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Resident Evil 7, Dead Rising 4, Fall Below Capcom’s Fiscal Year Expectations

by | @JoseBelmonte | on April 27, 2017

Capcom had some mixed news to share about its finances today. In a presentation about their fiscal year results they admited how all their recent releases have underperformed compared to their expectations. And even though they described the performance of Resident Evil 7 and Monster Hunter XX as “overall solid,” they could not sugarcoat the poor results of Dead Rising 4 and Monster Hunter Stories, which sold well below their target.

Overall, the company was able to present some solid results, with net sales, operating income,  ordinary income and net income all increasing around a 15% year-over-year. The full results are available on Capcom’s official website.

Resident Evil 7 was the company’s best selling title during the year, even though it was only released in the last quarter, and it took advantage of the recent launch of VR devices by being compatible with PlayStation VR from day one. It sold 3.5 million copies worldwide, which is slightly below the company’s target of 4 million. While the game received great reviews and was a success in most territories, it had one of the worst debuts of the series in Japan. Thankfully, Capcom seems overall pleased with the reception of the title, and hopes that it will eventually meet their targets through long-term sales and the added compatibility with other VR devices.

The Resident Evil brand contributes to a big portion of these results, as the stable fanbase of the series made possible sales of 1 million for the re-release of Resident Evil 6 on PS4 and Xbox One, while the new editions of Resident Evil 5, Resident Evil HD Remastered and Resident Evil Zero HD Remastered contributed with 100.000 sales each in the last quarter. Other products related with the brand played a part in the overall performance, such as the movie adaptation Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which recently became the highest grossing film in the series thanks to its overperformance in China, or the theater play Resident Evil: Voice of Gaia.

Monster Hunter XX is another title that fell below expectations, but Capcom considered its overall performance as solid. In this case, the game was only released in Japan, where it has sold 1.7 million copies, which is a little below of the target of 2 million. The same can’t be said about spin off Monster Hunter Stories, which was a game directed to young audiences which failed to make an impression even with a show on Japanese TV.

Dead Rising 4 was by far the worst performer among the key releases of the year, failing to reach even 1 million sales in its release on Xbox One and PC, even though the company was hoping to reach 2 million sales. These numbers are most definitely related to the bad reception of the title among fans, who saw it as a pale comparison to the most glorious chapters of the series.

Check out the updated sales for Capcom’s recent releases below.

Capcom’s Million Sellers List:

New Entries

RESIDENT EVIL 7 biohazard – 3,500,000
Monster Hunter XX (Double Cross) – 1,700,000
Resident Evil 6 (Remastered) – 1,000,000

Previous Releases

Resident Evil 5 – 100,000 (7,200,000 LTD)
Resident Evil 6 – 100,000 (6,800,000 LTD)
Monster Hunter Freedom 3 – 100,000 (4,900,000 LTD)
Dead Rising 3 – 100,000 (2,300,000 LTD)
Resident Evil (HD Remastered) – 100,000 (1,900,000 LTD)
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen – 100,000 (1,700,000 LTD)
Street Fighter V – 100,000 (1,600,000 LTD)
Resident Evil 0: HD Remaster – 100,000 (1,400,000 LTD)
Ultra Street Fighter IV – 100,000 (1,100,000 LTD)

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