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Darkstalkers Resurrection sales not enough to be called 'successful,' says Capcom US vice president

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Despite being one of the top-selling PlayStation Network games last month, sales of Darkstalkers Resurrection were not enough for the game to be considered successful, according to Capcom U.S. senior vice president Christian Svensson.

Responding to fan questions in a forum post on Capcom-Unity, Svensson said the fighting game compilation was not high enough on that most-played list, although it was the seventh-highest. Svensson wrote that Capcom is currently "working on promotions" and other plans to "improve the situation," although he considers Darkstalkers Resurrection to be the best executed of Capcom's fighting game digital re-releases.

"We've not given up," he wrote. "But 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.

"And before people jump to the wrong conclusions, I'm not blaming fans who did buy it and supported the brand," he added. "I'm very thankful for those guys (thank you, to all of you). I'm more disappointed by my misread of the information in this particular case."

Earlier this week Svensson posted on Capcom-Unity that the company would likely release less digital versions of its older fighting titles, or stop altogether. He noted that sales of each title have dropped off with each new release, and that the "novelty of such projects" is likely winding down.

Darkstalkers Resurrection — a compilation of fighting titles in the Darkstalkers series, Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge and Darkstalkers 3 — launched through PSN and Xbox Live Arcade in March. The title adds online play and several other new features to the games, including the ability to upload replay videos to YouTube and an in-depth tutorial mode.