Capcom’s fan favorite Darkstalkers series made its big comeback last month with the Darkstalkers Resurrection compilation on PSN and XBLA, but sadly, it turns out this resurrection may be short-lived: in a post on the official Capcom Unity boards today, Capcom USA VP Christian Svensson revealed that Resurrection’s sales so far have been “disappointing.”
Darkstalkers Resurrection is currently listed as one of PSN’s Top 10 best-selling games, but Svensson says that the title’s sales so far aren’t good enough, saying “Sadly, it’s not as high on that list as it really needs to be to be successful… I’m disappointed in the opening sales response relative to any other fighting title we’ve put out on the same platforms given the frequency and urgency of requests we’ve had here over the last several years and the quality of the execution. It is the most fully featured and probably best project of this type we’ve done.”
This news comes just a week after Capcom announced that they were going to “slow down” with the HD re-releases of their classic titles. According to Svensson, there’s been a big drop-off in sales with each successive HD re-release that Capcom has published, and in his words, “the novelty of such projects is wearing off.”
Street Fighter IV producer Yoshinori Ono has stated repeatedly that he wants to make a brand new Darkstalkers sequel. Capcom’s Derek Neal stated last year that the company was using the release of Darkstalkers Resurrection to gauge consumer interest in the franchise; if the game is really selling as badly as Svensson says it is, then it’s likely that Ono won’t be allowed to create a real Darkstalkers sequel anytime soon. I hate to say it, but it’s starting to look like the ironically named “Resurrection” might be the end of the Darkstalkers franchise.