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Capcom On Why Resident Evil 6 Didn't Resonate With Gamers

Many long-time followers of the vaunted Resident Evil franchise weren't happy with how last year's RE6 came out.

And although the game ended up shipping over 5 million copies worldwide, Capcom remains sensitive to fan displeasure, and they're "currently analyzing the causes" as to why the title came up a little short.

In a recent Question & Answer session, the publisher tried to explain why RE6 didn't exactly meet gamer expectations. They say the issue involved their "internal development operations and sales operations," and they're still examining the issue:

"...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."

Capcom has been on record saying that RE6 "lost its momentum" after a solid launch that saw sales of 4.5 million in October. They expected to ship over 7 million copies worldwide but as you can see, they fell well shy of that anticipated number. There's a chance that the publisher might opt to reboot the franchise, which could be exactly what the fans want...provided Capcom understands that the fans want a survival/horror game.

This is starting to sound suspiciously like another Japanese company that apparently has no clue what its followers want...

Related Game(s): Resident Evil 6

Tags: resident evil 6, re6, resident evil 6 sales, re6 sales, capcom

2/8/2013 11:33:24 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (23 posts)

bigrailer19
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 11:51:00 AM
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RE6 was a good game, as was RE5. But it certainly didnt do much for the long time fans. If I was Capcom I would never use our biggest franchise as a guinea pig to try an tap into the CoD crowd, or at least make it more action oriented. RE is not that type of game, so create a new ip. They know RE will sell and thats why they do it. The thing they dont seem to realize is if they would return to the roots it would sell more, most likely.

My advice is create new titles if you want to experiement. Dont change a games identity, because then you've changed your consumer base.

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Lord carlos
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 12:10:07 PM
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I found the new moves like jump kick,sliding & rolling to be awesome but they made it two much like an action adventure game.
We had dramatic orchestra music mostly throughout the whole game instead of the low atmospheric music that would intensify when enemies would spawn,plus way two many cut scenes...like every time you went through a door...instead of at the start and end of a chapter ala re 4&5.Other things like the fact you could'nt swap ammo & herbs ect,lack of ingame invite & the new hud sucks but thats cosmetic.
RE 6 should of been about barry burton or hunk although leon scott kennedy is pretty cool.

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homura
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 12:11:07 PM
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Capcom, a lot of gamers are just waiting for the Gold Edition.

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Snaaaake
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 1:40:38 PM

*Raises hand*

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Geobaldi
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 1:48:24 PM

No, we're waiting for a real Resident Evil game, not these imitators that they've been giving us for the last several years.

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Lord carlos
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 2:14:17 PM

geo
RE4&5 were awesome

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Geobaldi
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 3:01:35 PM

Uh, no they weren't.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 6:32:40 PM

Uh yeah, RE4 was good. But RE5 was pretty bad and due to that I stopped caring and never picked up RE6.

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Lord carlos
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 7:32:27 PM

geo
RE4 is a classic
Take off those rose tinted glasses,the old games are classics also but the voice acting is terrible & the scares are'nt that scary like the second time you'd played them plus seasoned players can beat em in 1.5 hours, i know because i spent my teenage years doing just that.

legend
RE5 is pretty much RE4 with co op....start in the outskirts of a village,get attacked by an enemy,jump through a window,get attacked by a lfew enemies,mak your way to village,get attacked by everyone in town ect.
RE5 is best played with someone who knows what their doing

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homura
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 7:50:30 PM

What is a real scary Resident Evil? Where you walk in a mansion solving puzzle and shoot some zombies, run away from infected dogs, fight bosses who can't be defeated in the most obvious reasons of just shooting it a hundred times? Do it all over again in the same f*cking dark corridors or hallways? Shoot zombies the same zombies for a f*cking thousand times again and again in a f*cking dark corridors and hallways again? That's what you want? Me nope, I wan't the world to be zombie infected and makes me feel that there is no f*cking hope left, that even in a f*cking sunshine you can be attacked by zombies and the what's more scary than that is now the zombies are not just standing there waiting to be shot, they can fu**ing shoot back. And what is more heartbreaking is that they are still conscious, they are just infected by the control plaga or another type of T-Virus.

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ryu
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 1:08:23 PM
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cuz it's not a resident evil game capcom @$$holes, it's like buying a can of coke that tastes like 7up, why would you do that

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bigrailer19
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 1:38:43 PM

Thats right buy 7-up.

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Xombito
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 1:41:21 PM
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How'bout make it scary, more deliberate, DO NOT copy off the movie franchise and perhaps less grand in scope?

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booze925
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 1:41:25 PM
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You know what sounds awesome? A RE2 remake similar to the RE gamecube remake.

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Lord carlos
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 2:13:02 PM

The way re6 looked for someone that was playing with say ada and hooked you up with someone that was using leon/helena for a set piece was very well done....story intersection i think it was called!
This would be perfect for a RE2 remake with the leon,claire,ada and hell why not HUNK campaigns!!!

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Alejandro562
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 2:18:51 PM
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i thought leons campaign was a true re story , compared to the other titles,but chris strory and wesker not so much

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BTNwarrior
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 2:28:42 PM
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People don't really care for it anymore because we all love things that are realistic, and a boss not dying when you shoot him thousands of times dying from a single headshot bullet in a cutscene kinda pisses us off.

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Knightzane
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 3:22:48 PM
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Should have given it some lasting appeal. No weapon upgrades or even any collectibles. I played RE5 for so long because there was tons to do and collect. Throw in an update or free DLC adding customizable weapons, collectibles, and less ammo. Bam, RE5-2. Haha... now im sounding like a certain company that alienates its fans...

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Hand_of_Sorrow
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 4:54:38 PM
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i want the resident that made me sit on the edge of my seat,
not knowing what awaits me around the next corner or through
the door.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 5:12:27 PM
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lol, they are hard at work analyzing and trying to figure out what we all know in our hearts, it's not survival horror and that's the problem.

"ooh it was our marketing" It's okay it wasn't that dummies.

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Oxvial
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 6:38:14 PM
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Maybe if they focused on one campaign, of the demo only Leon felt decent to me, Jake and Chris was awful.

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___________
Saturday, February 09, 2013 @ 6:06:26 AM
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no, crapcom know plenty dam well what their fans want!
there just stuck in their little world where they believe their fans that want survival horror is smaller than the fans that want action.
well, how has that worked out for the past 2 games.
and you STILL believe it!?
crapcom, what do we have to do to convince you that you will sell more copies with a survival RE than a action one?
everyone go buy resident evil revelations, and hopefully then when crapcom sees it selling better than RE6, than maybe they will finally wake up and start seeing whats been smacking them in the face for years!

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DarthNemesis
Saturday, February 09, 2013 @ 9:32:09 AM
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RE5 is horrible and I only have it because of PS+. Never really cared for RE4 either.

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