In the wake of Capcom’s most recent quarterly financial reports, it’s been revealed that its Devil May Cry reboot hasn’t quite hit the company’s expectations after its first month on the market. By the end of January, DmC shipped a million units for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, according to Joystiq, prompting Capcom to downgrade its shipping estimates for the end of March from 2 million to 1.2 million. For comparison’s sake, the post reports that the previous entry in the series, Devil May Cry 4, shopped 2 million units in its first two weeks.
The figures don’t take PC sales into account, but regardless, it’s not a pretty picture. And DmC isn’t the only game that’s offered up disappointing shipping numbers. The post reports that Resident Evil 6’s 4.5 million shipped by late September has caused its March 31 estimates to be reduced from 7 million to 4.8 million.
The relatively disappointing sales of DmC—which has earned pretty universal love from critics and reviewers—starts to poke holes in the idea of rebooted game franchises in general. Should we have the same worry for Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix’s Tomb Raider reboot that’s just around the corner? Would Capcom have been better off just sticking a “5” after their game and continuing whatever crazy story they had going?