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Resident Evil 6 ships 4.5 million worldwide

Resident Evil 6 has shipped more than 4.5 million copies in the first week of its release despite conflicted critics. The publisher announced the figures today, saying widespread consumer enthusiasm will propel Resident Evil 6 to becoming its best-selling game ever.

Resident Evil 5 shipped 4.4 million units in its release month of March 2009 according to Kotaku, and Resident Evil 6 already surpassed that number despite releasing just today in Japan and Tuesday elsewhere. Capcom projects the game will sell more than 7 million copies internationally, sonic booming by its previous leader Street Fighter II for SNES, which GamesIndustry International says sold 6.2 million to world warriors after its 1992 release.

Capcom said the RE franchise has all together sold more than 50 million units since it began in 1996, as well as inspiring a major motion picture series. GamesRadar's Hollander Cooper gave Resident Evil 6 a mostly positive review, although overall critical reception to the game has been relatively mixed for a major release (the Metacritic user average, on the other hand, is flat out rancorous at 0.5).

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  • AuthorityFigure - October 5, 2012 1:40 a.m.

    Imagine how many it would have shipped if it was actually worth playing.
  • ollyn - October 4, 2012 12:17 p.m.

    It was always going to ship big off the back of RE5 success, which in turn was off the back of RE4. However if word of mouth spreads and reviews get traction it may fail to sell which won't do Capcoms reputation with retailers any good as they try to clear the back log. 4.5 Million units is a hell of a lot of games and given the mediocre reception it's hard to see it selling that well on brand alone.
  • gilgamesh310 - October 4, 2012 12:05 p.m.

    I'm really surprised at this. It's a very mediocre game and has a user metacritic average of 0.5 and is still the best selling game in the series. This will probably only spur Capcom on to make more shitty games in the series and run it into the ground.
  • bass88 - October 4, 2012 4:02 p.m.

    I don't think Capcom will be able to ignore the reviews and fan feedback on this one. They should consider themselves lucky it has sold this much and concentrate on going back to basics if they want the franchise to survive. And I say this despite being only a fan of Resident Evil 4 (ok, Resident Evil 2 was a giggle as well).
  • Dman3981 - October 4, 2012 7:14 p.m.

    User metacritic scores are usually very childish though.
  • Imgema - October 4, 2012 12:03 p.m.

    Isn't it sad that the worst the franchise gets, the more it sells?

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