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Resident Evil 6 ships 4.5 million

Resident Evil 6 ships 4.5 million

Thu 04 Oct 2012 1:54pm GMT / 9:54am EDT / 6:54am PDT

Capcom confirms record initial shipment for latest zombie shooter

Resident Evil 6 is spreading like an Umbrella-engineered plague, as Capcom today announced the latest installment in its zombie-infested action series has shipped 4.5 million copies worldwide, a new record for the company.

Capcom has projected the game to sell 7 million copies, which would make it not only the best-selling Resident Evil yet, but the best-selling game in Capcom history. That title is currently held by Street Fighter II on the Super Nintendo (6.3 million sold), followed by Resident Evil 5 on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (5.8 million sold).

Resident Evil 6 launched on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this week to an uneven critical reception and technical stumbles. Some downloaded PS3 copies of the game were incompatible with a day-one patch, which rendered the title unplayable. Capcom proposed deleting and re-downloading the game as a workaround for the problem, though the game would still be incompatible with, the game's online stat-tracking component.


Steve Nicholls

66 29 0.4
People get duped into buying this mess of a game by the name.

Posted:A year ago


Rick Lopez
Illustrator, Graphic Designer

1,269 942 0.7
They sure do...

Posted:A year ago


Jamie Read
Junior 3D Artist

127 64 0.5
From what I have played so far, it's not as bad as people are making out (Of course it is all a matter of opinion). It definitely has its flaws, like too many quick-time events, slightly dodgy camera and a little too much action for me. But there are four different campaigns in here, all play differently and have different styles, so there is something for everyone. I think Capcom were aiming to deliver a more diverse title that would attract to a wider audience. Not a stellar Resident Evil game, but a pretty solid one. 79/100 from me.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Jamie Read on 5th October 2012 10:04am

Posted:A year ago


Dave Herod
Senior Programmer

525 768 1.5
"Shipped" 4.5 million isn't the same as selling them. For all we know they could be sat gathering dust on shop shelves. Sell-through is the interesting figure. Sell-in not so much.

Posted:A year ago


Josh Meier

40 15 0.4
That's nice. Now how many did they sell?

Posted:A year ago


Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

1,020 1,467 1.4
@ Dave and Josh They sold 4.5 million units... whether consumers have bought them or not, retailers have, which means Capcom has gotten paid for 4.5 million units, easily making money on the title, despite its mass of terrible problems.

Posted:A year ago

That's not true, Nicholas. Shipping is definitely not the same as selling.

We have no idea on the profitability of shipping 4,5 million units. Retailers might have insisted on Sale or Return. Capcom might have simply giving them the initial stock, making for a large investment of course, and only getting paid on units sold. Capcom might have even paid retailers to display their product, since reception hasn't been glowing. We don't know.

For example, a console title I worked on shipped 1 million units, only sold 200.000 units and was far from profitable. Resulting in the publisher having to buy large parts of the initial stock back as part of the agreements, and simply losing money on the whole ordeal. Losing more money then they would have if they hadn't shipped any in the first place..

'x units shipped' doesn't say anything about making money.

*Edits for readability. needs a 'Preview Comment' button! :)

Edited 4 times. Last edit by Laurens Bruins on 6th October 2012 7:50pm

Posted:A year ago


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