Capcom had originally targeted 7 million sales for Resident Evil 6, and based on its predecessor’s sales of 6 million, that seemed possible.
However, Resident Evil 6 will fail to reach that target due to the universal hammering of the title by critics worldwide. The game has received very poor scores which no doubt would have forced many people to ignore the title irrespective of the brand.
The game didn’t perform as expected in Japan, and the change of direction for the series seems to be something that has not gone down well with long-term fans of the franchise. Capcom has revised its earnings to 93,500 million yen from 105,000 million yen they had set earlier. It represents a drop of over 11%.
“Sales of the major new title Resident Evil 6 were initially strong, but subsequently weakened. As a result, sales for this title are certain to fall short of the plan.”
It is bewildering that they messed up, what was, a perfectly good formula which had a good mixture of horror, action and other components working together in harmony. Considering Resident Evil 5 manged to sell 6 million on a much lower install base, it seems to suggest that the change of direction and critical mauling, stunted the sales of the game.
They had also revealed earlier that they have delayed Monster Hunter 4 to FY 2013 for more polish. Now, this is also a major cause for an earnings revision.