Despite some rather lukewarm reviews (our own included), Capcom’s recently released RPG Dragon’s Dogma did pretty well at retail, shipping over 1 million copies worldwide! Seeing opportunity in the strong sales, Capcom now plans to turn the game into an established franchise.
Dragon’s Dogma is the 55th title from Capcom to ship one million copies, making it quite the success. Capcom attributes some of the commercial achievement to the integration of the pawn system, which allows players to borrow character created NPCs from one another – though early access to the Resident Evil 6 demo probably had something to with it.
The sales are a combination of both Xbox 360 and PS3 numbers, though unfortunately for those interested, Capcom did not give specific numbers for each platform – it would have been interesting to see if timed Xbox exclusivity for the Resident Evil 6 demo affected sales numbers.That being said, the numbers are still in line with Capcom’s predictions that Dragon’s Dogma would sell 1.2 million copies. According to their press release, the game also set a sales record in Japan.
“‘Dragon’s Dogma’ set a new record in Japan for sales volume of an entirely new brand in its first week for releases during the past decade. Worldwide shipments have surpassed one million.”
Much like its other franchises, Capcom has big plans for Dragon’s Dogma. While they did not explicitly state a sequel is on the way, Capcom noted that the game was part of their “basic strategy of establishing game franchises through the creation of new brands.” If that doesn’t scream “sequel on the way” then we don’t know what does. The Japanese publisher also plans to strengthen their brands with more DLC, so we can probably expect more content on the way through digital distribution.
Now, we sit back and wait for Ultimate Dragon’s Dogma x Tekken Turbo Arcade GoTY Edition.
Dragon’s Dogma is available now for the PS3 and Xbox 360.
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