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Capcom On Resident Evil 6 Reception: “Successful To Some Degree”


Capcom initially predicted they would move 7 million copies of Resident Evil 6 worldwide by March 31st, 2013, but recently revised the number downward to 6 million after a series of less-than-positive reviews from critics in the west.


At a Q&A, the company was asked what their future plans for the series were, in light of the negative reviews the game has been receiving.


Resident Evil 6 continues to generate repeat sales in Japan and overseas,” Capcom replied. “Furthermore, initial shipments set a new record for a Capcom title. So this game has been successful to some degree.”


They continued: “We therefore believe it is too early to reach a conclusion about how users view this game. We always listen carefully to the feedback from users and use this information when developing games.”


Capcom say that they are confident that Resident Evil 6 will reach its 6 million target, however. “We are confident because of the approaching overseas Christmas and New Year selling season, past sales of titles in this series, and for other reasons,” the company stated.


Naturally, Capcom aren’t about to say: “Yeah, we screwed up. Sorry.” (Especially while the game is still selling.) However, they do use the words “successful to some degree,” which indicates they are well aware of concerns around the series. Pointing out that they take user feedback into account during development is an encouraging sign, too.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.