According to Capcom, its latest horror game Resident Evil 7 has shipped 3 million copies worldwide. The newest installment in the RE franchise move 2.5 million copies on launch day. Despite the warm critical response, the game’s numbers aren’t looking too good.
Resident Evil 7 is the franchise-reviving entry that fans have been wanting for a long time. It brings back the horror element that has been largely absent since Resident Evil 3. The shift to first-person and a smaller setting contributed to an oppressive, claustrophobic atmosphere. However, the campy elements of the previous entries is still very present. Movie references and corny lines are behind every corner, just like the Terrifying Bakers.
The game received excellent reviews across the board, and most fans love it. However, the game isn’t doing very well sales-wise. We’ve written before how Resident Evil 7 shipped 2.5 million copies. Not only that, but RE 7 spent two weeks at No. 1 in UK charts. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be enough.
Resident Evil 5 moved 4 million copies in its first week, while RE 6 shipped 4.5 million. In comparison, Seven is doing fairly poorly. The situation is so bad, that Capcom’s share dropped a dramatic 3% on the day the game launched. According to Capcom’s predictions, Ressie 7 has to sell 4 million copies until the end of the fiscal year, or March 31st. They haven’t yet released a sales number, just the number of shipped copies. Even in their earnings briefing, there was no mention of sales.
Considering the current trend, it’s unlikely that the game will meet its 4-million quota on time. Part of the problem may be lack of consumer trust, considering that the last couple of Resident Evil titles were, well, pretty bad. Whatever the issue is, I hope that the game takes off eventually. That way, publishers might start making good triple-A survival horror games again. I guess we can only hope.