In The Absence Of New Games, Capcom’s Old Ones Are Still Selling

By Ishaan . August 1, 2014 . 11:00am

Resident Evil 5 is still selling, five years after its release. The game had sold 6.6 million as of March 31st, 2014 and this morning, Capcom updated that figure to 6.7 million as of June 30th, 2014.


Capcom also provided updated figures for a number of other games on their Investor Relations website. For instance, Resident Evil 6 had sold 5.8 million units as of March, and since then has grown to 5.9 million units.


Resident Evil 5 and 6 aren’t the only Resident Evil titles that people are buying either. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City grew from 2.3 million in March to 2.4 million by the end of June. Last but not least, Resident Evil: Revelations has sold 1.2 million units across PC and consoles. Capcom didn’t share sales of the Nintendo 3DS version.


Meanwhile, Dead Rising 2 went from 2.8 million units in March to 2.9 million sold by the end of June. Finally, Dead Rising 3 increased from 1.2 million to 1.4 million units sold as of June. People sure like their zombies.


People also like their angels and demons. DmC Devil May Cry increased in sales as well. The game had sold 1.5 million units as of March, and grew to 1.6 million units by the end of June.


Capcom didn’t release any major new games during the first quarter (April – June) of their new fiscal year, but the company sold 1.4 million units of software regardless, owing to strong repeat sales of existing titles such as the ones mentioned above.


Even more interesting is the fact that 50% of these sales came from downloads. Capcom sold 700,000 units of software in packaged form and another 700,000 via downloads. That might be the real takeaway here.

  • JonathanisPrimus

    I find it interesting that they’re still moving PSP/Vita software despite not releasing anything since 2012.

  • Godman

    Speaking of which I got to get around to playing RE5 again

    • EvE

      yeah me too…

      • Patrick Lucas Honeyman

        Me too. Still good in 2014. RE6 makes you realise how well RE5 was made in hindsight.

  • Tatsuya1221

    Of course a large amount of those sales are digital, those games go on steam sale at pretty much every sale.

  • While it’s terribly boring with no new major releases, it’s also good to see a publisher finally notice that HEY! You shouldn’t put all your expectations on the debut week! Crazy thought, I know :P

    That being said, y’all know a surprisingly enjoyable Capcom game that people SHOULD be checking out? Remember Me. Bought that back in December ‘cuz it was marked (incorrectly) at a Target a few weeks before the MSRP was actually supposed to go down. For the prices it’s going now, it’s really, really good. Not the game you want it to be, but a great first game – you can see how a sequel would’ve expanded the ambition and design.

    Fantastic title really. Pick it up when you see it; it’s cheap.

    • aizen310

      I thought the same. Remember Me is not a AAA title by any means, but it was still managed to entertain me more than I expected. Had a few playthrough with it on harder difficulties too and gathered/unlocked almost everything.
      If you want cheap but quality entertainment, don’t forget Remember Me (the pun is strong in this one, LOL).

    • CirnoTheStrongest

      Horrible game for me. The controls were junk, the story wasn’t the least bit interesting, and the gameplay was just outright cheap at times, while other times being total cake. I don’t really have a single good thing to say about that game.

    • Gene Bowen

      Don’t buy Remember Me. Capcom shut down the developer shortly after release.

      • Er… that developer was never owned by Capcom.

    • Yan Zhao

      Remember Me was not a good game. Only reason I even played it was because it was free on PS+. And boy am I glad I didnt spend money on it.

    • Brandonmkii

      Played it when it was a PS+ freebie. Sort of glad I didn’t pay full price for it. Not terrible by any means, but definitely fell short of my expectations

  • Land of Green Pasture

    people, don’t buy capcom games so they make the new one!, said no one ever..

    • Kaitsu

      And no one ever should, because that’s backward ass logic.

  • leingod

    Resident Evil 5 still selling? That’s a shame.

    • Scissors

      RE 5 is the most fun I’ve ever had with a co-op game. I get why people are disappointed by RE 5 cause of what it did to the series and I am too. It’s not really very scary, not true to the game roots and blah blah, but taken on it’s own I thought it was amazing co-op 3rd person shooter. Was not as good as RE 4 and it’s a real shame what happened to the series, but despite it not being a good Resident Evil game it was a great co-op 3rd person shooter in my opinion.

      • Snorlaxation

        So basically, pretty great game. Pretty lame Resident Evil game.
        I can respect that

      • Lönk To Xillia

        Resindent Evil 6 is better Resident Evil than 5 and has a better co-op.

        • disgaea36

          thats a load of horse manure and wow talk about fragments lol

          • Michael Cortorreal

            LOL that was the most funny comment I have seen in so long, im even crying :’D thanks for the laugh man!

      • HarakiriKami

        Why not play gears instead?

      • Kitestwinblades

        I swear there was a point where everyone had RE5 on their trophy list. I think people even kind of got a date feel out of it after its first year. They always have trippy music in the multiplayer(mercenaries) too that naturally kills the horror factor but makes it feel more like game and I kind of respect that. Even though the games ramp up on crazy meter each time, I’ve found the last 3 or 4 titles to be fun.

    • Vesperion

      Cause it’s awesome

  • ivanchu77

    I regret buying this piece of shit, at least i didn´t make the same mistake with RE6

    • raymk

      RE5 was a fun game, FE6 however was meh.

  • Monterossa

    at least remove Game for Windows Live, FFS.

  • Brandonmkii

    RE6 was way fun. Not even mad.

    • Sardorim

      RE6 had moments but no Jill anywhere, especially with how important Chris is to the plot, was a huge mistake and hurt the game’s narrative a great deal.

      • Brandonmkii

        Well, Jill shared the spotlight in Revelations. I’d be suprised if Jill wasn’t in the next game, though.

        • Satori Satya

          Shared? Revelations was Jill’s game.

          Chris and the other characters played supporting roles in that game.

        • Satori Satya

          Shared? Revelations was Jill’s game.

          Chris and the other characters played supporting roles in that game.

        • Sardorim

          That doesn’t excuse her absence. They always harped on about being partners and Chris acted like he lost a lover with how depressed he was in RE5 and than how desperate he became to save her when he found out that Jill was still alive.

          Yet she was MIA when Chris was at a very low point in his life, what could be so important that she and Claire couldn’t have been there to at least check up on Chris?

    • HarakiriKami

      It trys to hard to be an action movie

  • Tom

    “What are ya sellin’?”

  • raymk

    Also not hard since RE6 dropped in price super fast to like 30 bucks and then being cheaper than RE5. RE5 was a great seller from beginning to end and i’m surprised its still selling tbqh.

  • Sardorim

    It’s too bad RE6 ignored RE5 almost entirely. Seriously, no Jill at all? Not even a mention?! After all the BS Chris went through in RE5 to save her and mentioning how they’re “partners” and stuff yet when Chris is down she’s NOWHERE?! Chris acted like he had lost his wife with how sad he was when he thought that Jill was dead, he was even going to let the world burn for her.

    • Satori Satya

      RE6 already felt like a bloated mess. So what it didn’t need were more RE characters shoehorned into it. RE6 was ridiculous in that it almost felt like “RE All-Stars” game or something.

      Besides, Jill Valentine had her own game by way of Revelations. Where Chris played a supporting role.

      • Sardorim

        They shouldn’t have included Chris than if Jill and Claire weren’t going to be in it. Having such a big thing happen to him and not having them there, or even expressing worry for his current state, hurt the narrative a great deal.

    • Ryker

      True, I felt her presence was sorely missed from the game. =T

  • landlock

    I like RE5 and RE6 they were good games just not really the way I wanted the Resident Evil series to go. If that makes any sense.

    • Snorlaxation

      Makes perfect sense.

  • Tarkovsky

    “Even more interesting is the fact that 50% of these sales came from downloads. Capcom sold 700,000 units of software in packaged form and another 700,000 via downloads. That might be the real takeaway here.”

    This is what Capcom meant by increasing DLC contents. DLC contents in Capcom’s investor’s site relates to anything that can be downloaded digitally. I’ve been saying this repeatedly to Capcom haters since their last investor’s meeting and yet they mock me for being naive. This is more than enough proof that Capcom are selling lots of downloaded titles.

    • landlock

      The older the games get the more likely the sales are going to be downloads as new versions of the game are harder to find/come by.

      • Tarkovsky

        That is definitely true, but they have been selling a crap ton of digitally downloaded titles since 2 investor’s meetings ago. That’s why their making a lot of their games available for digital download.

        Edit: In fact, you go to their investor’s page, you can see that Digital contents make up almost 2/3 of their total sales.

  • Kornelious

    Dragons Dogma 2……That is all :P

    • The Watcher

      With horses as Transportation…or dragons.

      • pimpalicious

        The pawn system was nice but it would be nice if there was also co-op as an option.

    • HarakiriKami

      Oh that might make capcom bankrupt

  • Sav

    announce the new RE games already capcom.


  • I’m surprised that they haven’t made an attempt to convert Resident Evil 5 to Steamworks and adding the Gold treatment to it.

  • midgard229

    re5 is probably one of the best co-op games out period. me and my fiance loved it to bits. re6…..well that didnt even come close. except for mercenaries mode

  • Izzeltrioum

    I’m still waiting for that PS3 0&REmake HD collection reveal.

  • Armageddon

    Capcom’s living in the past(pun intended). Hope they have a better future..*cough*Dragon’s Dogma 2*cough*

  • monkey king

    If only they brought RE5 Gold to pc…mercenaries reunion is soooooo goooood~

  • Ryker

    I didn’t really like RE5 at all, but RE6 is close to my absolute favorite. I was floored by each of the characters unique points of view and how they crossed paths with different motives and objectives, ending in their own spectacular confrontations, yet fulfilling a concerted goal that they all shared.

    Honestly, I put off playing RE6 for so long because of my bad experience with RE5 and the negative opinions about RE6, but I truly believe most of the haters haven’t even given RE6 an honest chance. The dialogue is hilarious, the game is more fun in 2-player mode,– I had some really heart pumping moments with my brother in some sections. I really have no qualms with the game at all. Yes, it tries hard to be an action movie, but it’s a damned good one.You can tell they put so much attention into make this game the culmination of what the different fanbases of the series desired, Leon’s sections were slower and more strategic, Jakes was a mix, Chris’s was straight out action.

    I’m always gonna have a special place in my heart for RE: Remake and RE4, with RE 2 being my hands-down favorite, but RE6 is right up there if you ask me. Yeah, it’s not a restrained survival horror type game, and is very actiony, but it does what it does, so well. A high tension, sometimes heart-pounding, creepy RE game that delivers.

    So, with that said.. I’m not mad at all that it’s still selling. I loved the experience.

    • Fub Frank

      From someone who has been with the series as a teenager and has always enjoyed played it amongst friends, I was looking forward to it. I am someone who has accepted the change that RE went through. I liked 5 for what it was, it was good but not nearly as good as 4. Although I did absolutely have tons of fun with co-op.

      6 I was actually looking forward to and would be playing it with the same friend that I played 5 with. I enjoyed the demo when it came out. I don’t exactly remember all of why I didn’t like 6, but the game just felt way more frustrating and clunky at parts, in terms of game play felt even worse in 6 to me. Even with all the action movement you could do.

      I also thought that the 3 scenarios ended up not feeling all that different in the end from each other. That whole idea of having 3 different feeling campaigns kind of fell off the map. RE6 for me kind of showed me that Capcom really doesn’t know what to do with the series so much and just keep riding the same train since 4.

      With that said, I really want another Resident Evil game that I would enjoy. I loved the series and even with RE6 I still have faith in the series if Capcom makes the right moves with it.

      • Ryker

        Admittedly, the campaign differences were minor at best,but they felt different enough in tone and narrative that I enjoyed them for the unique perspective each of them offered. Hopefully, the next game is more to your liking, I’m rather flexible when it comes to this series. You have to be if you’ve been around since the beginning, eh?

  • Satori Satya

    “Capcom didn’t share sales of the Nintendo 3DS version”

    ^^^ Early in 2013, it was reported that Revelations on the 3DS had sold 750,000 units. According to the Official Nintendo Magazine.

    Those numbers don’t include digital sales of the game, though. The game was only available digitally on eshop since March of 2013. And it went on sale several times this year. So it probably sold some more.

    • Yeah, I’m aware of that figure, but I didn’t want to include it alongside official numbers from Capcom.

  • Resident Evil 5 is my favorite. I’ve played them all, and I’m a big fan of the series, but the replayability and overall fun of 5 made it my favorite.

  • I just recently bought Resident Evil for Wii. The gamecube remakes remade for Wii… awesomeness.

  • andy

    Haven’t bought a game from them in over 5 years lol. I would call games released 3 years ago “old” already. Crapcom, so crap.

  • Göran Isacson

    I wonder how many of those sales are downloadable sales via Steam or PSN, and how many are storebought. Kinda curious if going online has been profitable for Capcom, and as such may be an eye-opener for other Japanese companies as to how profitable getting with the online times can be.

    • Silent Aaron

      It said 50% in the last paragraph.

      • Göran Isacson

        Ah, missed that one in my hurry to skim through the article, thanks. Seems like digital download has been a pretty good deal for Capcom in that case.

    • Online seems to have been very successful for them. I recall their previous report saying that Ducktales had outsold expectations. Plus, in the West, Ace Attorney Dual Destinies was digital-only, and sold to expectations.

      • Göran Isacson

        One wonders what they’ll do next with this sales data, how it will affect future business models and design decisions. If I was to divide myself into relentless optimistic and pesimistic halves I’d probably say that one side hopes for Capcom to rerelease older games for digital sales and perhaps take the chance to release sequels/new IPs they deem risky digitally to cut costs, while the other fears they’ll simply focus on creating big games like deep down and Resident Evil and then just increase the amount of DLC available online for those games, since they have hard data that people don’t fear digital any more.

        And no matter what, we’re probably going to see a lot more Capcom games available for PC and Steam directly on release date. Heck, have there been any games they’ve released lately worldwide that HAVEN’T been available on Steam?

  • I’m still waiting for RE6 Gold!!!

  • 100k in a few months? That’s not much by Western standards, but when you remember how poorly Japanese sales are for most games week-in and week-out, those are major numbers. They HAVE to see some real value there. Especially when these games have long-since ceased being advertised or marketed at all.

    Hopefully, not too many games were sold at heavy discounts during Steam Summer Sales or whatnot. “100k more units sold!” means infinitely less when they sold for a dollar or something.

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