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Capcom: Resident Evil 5

Capcom CFO Kazuhiko Abe has revealed that sales of Resident Evil 5 are at 4.97 million and swiftly rising, as the companies raises its continued estimates for the game on "very strong demand".

Talking at the Reuters Global Technology Summit in Tokyo, the Capcom CFO revealed that the firm sold 4.4 million units of RE5 just in its launch month of March 2009, according to a Reuters report.

He also revealed sales of the title of 570,000 units in April, bringing its total to 4.97 million, and making it almost certain that the title has topped 5 million units sold worldwide as of press time.

Capcom has just reported encouraging financials for the year ending March 2009, with revenues up 11% to ¥91.9 billion ($926.67 million), and net income up 3.3% to ¥8 billion ($80.77 million).

Resident Evil 5 and Street Fighter IV both launched in Capcom's fiscal Q4 following the crowded holiday season. Capcom described Resident Evil 5, at the time of the results, as a "mega hit," as the game's initial shipment was four million units.

The Resident Evil franchise overall has now sold 40 million units, and Abe also indicated that it's upping its estimates for Resident Evil 5 in the April 2009-March 2010 period from 800,000 to 1 million units worldwide, thanks to the strong April performance.


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