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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  • personally, there's plenty of blame to go around on both camps. personally i bought mass effect on the 360. but ONLY because i was TOLD that it wasn't coming out on the PC (my platform of choice). So when i heard that now it was out on the PC, i was pissed off, feeling that i was lied to just to sell a shitty console version of a great game. I didn't waste my time with the PC version after that since i already went through the story, there's no fun for me if i already know what's going to happen.

    But I guarantee you I'm not going to waste my time/money buying the console versions of the remaining 2 editions of that game.

    DMC ins't my type of game, so i wouldn't have bothered with it on any platform.

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    • Two things.

      1. If you're surprised by these types of announcements, you must not have been gaming for too long. We've all become accustomed to "exclusive" titles going to different platforms for going on 10 years now.

      2. "i was pissed off, feeling that i was lied to just to sell a shitty console version of a great game" So the fact that you played it on a console made the game shitty? If you thought it was a great game, it was apparently a great game regardess of platform. I played Half Life 2 and episode 1 and 2 on a PC (along with TF2) and Portal on a console. I'm pretty sure the fact that they were awesome games had nothing to do with the fact of the platform that they were on, and everything to do with the fact that they were awesome games.