Resident Evil 6 has been on the receiving end of a thrashing from critics over here in the States, but it looks like the latest in Capcom’s survival horror franchise is doing quite well for itself overseas.
Recently published sales data from Media Create (via NeoGAF) puts Resident Evil 6‘s sales at around 676,000 for the first week. 634,933 of those sales came from the PlayStation 3 version and 41,652 for the Xbox 360 version.
Even if you ignore the lashing that Resident Evil 6 has been receiving, these figures are still surprising. Resident Evil 5, which received generally positive reviews, only managed to sell roughly 398,000 during its first week on sale on both platforms.
All things considered, worldwide numbers of Resident Evil 6 aren’t looking half bad either. Capcom recently revealed that 4.5 million copies have been shipped worldwide thus far. That’s shipped and not sold, granted, but it’s surprising nonetheless.
In a recent blog post on the PlayStation Blog, executive producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi talked about the challenges of meeting fan expectations of the series while also moving the series forward in the direction that they, as developers, want to take it.
“We want to make sure that what we do pleases [the fans] but the initial reaction might not always be positive. We do listen to the fans but we can’t be beholden to them at every turn or I don’t think we’ll ever make progress in terms of the series’ development.”
Have you played Resident Evil 6, or has all of the criticism steered you way from a purchase?