The Resident Evil franchise has deteriorated over time at the hands of Capcom. For an iconic brand name in the horror genre, recent installments have hardly been stellar. However, the release of Resident Evil 7 marks a fresh beginning for the series.
Released last week to great reviews, Resident Evil 7 is being warmly received by fans. Earlier this week, Capcom confirmed that 2.5 million copies were shipped to retailers following the game’s release on January 24. In the publisher’s own words, Resident Evil 7 is off to a “solid start”.
However, investors are not too impressed with the figures. At the market’s closure on January 30, Capcom’s share value dropped by more than three percent. The lack of faith in the game may possibly be because it is registering lower sales than its predecessors.
Regardless of critics, Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 shipped 4 and 4.5 million copies during the launch week respectively. Hence, the 2.5 million figure has investors spooked. Both Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 are Capcom’s best-selling games to-date, with over 7.1 and 6.6 million in sales respectively. However, those figures do not relate to Resident Evil 7 since it has only been on the market for a week.
According to Capcom, the new installment in the series should sell 4 million copies by the end of the company’s financial year, March 31. It should be noted that these are the copies shipped to retailers and not consumers. The publisher is yet to mention how many copies it expects consumers to buy by the end of its financial year.
Capcom is scheduled to report its earnings next week, February 1. More information is expected to arrive then. We might even get proper sales figures.