Why are sales lower than RE6?
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard has marked a very strong comeback for the franchise, shipping 3 million units as of February 10th. It’s still a ways off from hitting 4 million units by March end but Capcom is confident in the first person survival horror hitting that mark.
In a recent investor Q&A, the publisher noted that, “Compared to Resident Evil 6, [Resident Evil 7’s initial 3 million in shipments] may seem like a lower initial pace, however this can be attributed to the recent wider adoption of digital downloads and the transition from a sharp initial spike in sales for games to a continuous long tail.
“Further, we believe that achieving our fiscal year target of 4 million units for this title is wholly possible, as we expect sales to continue for a longer period, buoyed on highly positive post-launch reviews from both the media and consumers.”
As of now, the DLC will “stimulate continuous interest” and further motivate an increase of sales. Capcom also believes that DLC is important to helping Resident Evil 7 surpass Resident Evil 6 in terms of sales.