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Resident Evil 6 sells 4.8 million in 2012

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Resident Evil 6 sold more than 4.8 million copies in 2012, Capcom revealed in its most recent financial statement. That isn't bad at all. But it's a few million short of the 7 million figure it predicted earlier in the year.

"[T]he flagship title "Resident Evil 6" (for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360), despite recording brisk sales when it debuted, subsequently lost its momentum, resulting in the failure to achieve planned sales and fulfill its role as a driver of sales expansion," Capcom's report read.

The series made survival horror into a thriving genre of its own when it debuted on PlayStation, but since then has strayed more into dramatic portrayals of over-the-top action. Resident Evil: Revelation's producer said last week that returning the series to its horror roots is important.

For now, Street Fighter II for SNES remains the company's best-selling title at 6.2 million.

The surprise success of Dragon's Dogma, which Capcom said sold more than a million copies, as well as growth across the Monster Hunter franchise helped keep Capcom in for a strong nine months ended on December 31, 2012. Capcom's digital division (as opposed to its arcade and casino machine divisions) sales grew by almost 40 percent compared to the same period of 2011, though its income ticked up only 0.2 percent.

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  • AceOfCrimson - March 10, 2013 4:56 p.m.

    Millions of people bought garbage.
  • codystovall - February 5, 2013 6:04 a.m.

    I love Resi 6, people saying the originals 1/2/3 were better must have have loved sh**ty controls or thought that made it scarier. And worse graphics And worse dialogue I think people really want a reboot or a new character to be "shocked" again at the madness, I however would prefer this world progress further.
  • Spartan_91 - February 5, 2013 6:12 a.m.

    Worse graphics? Hmm that might be because it was made in the 90s........ And 6 was crap, way too easy, and the monsters aren't even cool any more, I'll take dogs, giant spiders and Hunters over any of the C virus crap anyday
  • MetroidPrimeRib - February 4, 2013 1:57 p.m.

    The game was decent, I don't get why everybody shits on it but Resident Evil 5 (which was dogshit and played more like Final Fight, obvious quick cash-in on Resident Evil 4's success) gets praise
  • Redeater - February 4, 2013 2:09 p.m.

    Oh you mean the game where you punch boulders inside a live volcano? I hated that game but at least the core game mechanics worked.....unlike RE6.
  • obviouslyadouche - February 4, 2013 2:16 p.m.

    I could actually believe the punching boulders, I mean Chris's arms were bigger then both my legs.
  • thomas1980 - February 4, 2013 3:01 p.m.

    Yeah I think a big part of 6's problem was many people felt burned by 5. After 5 I nearly didn't even buy 6, I was that pissed off with it. Glad I did 6 is really quite good, maybe not a good resi game but it is a good 3rd person action game with tight controls and a relatively deep and complex combat system, in it's own right.
  • Redeater - February 4, 2013 12:05 p.m.

    That's about 4 million more than it had any right to sell.

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