Capcom have shipped 1 million copies of their fantasy RPG, Dragon’s Dogma, worldwide, the publisher announced this evening. Of those 1 million copies, the game has sold (in its opening week) 92,000 copies in the U.S. as of May 2012, and 437,248 copies in Japan as of June 17th, 2012. Not counting European sales—which are unknown—that’s around 529,248 copies sold across two territories.
Dragon’s Dogma is directed by Devil May Cry 4 director, Hideaki Itsuno, and produced by Hiroyuki Kobayashi, who has worked as producer on the Devil May Cry, Sengoku Basara and Resident Evil series. Kobayashi has described it as the most difficult project he’s worked on to date.
The cost aspect was quite a headache because this game is not only massive, but completely new,” Kobayashi said in an internally-conducted interview last year. “Getting people within the company to understand what we were aiming for was incredibly difficult. There were countless times I felt like giving up when I had trouble persuading others, but ultimately I got the consent of everyone at Capcom, including our American and European subsidiaries. This is probably the single most difficult title I have ever been in charge of.”
By the end of March 2013, Capcom hope to ship 1.5 million copies of Dragon’s Dogma worldwide. Beyond that, the goal is to turn the series into another staple franchise, alongside others like Resident Evil, Monster Hunter, and Sengoku Basara.