Capcom’s Resident Evil 7: biohazard has gotten off to a slightly disappointing start in its native Japan (via NeoGAF), with sales of the survival horror game failing to match those of its predecessor.
While Biohazard 7: Resident Evil (as it’s known in Japan) debuted with just over 187,000 units—by no means terrible by today’s standards—the numbers are not as auspicious as those enjoyed by Resident Evil 6, which launched to a staggering 635,000 units. No doubt this isn’t what Capcom were hoping for, seeing as how Resi 7 was highly publicised as a return to form for the 20-year-old franchise.
Despite the critical mauling that Resident Evil 6 received back in 2012, the game nonetheless proved a commercial success, and currently stands as the second best-selling Resident Evil title of all time behind 2009’s Resident Evil 5. One might argue that Capcom successfully attracted much of the Call of Duty crowd with the series’ more action-oriented outings, although longtime fans and critics alike unanimously agreed that this isn’t the direction they wanted the series to adhere to.
With Resident Evil 7 however, Capcom has leveraged the franchise’s roots by returning to the survival horror vibe of the PSOne titles, placing greater emphasis on exploration, item management, and puzzle solving over mowing down legions of zombies with copious amounts of ammunition. The result? Critics loved it, including PSU as you’ll find out in our Resident Evil 7 review. It’s also worth mentioning that despite its disappointing sales in Japan thus far, the game has sold over 2.5 million copies in the U.S. and Europe to date.
Resident Evil 7’s first batch of DLC, Banned Footage Vol.1, is now available for PlayStation 4. Banned Footage Vol.2 is due out on February 14, with PC and Xbox One gamers receiving both packs on February 21. In addition, a free story chapter, Not a Hero, will be released at some point in spring 2017.