Capcom Predicts that Resident Evil 5 Will Rake in 2.3 Million Globally for the Year after it releases in March '09
According to a post over on Kotaku, Capcom is predicting major sales for Resident Evil 5. How major? 2.3 million in global sales for the year. What?
Keep in mind, Resident Evil 4 was released in on the GameCube in 2005 and by January 2006 the Nintendo version along with the PS2 port had shipped over 3 million units worldwide. By January 2007, the PS2 sold over 2 million units, the GC version 1.6 million thus bringing the total to 3.6 million units worldwide – which is not too shabby.
Add to these numbers the Wii port which sold over 1, 250, 000 million copies (I cannot for the life of me find figures for the PC version) and you have a grand total of over 4.8 million units sold since the game debuted in 2005. Therefore, if the Wii version of RE4 can sell over 1.25 million units within approximately a year what makes them think that RE5 would only bring in 2.3 million?
The Resident Evil franchise has sold over 34 million copies worldwide and as highly anticipated as this outing is, especially since the great reception the last one received, Capcom should really be expecting much higher sales for RE5. Maybe they are just being humble or extremely conservative.