…. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City kicked ass and took names with 1.7 million copies sold, 25th best ever for Capcom.
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City sales are in, and it sold more than Street Fighter X Tekken. Selling a higher amount than the anticipated fighter is quite the feat for the Resident Evil series as a whole and this third-person shooter spinoff by Slant Six Games in particular.
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City was slammed by critics and the game received largely negative review scores across the board due to a myriad of reasons. Claiming poor design, bad AI, glitches and boring environments among others. IGN called Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City “little more than a poor-man’s SOCOM and a destitute man’s Resident Evil”, and some reviewers went as far as to say that the game has badly hurt the Resident Evil brandname as a whole… Although that’s some kind of stretch considering that Operation Raccoon City is a spinoff and not part of the core Resident Evil series.
Despite all this, sales of the game were extremely promising, as Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City was released on March 20th and has sold 1.4 million copies as of March 31st, on only two platforms (Xbox 360 and PS3).
…The awesome box art for Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City featuring the badass evil Bioweapon from Resident Evil 2!
This makes Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Capcom’s 25th best-selling title of all time! So despite the critics (the game has a 52 out of 100 Metacritic score) and the bad reviews, the game seems to be popular and has seen solid sales that make a sequel likely, and may redeem the Western-developed game in the eyes of its Japanese publisher despite the harsh reviews. And let’s face it, if they make another one, they’ll likely fix all of the problems that hurt the debut entry.
Here’s the Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City launch trailer.
Although hopefully Slant Six will work to patch up a lot of these issues in the near future, given that it is an important online third-person shooter for Capcom.
Sales of Capcom’s other AAA, big-name title of mid-2012, Street Fighter X Tekken, were lower than Capcom had hoped, but still not too shabby. The highly anticipated Street Fighter X Tekken crossover Fighting game sold 1.4 million copies since it’s release on Xbox 360 and PS3 on March 6th, 2012. I wonder if releasing both heavy hitters in the same month hurt sales some?
….Here’s the awesome boxart for Street Fighter X Tekken, featuring Ryu & Chun-Li of Street Fighter vs Nina and Kazuya of Tekken!
Unlike Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Street Fighter X Tekken was universally praised by critics and has a 84 out of 100 Metacritic score. However Capcom had banked on the game selling 2 million units, so in some ways it is a disappointment. Of course, the game garnered lots of negative press when it was discovered that the game disc contained content that Capcom intended to charge players to access as “Downloadable Content”. And this controversy may have hurt sales of the game (although I find that unlikely).
Here’s the Street Fighter X Tekken launch trailer.
Speaking of Resident Evil: Raccoon City’s low review scores, the developer told GameSpot, “It’s challenging,” said studio producer Mike Kerr. “A lot of people put a lot of time and effort into the game and obviously we’d like to see the review scores be a little better than they are right now.”
Concept art for the iconic Licker enemy, reborn in Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City.
Capcom announced that net sales have dropped 16% year over year for the publisher, down to $1.02 billion (¥82.06 billion yen) with operating income (profit) dipping to $154.1 million (¥12.32 billion). Although they expect a much bigger year by the end of 2012 thanks to big-name titles like Resident Evil 6 and investments in “high growth potential content”.
My brother’s favorite Tekken character, Ogre, bringing the pain in Street Fighter x Tekken.
Resident Evil 6 will be released this October 2nd 2012. We’ll learn much more about what other games Capcom has in store this year and in the future at E3 2012, taking place from (June 5–7).