Now that some estimated sales figures are in, it appears that it’s likely Ninja Theory’s reboot of Devil May Cry has amassed around half a million sales in its first week of sale. The question remains, is this good enough for such a high profile game? DmC week one sales were expected to be low considering the month of release, but with little competition, this works both ways.
A look at the Japanese Media Create figures suggest some 110,000 units sold in the region on PS3 with negligible numbers on the failing Xbox consoles there. In the USA VG Chartz suggests combined totals from PS3 and Xbox at around 280,000 units. That leaves around 100,000 units in Europe which is extremely likely – possibly more.
To put things in perspective: Resident Evil 6 amassed 635,000 units in its first week in Japan alone and on the PS3 only. Capcom’s new entry Dragon’s Dogma sold around 400,000 units in its first week globally and to date has sold around 1.2 million units. This was heralded as a success for the new IP and spawned an expansion which is due for release in the coming months. As for Devil May Cry, the numbers are very much lower than previous games in the series but until we can look at the figures over the coming months it’s hard to say how well the game has done. DMC 4 has sold around 2.8 million units worldwide to date. Is it likely DmC will match or surpass this number? Only Time will tell. The big question remains though: what is the cut off figure for the game to break even or produce a profit? One million sales or more? Capcom has projected 2 million sales which is certainly an obtainable figure.