they get aswell. :>

        • XYZ_JolteonZ980

          The point I was trying to make was that people arent like “RE has random piece of DLC therefore, I must go buy RE today”. Knowing that Adell was DLC in Disgaea 4 was not the reason I went out and bought Disgaea 4. So I think its odd that people buy games because the game has some piece of DLC content, or at least in this case, the numbers that they are saying that pushed RE forward. Perhaps it was markdown at retail…

          • How it usually works is that DLC helps keep people from trading a game in.

        • Testsubject909

          I’m a NISA fan but I only bought 3 DLCs off them.

    • mirumu

      It does seem like an odd thing for Capcom to say, but I guess DLC releases do keep a game in the news. Those who didn’t buy it at release for whatever reason may have taken another look due to talk of DLC online. Sometimes DLC also fixes issues, and I guess the new content may have tipped the balance for some who couldn’t make up their mind on whether or not to buy a game earlier on.

      Actually the main thing that doesn’t make sense to me about that comment is that it was made in reference to Operation Racoon City. Hard to believe anyone who heard anything about the game would still want to buy it.

  • MrRobbyM

    A possible DD2 needs to shift a lot of things to be great. DD’s story was bare bones and kind of generic. Not to mention that if you just do the main story quests, the game is really short. Which is a good thing in a way since you only get one portcrystal the first playthrough and have to travel ON FOOT everywhere else.
    Pop-in problems aside, the presentation and production values were great but don’t really show itself until the end. The only really impressive parts that stuck out to me were the Hydra fight, Gryffin fight was somewhat impressive and of course, **spoilers?** the Dragon at the end.

    Overall, I think it’s art direction needs to be a little more Japanese, stylized fantasy and a little less western influenced. I wouldn’t mind DD2 to be completely different in just about every field besides combat. That’s the one thing they got right.

    Edit: Why is this under “PC”? Is there something you’re not telling us Siliconera? lol.

    • Testsubject909

      I believe something else that didn’t help Capcom too well was the fan backlash for their DLC practices.

      I imagine some people didn’t purchase Dragon’s Dogma for those specific reasons.

      • MrRobbyM

        That too though the DLC for DD wasn’t all that bad. A few sets of armor for less than 3 bucks and minor stuff. The extra quests are kinda bs though.

      • Domii

        That fan backlash comes from a vocal minority and nothing else. If fan hate played such a huge part in sales, then CoD would of flopped a long time ago.

        • Testsubject909

          No, I doubt CoD would flop anytime no matter the hate it might garner.

          It’s mainly a great hit with the mainstream audience, they most likely don’t remain informed here, don’t know the nature of on-disc DLC and the likes.

          On the other hand though, proportionally, the backlash that Capcom has been getting is, as far as I can tell, far larger and the amount of abuse they’ve had spans multiple titles across long years. It might not play a huge part, but it would most definitely play a part in some form.

          I’m vague here because I’m not sure if it played a positive or negative role. After all, even bad publicity is good publicity. Sort of wish we could have some clear numbers on these, but this really does just fall in the realm of speculation unless someone decides to gather numbers about those who have actively chosen to boycott Capcom at that period of time, which would probably be far too much effort for far too little profit for anyone to even consider doing.

          edit: That said. There are, of course, many other factors to keep in mind.

          Finances and levels of interests among many. I myself was not able to purchase it because of my finances, but I do know someone who has the game and that’s where my experience with the game comes from.

          • Domii

            I see what your saying. The thing is that even though we feel that ORC did not deserve those sales, Capcom was smart enough to market the crap out of that game. So in the grand scheme of things, what we say and feel on this awesome blog won’t effect the sales of a well marketed known franchise. Also considering DD is a new IP, wasn’t very critical received, and wasn’t advertise much. I think it can be consider a success.

          • Testsubject909

            True. On the new IP portion that is.

            I also forget what situation it came out in. That is to say, what games came just prior to it, simultaneous to it and right afterwards. Money is a key point to keep in mind, people’s budget and thus their purchasing priorities might have pushed Dragon’s Dogma out.

            I know for me that’s what happened. Dragon’s Dogma is not a priority purchase to me though I will eventually get it once I can get myself some extra money.

    • Knowing Capcom, they will likely to port it to the PC…. So we will never know…

    • Because Operation Raccoon City also has a PC version. At one point, a Dragon’s Dogma PC version was a possibility, but that is no longer the case.

    • XiaomuArisu

       The ending was the proof that they had a storyXD
      But seriously the game is good but if they improve it further it will be great.

    • amagidyne

        Interesting how all its major problems are caused by or related to its
      open world. This whole style of RPG is pretty uncommon in Japan, so I would hope the
      next one will be a lot better now that they’ve got some experience.

      I’m also a little surprised how many reviews criticized the story so much. It’s average for a sandbox RPG (if not slightly above average, thanks to that weird ending). That’s still pretty bad, but it’s not so bad that it distracts you from the game.

      • MrRobbyM

        That’s my problem with the game. The story didn’t distract me because I barely knew it was there.

  • I’m a bit sad to hear about RE:ORC doing so well (or doing “fine” as the article put it). As much as I wanted to love it, I felt that it was a step in the wrong direction for almost every aspect of the game. Seeing Capcom be ‘rewarded’ for this (in the Pavlovian sense) really concerns me.

  • amagidyne

     Oh, come on.

    • Testsubject909

      Faith in Humanity dropping huh?

      • MrRobbyM

        Funny. I saw the opening ceremony for the Olympics and my faith in humanity was restored a bit and then I saw this.

        • Testsubject909

          Not the best of opening ceremonies, but it had it’s high points.

          • MrRobbyM

            I’m not saying it was exactly amazing, but some of the moments were kind of magical.

  • kupomogli

    “Operatioin Raccoon City is doing fine.”

    Of course it is.  You think a Resident Evil is going to get released and not have good sales?  The game sold based on name recognition alone.  But go ahead Capcom.  You develop a sequel like we know you’re going to do.  Being a good game doesn’t matter when it’s all about the money.

    • Testsubject909

      I didn’t buy Operation Raccoon City and I like Resident Evil 4 and 5…

      I didn’t buy MvC3, FF13/13-2, I’m not going to buy DoA.

      But then again, I guess I’m in the minority here huh? We always need to look beyond just brand name recognition.

    • MrRobbyM

      As much as I think RE:ORC is a crap game and CC should feel bad, it’s just big name company being a big name company. If they see opportunity to make money, they will take advantage of it.

      • mirumu

        If opinion on RE6 ends up positive I can’t imagine this hurting Capcom too badly, but if the quality of the games in a franchise drop consistently or regularly that brand recognition becomes more of a hindrance than anything. It’s the state Tomb Raider was in a few years back where some people would have been more likely to buy the games if they hadn’t had the Tomb Raider name attached. Releasing lower quality games is a strategy that doesn’t make money long term.

        • MrRobbyM

          We’ll see if Capcom takes the fans feedback to heart. I know they said they acknowledge their practices with DLC aren’t the best but if they actually act on it will probably be the deciding factor.

        •  That’s true. I know most people tend to forget about RE Survivor (I fall into the group that just forgets it for the better), and I hear Dead Aim and
          Gaiden aren’t looked upon fondly, either.

          As much as I’m into what Capcom is putting into the RE franchise, I won’t deny the level of quality and effort they usually put into it. I just wish they would take it in a more interesting direction.

  • Testsubject909

    Hmm… This oddly reminds me of some really weird girl I met online this year.

    She’d refuse to listen to me if I used the term FMV to quickly refer to cutscenes because, according to her, since she’s never heard or read it before, that term does not exist and means nothing (Seriously? Come on.)

    She’d complain about how games were becoming movies and immediately backhand any games that had cutscenes, despite having played many games that had cutscenes making it quite an obvious double standard.

    And when I’d argue that Dragon’s Dogma took certain aspects of a variety of games to create it’s own unique, interesting and highly involving and entertaining flavor. She’d immediately say that it was a copycat and started to treat the game like it was a creep, without a care about the gameplay.

    Some people are pretty freaking crazy aren’t they?

    • MrRobbyM

      Some people like to make-up and cling to them because they just want to feel like they know more than they actually do.

      It’s sad, really.

      • Testsubject909

        I myself know when to accept that I’m ignorant about a matter.

        Sure it’s not the most pleasant of feeling, but it’s better then maintaining my ignorance like a freaking idiot. Best to begrudgingly accept reality and the truth and move on from there with newfound strength of information and knowledge than to maintain a stale status of ignorance.

    • Domii

      You should take her on a date so she can loosen up a little.

      • Testsubject909


        No I shouldn’t.

        edit: Trust me buddy. Neither should you.

        • Domii

          Damn, I guess she’s painful on the eyes huh…lmaoooooooooo

          • Testsubject909

            No, it’s her personality.

    • primalrage

      Dear diary.

  • eilegz

    western monster hunter no wonder why japanese like it, i liked the demo but not worth the 60 dollars.

    Looking foward for RE6 if there its not locked content on disc and improve the gameplay and mobility of RE6 demo


    • what are you crazy!? im pretty sure there’s gonna be some dlc on disc, it capcom its just gotta be! dont scare me like that!

  • Domii

    Those are some sweet numbers although I think you meant “sold” instead of shipped for Dragons Dogma numbers.


    • They do say shipped in their report, but it’s often hard to make the distinction between what they mean and what they say. A lot of publishers will try to pass off shipments as sales.

      As of June, Dragon’s Dogma had “shipped” 1 million copies, so I assumed that this was shipped as well. But I’ve changed the wording to “sold,” since that’s what they say in their earnings report. Just that it’s often hard to tell what they really mean.

      • Domii

        Yeah it’s pretty hard to figure out what these publishers mean my “shipped” sometimes. I think in many cases they use the word shipped to cover up unimpressive sales figures for some reason.

  • xavier axol

    2.1 million copies of resident evil: operation raccoon city sold worldwide!!?. really? we need to educated people on games (specially fps.), and while i don’t hate the game necessarily. i believe it doesn’t deserve those numbers, cause there’re other game are out there. could it be people’s taste? or is it because of the name resident evil? the world may never know!.

    • Luna Kazemaru

      ” we need to educated people on games (specially fps.)”
      Ok i will take a shot at this what do we need to “educate” people on hmmn? Lets here this wounderful logic

      • xavier axol

        well as much as it pains me to say this, but callofduty is way better than this game by miles. let’s begin with the clunky cover system, the stupid AI, the sloppy attention to detail from enviroment to characters (everything that makes the game fun), the scarcity of ammo’s along with the problamatic targeting system. did i mention glitches? why would anyone take this game over battlefield3 or crysis2?

        p.s. i don’t care for fps’s, but it pains me to see how a bad game sells more than a good game just because of the brand- i’m sure that there’re other fps that i didn’t mention, that should sell those numbers.

        • Luna Kazemaru

          Ok you passed i was expecting wi elitist comment that would bash them so my bad (because i been seeing it alot here lately)

          • xavier axol

            yeah i know that sometimes, i tend to be more outspoken then whatnot. but there’s always a reason, i don’t hate just to hate. and about those fan boys elitist (i don’t like them either), that’s why i always go to siliconera. the community here is unlike any other, the best!!. where/or if people argue they will still respect each other and get their point across. there’s no other more welcome community than right here. wow i just shed a tear!. XD

    • Domii

      It’s called marketing my friend. Also brand recognition.

      • xavier axol

        well…(i was been sarcastic but) that was my point, brand recognition can sometime save a game that otherwise wouldn’t sell as much (if it was done pretty average, but in this case less than average).

        • Domii

          Oh ok.

  • Hraesvelgr

    As much as I hate memes, I feel like one is particularly relevant to this…


  • I still look back fondly on my time with Operation Raccoon city. In the first half hour all weapon sound effects vanished, the AI stood still out in the open during firefights, one of my partners turned into a zombie so I shot his limbs off then held the button to revive him and he was good as new. Every second is just full of surprises. Its got that whole Troll 2 vibe, where its so bad that its amazing.

  • Souji Tendou

    It saddens me when a good game sales is beaten by crap game sales. :/

  • Now that’s odd. Most stores in my area dropped the price for Operation Raccoon City *really* quickly and always have copies, but haven’t done any price drop for Dragon’s Dogma and keep selling out. I would have almost thought the reverse was true based on that.

    • Same here actually. It’s really difficult to find Dragon’s Dogma here, so I thought it sells pretty fine.

      • malek86

        It could also be because the game isn’t selling much. If it were selling well, retailers would order more copies from Capcom. If you think about most niche games, they usually remain high in price for long, because a small number of copies was printed.

        That said, this being Capcom, I doubt they printed a small number of copies… so I’m not sure what’s going on here. But if they temselves have said that the game is struggling in the west, I guess we have to take their word for it.

  • In Australia my local store owner said Dragons Dogma sold out in the first 3 days of release so im surprised to hear this….not sure how reliable it is 

    • malek86

      “not sure how reliable it is”

      It comes directly from Capcom’s financial results sheet. About as reliable as they get.

      Of course it then becomes a problem of whether they say so because they had too high expectations. That we will probably not know. But I find it weird that they didn’t ship more copies, since most stores seem to be out. Perhaps they think there is not enough demand for a reprint.

  • Andar

    All I’m going to say is this:

    Dragon’s Dogma was by far the most FUN I have had playing a video game in a long, long time.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Good to know Dogma is doing well enough. Not as well as they wanted, no, but not poorly enough to cheat us out of a sequel either. I’m looking forward to this series’ future.

  •  I want to play both games now – although, I’ll probably wait until ORC is about 10 bucks.

  • Pipiskin99

    that’s funny because racoon city is a horrible game

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