DLC Sales Strong Says Capcom; Resident Evil 5 Pachislot Doing Well

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Resident Evil 6 and DmC Devil May Cry may not be performing to Capcom’s sales expectations, but downloadable content is continuing to do well and helping make up for those titles.


With regard to their digital business, Capcom cited a “big increase in sales from one year earlier because of new DLC associated with major titles and higher sales from primary software downloads” in their nine-month earnings report for April – December 2012.


This echoes the company’s first-quarter report from last year, where they reported that DLC sales were higher than projected. For the remainder of the fiscal year, Capcom say they will “continue to introduce additional content for Resident Evil 6 and other major titles”.


Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is continuing to sell as well. Worldwide shipments of Operation Raccoon City were at 2.2 million copies on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, as of December 31st, 2012.


Finally, another Resident Evil game helped contribute to profits as well—Resident Evil 5pachislot. Capcom say that the December launch sales of their Resident Evil 5 pachislot machine in Japan was a record for the company at 35,000 units sold.


Resident Evil 5 pachislot contributed “big increases in sales and earnings” to Capcom’s earnings, with the company pointing to the success of Resident Evil 5 having a synergistic effect on the pachislot game.


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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.