Resident Evil 6 Sales Certain to Fall Short of Target

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Resident Evil 6 Sales Certain to Fall Short of Target

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Capcom's earnings for the year ending March 31st 2013 aren't going to be as good as forecast.

After claiming that Resident Evil 6 sales had been successful "to some degree", Capcom has since realized that "some degree" isn't going to be enough to meet targets. Capcom, in its latest financial forecast, has revised its earnings downward; sales, operating income, ordinary and net income are all expected to be less than forecast.

Resident Evil 6, Capcom's latest entrant to its zombie apocalypse franchise, launched to great fanfare and initially had excellent sales. However reviews weren't exactly gushing, and soon sales targets were revised downward, from 7 million to 6 million units. This latest announcement indicates that even that lowball target isn't going to be met. Or, as Capcom bluntly puts it, "sales for this title are certain to fall short of the plan."

So what was the overall plan, I hear you ask? Have a look at the Capcom earnings chart seen here. That shows a 33.7% drop in forecasted net income for the year, putting net income - that's earnings once expenses have been taken out - at slightly below the previous year's 6,723 million ($80 million) final tally. Net sales are projected to be 11% less than forecast, which means that, where Capcom was expecting to see a significant sales bump over the previous financial year, instead actual sales are probably going to be broadly the same as before, with perhaps a modest increase over the 82,065 units moved in the 2012 financial year. Net income per share is also projected to be less in 2013 than it was in 2012.

All in all, not a stellar year for Capcom, as the title it described as "dramatic horror" falls short - though perhaps not dramatically short - of its sales targets.

Source: Eurogamer

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Hey, I am going to buy their game once the PS3 Anthology edition goes on sale. 90 bucks is still a bit steep for me.

So wait, a mediocre game didn't sell terribly well? I am in complete shock!

Someone decided to include the godawful Lost Planet 2 splitscreen instead of the awesome Resident Evil 5 screen. Whoever this was needs to be fired, or beaten with a stick. They lost my sale and god knows how many others'.

Good. Perhaps next time they won't make RE:Zombiepuncher and make something that resembles a fun game.

Capcom is retarded. They had a good thing going with Resident Evil 4. And they decided to change the working formula that everybody loved, in order to try to attract the casual military shooter crowd. They are doing something similar with the new DMC. Instead of sticking to what the hardcore fans want they are creating some kind of parallel universe that just so happens to look like it was inspired by fuckin' Twilight. They are constantly being criticized for their use of on-disc DLC and announcements of DLC before the game is out. It's actually costing them sales, and they insist on doing it over and over again. They don't know when to stick to familiar things and when to innovate. They are doing everything wrong. They keep repeating the same mistakes and when they actually do something right, they can't wait to ruin it. I've never seen a dumber company.

Should have done more tie-ins with Mountain Dew and Micheal Bay.

I'm sure a some of us are waiting for them to put out some sort of altered version and get it then. They do it with every game now, SSF Super Arcade Hyper, Resident Evil 5 Marshmallow Crusade Edition, Marvel Vs Capcom 3 Ultimate Frisbee Ediiton and Street Fighter X Tekken Fifty Extras Dollars of DLC featuring Gamebreaking Bugs and Horrible Balance.

That last one hurts the most because I worry it would weaken Namco's resolve to make the vastly superior Tekken X Street Fighter that still hasn't been made.

Nothing speaking louder than our wallets. Hopefully Capcom will listen this time and make 7 more like 4 or at least 5.

Less quick time events, no more punching, better item management, either make an un-convoluted plot or just turn up the bad writing and characters up to 11, get rid of the F***ing guns and cover system, design the campaign around single player where a 2nd guy can support, but uses your stash of ammo or something.

Do at least 3 of these, and I may not trade in Resi 7 with-in a week like a did with 6.

Adam Jensen:
Capcom is retarded. They had a good thing going with Resident Evil 4. And they decided to change the working formula that everybody loved, in order to try to attract the casual military shooter crowd. They are doing something similar with the new DMC. Instead of sticking to what the hardcore fans want they are creating some kind of parallel universe that just so happens to look like it was inspired by fuckin' Twilight. They are constantly being criticized for their use of on-disc DLC and announcements of DLC before the game is out. It's actually costing them sales, and they insist on doing it over and over again. They don't know when to stick to familiar things and when to innovate. They are doing everything wrong. They keep repeating the same mistakes and when they actually do something right, they can't wait to ruin it. I've never seen a dumber company.

It's starting to looking like Resi 4 was lightning in a bottle. That or capcom started thinking their shit smelt good and got stupid. They could have at least bought back that creepy salesman from 4! Those blue torch lights were like a beacon of hope and a chance to breathe.

also, after playing my friends copy of DMC 4, I'm not holding my breathe.

7 million units? There's you're problem, throw less at the graphics then aim lower. It just makes me feel for Visceral next year.

badmunky64:
Hopefully Capcom will listen this time and make 7 more like 4 or at least 5.

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no more punching

Hey man, what's wrong with the melee attacks?

badmunky64:

It's starting to looking like Resi 4 was lightning in a bottle. That or capcom started thinking their shit smelt good and got stupid.

Who remembers all those times that Resident Evil 4 was delayed and development restarted from square 1? The reason for that: Shinji Mikami. I think Shinji Mikami is the sole reason why RE4 was so great. And as soon as he stopped directing the series, well just look what happened.

also, after playing my friends copy of DMC 4, I'm not holding my breathe.

What do you mean?

I think one of the reasons Resident Evil 4 was so good (despite it just being amazingly fun to play) was that it was an interesting stand-alone story. I mean the main RE-story has by this point become so ridiculously convoluted and silly that none but the most hard-core fans even care. Its like the movie franchise and the game franchise is competing in making the story more and more silly by each installment. Compared to that Leons adventures in the spanish countryside felt really fresh and interesting, despite chibi-Napoleon.

Also, get rid of the bloody forced co-op!

Tohuvabohu:

Who remembers all those times that Resident Evil 4 was delayed and development restarted from square 1? The reason for that: Shinji Mikami. I think Shinji Mikami is the sole reason why RE4 was so great. And as soon as he stopped directing the series, well just look what happened.

Yeah, Shinji Mikami was brilliant. He did the exact same thing with RE2, scrapping the nearly complete version because he knew the game needed to be better than it was. The current Capcom would just release anything, no matter the quality, and stamp the Resident Evil brand name on it (*cough* Operation Raccoon City *cough*).

Capcom in general, like stated in a post above, is a terrible company solely for the reason that they have no bloody idea what they're doing. They create massively popular, beloved, critically acclaimed games like RE4... and then promptly toss all those good ideas out while clinging incessantly to ideas everyone and their dog hates (on-disc DLC, online passes, charging for basic features like friendly fire, colors, endings, difficulty modes...).

The Capcom of today is not the Capcom we used to know. Apart from their hilariously awful treatment of Mega Man, they've done a great deal to diminish the quality of their brands and selectively ignore the rich history they have.

This is a Capcom that has forgotten it has games like Breathe of Fire, Power Stone, Dino Crisis, Onimusha, Mega Man Legends, Viewtiful Joe, Killer 7, God Hand, Captain Commando, Strider, Maximo, Gargoyle's Quest, Demon's Crest, Ghosts N' Goblins, Dark Void, P.N. 03, Puzzle Fighter, Rival Schools, Final Fight, Chaos Legion, and Okami. This is a Capcom that has abandoned the very genre that Resident Evil popularized while announcing superior, non-compatible versions of their fighting games mere MONTHS after suckering people into buying the original (including expensive "collector's editions"). This is a Capcom that tried hard to keep games like Lost Planet and Dead Rising from happening, got tricked by the director into funding, and then realized they could milk those new franchises dry as well in a few short years.

Resident Evil was once one of my favorite game franchise. I played the Gamecube Remake for Halloween this year and, holy cow, it's SUCH an incredible game, with atmosphere, tension, pacing, puzzles, and exploration almost unrivaled in its genre. It's sad to see how far the franchise has fallen since then, and Capcom is solely to blame for trying to chase after the mindless success of Call of Duty and Gears of War at the expense of what Resident Evil did so very well.

and no fuck was and could be given by the pc crowd...

No Megaman Legends, no money for you, Capcom!

Yeah, I'm still not over it...

OT: Well, what did they expect? The game sucks; of course it's not gonna meet its goals. I shouldn't even have to list out what's wrong with the game and what they could have done better. I think we all know by now, including Capcom. Sheesh.

Resident Evil 6 has sold at least 3.6 million copies between the 360 and PS3 and is already the 58th best selling PS3 game and it's not good enough! these publishers have to start budgeting better or there all going to go bust.

Interstingly, I was just doing some reseach into Capcom stock last night, here is the 5-year snapshot:

High price: May '08 - 3,640 yen/share
Low Price: Nov '10 - 1,196 yen/share
Current Stock price (last evening) 1,484 yen/share

All the major Japanese publishers took hits from the '08 collapse and the Tsunami, but Sega, Konami, and Namco Bandai have all regained at least half of their stock value lost during the crisis. The only Japanese publisher I could find performing worse was SquareEnix, losing more than 3/4 of their stock value and recovering only pennies to date. As you can see, Capcom has recovered about 300 yen per share, whereas Konami has recovered more than 600 yen per share, despite having roughly equal stock prices before '08.

Siege_TF:
Someone decided to include the godawful Lost Planet 2 splitscreen instead of the awesome Resident Evil 5 screen. Whoever this was needs to be fired, or beaten with a stick. They lost my sale and god knows how many others'.

I think you make an excellent point with this.
On a side note

Here's my reaction to CAPCOM sucking it up on sales

rhizhim:
and no fuck was and could be given by the pc crowd...

Man, you guys just cannot resist this crap can you? Pathetic.

How is a game suppose to be scary when you have co-op? I'm sincerely trying to get my mind around this concept, that the publishers think Res 6 was going to do spectacular as a survival horror if you had a friend involved. Many complained about Res 5 lacking the fear factor because of Sheva being your partner, but Capcom continued anyway to have you get a partner.

Also the game loses it's immersion to me when the zombies on the floor plunge at you like flying fish. Seriously it's so silly I had to pause the game and look at my friend who busted out laughing. Zombies need to be realistic, I am fine with them running since that's scary but them plunging at me as if the floor was water and their bodies forward? Just silliness all in all sorry to say.

Salad Is Murder:

rhizhim:
and no fuck was and could be given by the pc crowd...

Man, you guys just cannot resist this crap can you? Pathetic.

You guys? I'm working under the assumption that a poster is one person not representative of some monolithic hivemind. I was going to say that I'm kinda peeved that there was supposed to be a PC version of 6 that isn't anywhere in sight, but I suppose I should clarify that that opinion is not as an ambassador of a subset of video game players.

DrunkOnEstus:

Salad Is Murder:

rhizhim:
and no fuck was and could be given by the pc crowd...

Man, you guys just cannot resist this crap can you? Pathetic.

You guys? I'm working under the assumption that a poster is one person not representative of some monolithic hivemind. I was going to say that I'm kinda peeved that there was supposed to be a PC version of 6 that isn't anywhere in sight, but I suppose I should clarify that that opinion is not as an ambassador of a subset of video game players.

Isn't it a more likely explanation that 'you guys' might refer to the subset of people who espouse this kind of opinion, rather than all of the PC Nation? Do you automatically assume that every time someone uses the pronoun 'they' the are referring specifically to every other single person in the world?

I mean, if you want to get mad about, that's fine and I won't try to take it from you, and I don't think I need to lump you into that category of people I was poking fun at earlier...I'm sensing there's a lot of other stuff I can make fun of you about.

On an unrelated note, I'd like to recommend Lulz Brand Skin Thickener ointments and topical creams to help ease the burn from your internet exposure.

Lulz Brand, when it absolutely doesn't matter.

Salad Is Murder:

rhizhim:
and no fuck was and could be given by the pc crowd...

Man, you guys just cannot resist this crap can you? Pathetic.

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sorry that it upsets you that i find it sad that i, a pc gamer has to wait another half year for a title i could had wasted my money on because the last one didnt sell enough with capcoms high expectations.

part of it was that the last one also shipped almost half a year later and no one cared to play this game anymore(well, except me)
another part was that the franchise has jumped the shark a long time ago with its story(no one thought the story could get any sillier, and they pulled it off)

but as others have pointed out, i am the sole emperor, the habringer of the glorious pc masterrace here to indoctrinate you.

there is no hope, nor any escape from me.

p.s.: i'd love to have the opportunuity to play and judge that game properly

rhizhim:
but as others have pointed out, i am the sole emperor, the habringer of the glorious pc masterrace here to indoctrinate you.

there is no hope, nor any escape from me.

Put your emerald flask down and pay attention, Estus. This is how it's done.

I wonder if the lack of exceptional sales is due to fans displeased with the direction the series has went? Maybe they checked out the game through other ways and wondered why the fuck wasn't Leon's game basically the whole damn thing? Maybe that was the case, those loyal fans would have made it the best selling RE to date.

Maybe.

Caramel Frappe:
How is a game suppose to be scary when you have co-op? I'm sincerely trying to get my mind around this concept, that the publishers think Res 6 was going to do spectacular as a survival horror if you had a friend involved. Many complained about Res 5 lacking the fear factor because of Sheva being your partner, but Capcom continued anyway to have you get a partner.

This makes me wonder what kind of horror game could pull off making Co-Op scary. I demand such a game to be made xD. Seriously though, this could take the genre into a whole new direction. Maybe I'm just making silly predictions but I think something could come out of it.

Piorn:
Should have done more tie-ins with Mountain Dew and Micheal Bay.

Whats the matter with you.. do you want us to send a Janitor out to get you and clean up the mess you just made?

You were told to keep this ancient knowledge to yourself ...

Capcom had a good thing going already! Revelations manage to keep the atmosphere and intensity from earlier titles whilst giving the player more room to maneuver with the smooth controls. It was exactly what Resident Evil fans have been asking for.

Nouw:

Caramel Frappe:
How is a game suppose to be scary when you have co-op? I'm sincerely trying to get my mind around this concept, that the publishers think Res 6 was going to do spectacular as a survival horror if you had a friend involved. Many complained about Res 5 lacking the fear factor because of Sheva being your partner, but Capcom continued anyway to have you get a partner.

This makes me wonder what kind of horror game could pull off making Co-Op scary. I demand such a game to be made xD. Seriously though, this could take the genre into a whole new direction. Maybe I'm just making silly predictions but I think something could come out of it.

Although not actually implemented or even ever hinted at... Resident Evil: Revelations could have made co-op scary. To start with, Revelations had a great setting and a fantastic atmosphere (most of the time), which is already shifting points in favour of the horror tone. Where they missed a chance was that every character in the main story had a partner, but they weren't always together. Have to venture out separately to accomplish your own goals, whilst still occasionally getting together with your partner for boss battles and endurance sessions could actually work without removing the atmosphere of being alone. Of course, communication would be critical...

Of course sales are lagging, the game was very disappointing and took out the survival horror aspect (what the series was famous for) for more action.

I just hope Capcom decide to learn from their mistakes or RE is going to lose a lot of fans (more than it already has)

I am torn between snickering because I hate Capcom anymore, and feeling a bit sorry for them because I actually LIKE Resident Evil 6 and I don't really care who knows it. I feel a bit bad for the Resident Evil team as well, because Resident Evil: Revelations was actually a pretty good game that had a lot of the survival horror qualities people feel RE6 lacks.

Regardless, the sales kind of prove that this game isn't the huge bomb everyone on the internet makes it out to be - it's just a mediocre game that fell short of it's target. Unusual for Resident Evil maybe, but pretty common place for others.

I am torn between snickering because I hate Capcom anymore, and feeling a bit sorry for them because I actually LIKE Resident Evil 6 and I don't really care who knows it. I feel a bit bad for the Resident Evil team as well, because Resident Evil: Revelations was actually a pretty good game that had a lot of the survival horror qualities people feel RE6 lacks.

Regardless, the sales kind of prove that this game isn't the huge bomb everyone on the internet makes it out to be - it's just a mediocre game that fell short of it's target. Unusual for Resident Evil maybe, but pretty common place for others.

Caramel Frappe:
How is a game suppose to be scary when you have co-op? I'm sincerely trying to get my mind around this concept, that the publishers think Res 6 was going to do spectacular as a survival horror if you had a friend involved. Many complained about Res 5 lacking the fear factor because of Sheva being your partner, but Capcom continued anyway to have you get a partner.

Remember the original trailer for RE5, and how it was JUST Chris on his own and Sheva would only jump in occaisionally...and then people accused the game of racism and the devs got scared. I think that shows Capcoms old opinion on their games (post RE4, pre RE5), they have an idea, release it, but if they hear ANY criticism they will immedietly try and change it. Now they seem to just say, "screw it, we'll make it and sell it and if there are any problems we'll just release the game again and" yeah, we know where it's going. Capcom is basically Nintendo now which is a shame...but hey, I liked RE6.

I take my hat off to Capcom for at least trying to do something different. With most games being safe copies of the previous edition *cough*COD*cough* it is good to see a games company trying to reinvent their franchise. Unfortunately, Capcom just haven't managed to do it right.

Adam Jensen:
Capcom is retarded. They had a good thing going with Resident Evil 4. And they decided to change the working formula that everybody loved, in order to try to attract the casual military shooter crowd. They are doing something similar with the new DMC. Instead of sticking to what the hardcore fans want they are creating some kind of parallel universe that just so happens to look like it was inspired by fuckin' Twilight. They are constantly being criticized for their use of on-disc DLC and announcements of DLC before the game is out. It's actually costing them sales, and they insist on doing it over and over again. They don't know when to stick to familiar things and when to innovate. They are doing everything wrong. They keep repeating the same mistakes and when they actually do something right, they can't wait to ruin it. I've never seen a dumber company.

You forgot to mention the absolute retardedness that is Steel Batallion.

However, as awful as that..."game"...was - and I hesitate to say that because, really, it's a broken mess of piled code - I'd forgive you not mentioning it due to the fact it's a pile of broken retarded.

And it's Christmas. So, Merry Christmas!

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