Capcom Needs 2 Million Copies Sold To Greenlight Sequels


While it’s certainly not surprising in this day and age, but it appears as though Darkstalkers won’t receive a sequel in the near future due to its disappointing sales. According to a translated Famitsu interview on Event Hubs with Capcom executive Yoshinori Ono, Capcom won’t greenlight sequels to their games unless they sell 2 million copies or more.

Ono, to wit:

"But at the end of the day, there are just some brick walls that a salaryman can never overcome *laughs*. For instance, if a game doesn’t sell over 2 million copies, then we’d have to put the brakes on any plans for a sequel. All that means is that we weren’t capable enough. And all we can do after that is to reflect on the experience, take what we can learn from it, and try to apply those lessons on some other title."

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As much as Capcom overall has not been as strong recently as it has been in the past (much with the shift to a mobile focus, and excluding the Street Fighter series), I reluctantly have to agree with the company based on the position they are in. With the constant threat of their majority rights being bought out by a third party ever looming, the Japanese gaming company needs to hedge their bets properly. Darkstalkers, admittedly, is not as much of a name brand IP as one might hope, especially with a diminished interest in the Darkstalkers Resurrection release on PSN and Xbox Live Arcade last year. And even using graphical upscaling instead of remastering the graphics to save money, it was not considered financially successful.

Capcom seems to be betting on the horses that win them money right now. Even if it means working on Resident Evil 7 instead of taking more risks, that’s the chance they have to take right now.

h/t Eurogamer

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