Although it has been fairly well received by critics, Ninja Theory and Capcom’s new take on the Devil May Cry series hasn’t been selling as well as past series entries. This is especially true when compared to the last proper numbered entry Devil May Cry 4, which released in 2008. Although the PS3 version of the game topped the Japanese sales charts in its week of release, the total combined sales of both versions of the game amount to less than half of the first week sales for Devil May Cry 4.
In its first week on Japanese store shelves, Devil May Cry 4 sold a combined 245,413 copies. Ninja Theory’s DmC has sold a combined total of only 116,429 in the same region and in a slightly greater amount of time. DmC has also undersold DMC4 in the UK. It topped the sales charts in that territory as well, although combined first week sales for the game are merely a third of DMC4‘s.
We could attribute these significantly lower sales to the decline of the overall video game market, but I think most people would be more comfortable attributing them to Capcom’s decision to forgo a proper Devil May Cry 5 in favor of Ninja Theory’s DmC. At this juncture Capcom may decide to develop DMC5 or maybe they’ll let Ninja Theory develop DmC2.
Honestly, since this is Capcom we’re talking about, I wouldn’t be surprised if they decided to let the series go by the wayside entirely, blaming fans and a lack of interest for the game’s lack of sales success.