Capcom Blames Piracy for Poor DMC4 PC Sales

By Aaron Linde, Aug 01, 2008 8:00pm PDT Capcom corporate officer Christian Svensson revealed that the PC edition of the company's demon-slaying action title Devil May Cry 4 (PC, PS3, 360) saw poor sales since it debuted early last month, owing in some part to rampant piracy of the game.

"It's not doing as well as I would like in the US at retail," Svensson wrote on Capcom's official blog. "It's such a good version and it really deserves better sales. I know it's getting pirated to hell and back (it was up on torrents literally the day it shipped)."

The executive added that he had pushed for more prolific digital distribution of Devil May Cry 4's PC incarnation, but was stonewalled by Capcom Japan. Despite the frustration, Svennson reiterated his commitment to bringing more Capcom titles to digital distribution outlets.

"For the record all CEI-developed titles will be distributed extremely widely via digital channels... I've spent the last year building up that channel," Svennson stated, noting that GRIN's downloadable side-scroller Bionic Commando Rearmed (PC, PS3, 360) would see "broad digital distribution for PC."

"I have a presentation I'm making shortly that I'm hoping will make that approach something we do with all of our PC content, even those developed in Japan, but no promises. It might not happen," he added.

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  • Two things come to mind here. 1. This game is likely to work better on a Console than on a PC. If for no other reason, because of the controller. 2. When a game is good people hear about it from friends and they buy it. Same scenario when a game isn't very good, and if they know you, even the guys at a Specialty shop (like GameStop) will tell you it's not very good. So the bottom line is that DMC4 really isn't that good! The peeps downloading it from bit-torrent sites just don't know it yet....

    Oh! One other point. The economy isn't doing so well lately. I don't know about others but I personally have less money to spend on games. The way this plays out is... I have to limit the number of games I buy and "Save" my coin for games I really want. Personally, IF I bought this game, it would be for the Xbox 360. Then again I tried the Demo and I'm not interested! Sorry Capcom!