Resident Evil 6 sales expected to 'fall short'

Capcom has sharply revised its earnings forecast for the fiscal year ending in March. Net sales are expected to be 11% less than previously expected, while operating income is expected to drop over 36 percent. The reason? "Sales of the major new title Resident Evil 6 were initially strong, but subsequently weakened," Capcom explained to investors.

"As a result, sales for this title are certain to fall short of the plan," the report continues. In addition to Resident Evil 6's lackluster performance, the delay of Monster Hunter 4 in Japan will also impact Capcom's overall outlook.

Resident Evil 6 launched strong, hitting the second place position in the October NPDs. Capcom shipped 4.5 million copies of the game, expecting mass market appeal with the latest sequel. However, disappointing reviews from critics and fans alike may have stunted the game's momentum.