Onimusha fans who want something new from the series need to temper their expectations. The sales of the remaster were lower than Capcom’s expectations.
Back in 2019, we reported on how Capcom plans to revive the Onimusha series and had expectations for the remaster to do well. Unfortunately, after the launch of the first game as a remaster, nothing further has been announced as of yet.
Looking at the Capcom Platinum Sellers list with games that have sold more than 1 million copies, there is no mention of the Onimusha Remaster. Capcom usually adds any game to the list which has sold more than 1 million copies. Despite more than a year and half of its release, there is no mention of Onimusha although the list was last updated at the end of June this year.
According to this list, the best selling game was Onimusha 2 with a total of 2.1 million sales on the PS2. It is followed by Onimusha: Warlords on PS2 which sold 2.02 million while Onimusha 3, arguably the best game in the series, sold just 1.52 million Since there is no mention of the last Onimusha game, Onimusha Dawn of Dreams, it can be assumed that the game failed to do well.
Due to the low sales of the remaster, which sold even worse than the recently released Okami Remaster with 1.4 million sales, it appears that Capcom might be cautious to approach any further entries in the series. The first remaster launched back in January 2019 and was released for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. While we have no idea of its sales because Capcom didn’t disclose any figures for it, SteamSpy has listed the owners as between 20K to 50K, which is quite low.
Dusk Golem, who is a well-known insider with a solid track record had stated that the sales of the remaster were below even the modest expectations of Capcom. He also mentions how the Onimusha: Warlords remaster had a decent budget given to it, which apparently contributed to the expectations set by Capcom. We do know it didn’t do that well on Steam, and even on PS4, the ratings overall are quite low even if the remaster is priced at $19.99.
Curiously, we managed to find a listing for Onimusha 3 on Steam that appears to correspond to the retail release of the PC port. it was last updated back in September as per SteamDB. While this doesn’t appear to suggest anything for the future of the series, the fact that the game is listed on Steam but with no way to purchase it suggests that Capcom could be looking into a way to bring this to PC since they bothered enough to update the assets for it on the Steam Store.