In spite of Resident Evil VII‘s sales being less than expected, Capcom still has hopes that the game will reach 10 million sales.
In a recent statement during a post-earning Q&A, Capcom states that the life cycles for games is “growing longer”, thanks in part to digital sales. Given the amount of times Resident Evil 4, 5 and 6 have been re-released, with each title having “sold more than 7.5 to 10 million units cumulatively”, Capcom is betting that RE7 will reach “10 million cumulative lifetime unit sales”.
Now on one hand, it’s a smart business decision for Capcom to do this now. Obviously, they’ve had great success with re-releasing older Resident Evil series titles on newer generations of consoles, but also having some luck doing the same thing with some of their other franchises, like Street Fighter and Mega Man.
But as always, the question of whether it’ll still work as the years go on isn’t a sure thing. Plus, there are those gamers (myself included) that would love to have a new Devil May Cry or (less likely) Dino Crisis game in lieu of another re-release of a game that they’ve bought before.
But hey, what do I know?