Before Resident Evil 6 came out, Capcom hoped it would ship over 7 million copies of the game. The final figure is now in and the game only shipped 4.8 million copies instead. Capcom has now responded about this.
Here’s Capcom’s explanation:
“We are currently analyzing the causes, which involve our internal development operations and sales operations. We have not yet reached a clear conclusion. We believe that global sales of 5 million units are proof that this is a popular title. However, we believe that the new challenges we tackled at the development stage were unable to sufficiently appeal to users. In addition, we believe there was inadequate organizational collaboration across our entire company with regard to marketing, promotions, the creation of plans and other activities. We will have to examine these results from several perspectives. We will reexamine our internal operating frameworks in order to identify areas that need to be improved concerning development as well as sales and administrative operations.”
Long story short, Resident Evil 6 did not appeal to as many gamers as Capcom had hoped for. Many fans disliked the direction the series was heading towards and ignored the game entirely. Fans that did buy the game were very disappointed about it.
Capcom is hoping the console release of Resident Evil: Revelations will reinvigorate the franchise. If it’s successful, Capcom will base its direction for a more survival horror type game for Resident Evil 7.