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Sad, sad, sad news today dear gamers. Capcom isn't quite rejoicing but core gamers certainly don't have a reason to be happy, either. The results have been let loose regarding Capcom's numbers and the poorly-reviewed Operation Raccoon City and the disc-locked content ridden Street Fighter X Tekken have sold extremely well.
Now, usually gamers should be happy that a game sells well because it means we get more of the same. However, this is not a good thing.
EuroGamer points out that Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City basically culminated in nearly 2 million units sold throughout March. The game was universally panned by any reviewer worth his salt and bad-mouthed by any gamer who unfortunately dumped $60 into the game.
While that's bad news in itself, what's worse is that Street Fighter X Tekken, a game that really needed to hit the bricks to get the point across that gamers do not and should not tolerate completed content stripped from the main game and re-sold from behind a pay-wall, actually managed to move 1.4 million SKUs. The pseudo-victory associated with the Better Business Bureau rating was just that...a pseudo-victory. Unfortunately, not enough people were made aware (mostly casual gamers) and bought the game on impulse instead of doing any research whatsoever.
This news definitely can put a damper in the spirits of core gamers because even though core gamers help move the industry, there are also tons of casuals who latch onto the popularity of established franchises and dump money into them because it's the "cool thing to do". Unfortunately, these kind of gamers are beyond the reach of websites like this, Forbes or VentureBeat where being informed about a purchase should come first before making a purchase.
The only good news out of this is that Capcom's higher ups weren't pleased with the fact that year-over-year net sales were down 16% compared to last year, and operating income fell 13% down to ¥12.3 billion.
Street Fighter X Tekken is due out this week for PC via Steam. Capcom has removed the "on-disc" DLC from the PC version of Street Fighter X Tekken to ensure that hackers won't be able to access it until it becomes available for purchase later this year. And despite arriving two months after the release of the console version, Street Fighter X Tekken on PC will not have the pair-play feature nor will it be patched in. Thankfully, Namco's Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will have local and online pair-play in scramble and tag-team modes, along with 50 plus characters right out of the box when it launches this fall.
Remember to spread the word: when Capcom's disc-locked characters go on sale this fall with the release of Street Fighter X Tekken on the PS Vita, you and everyone you know must Hold The Wallet. Otherwise, instead of locking out 30% of the game's content we'll be paying $60 for 50% or worse yet, 75% of the game's content locked behind a pay-wall.