Resident Evil 6 has been a bit of a controversial title. The came out of the gate fast, helping Capcom achieve sales records, but reviewers and consumers alike gave the game mixed reviews, and sales declined sharply after the initial surge. The game is sitting at a respectable 4.8 million sold thus far, but it fell well short of Capcom’s expectations.
Capcom put a lot of time and money into the development of Resident Evil 6, and the company had high hopes for the zombie-shooting adventure. While its 4.8 million in sales would seem like a commercial success, the game failed to achieve the longterm momentum Capcom had hoped for.
The flagship title Resident Evil 6 (for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360), despite recording brisk sales when it debuted, subsequently lost its momentum, resulting in the failure to achieve planned sales and fulfill its role as a driver of sales expansion.
Over the course of the franchise, Resident Evil has seen its formula become progressively more action based, with fewer and fewer survival horror elements in recent titles. The broadened genre has come with increased sales but declining review scores. With Resident Evil 6, Capcom may have crossed the line that puts the game too far into the action genre, and many fans were disappointed as a result.
With the slightly more survival horror based Resident Evil Revelations coming to consoles in May, Capcom will be pondering the future of the franchise. Depending on the reception of Revelations, Capcom may look to return to the roots of the series, or even create a reboot.