Resident Evil 7 sales pale in comparison to previous games six months on


Capcom has announced that the Resident Evil 7 sales figures to date, revealing that the popular horror game has sold 3.7 million copies worldwide since its launch in January 2017.

While the figure is impressive and by no means disappointing, it’s notably down on previous entries in the series when you consider how much they sold in the same six-month time frame. For example, both Resident Evil 5 and 6 sold over five million copies each after six months on sale.

Resident Evil 7 also failed to hit Capcom’s internal expectations of shipping four million by March 2017. Considering they also forecast an additional two million this fiscal year and have only moved 200,000 units so far, it looks like Resi 7 is tracking considerably below expectations.

In the wider scale of things, the Resident Evil franchise has now sold over 78 million copies worldwide since its inception in March 1996. Resident Evil 5 currently stands as the biggest-selling game in the series (not to mention Capcom’s best-selling game of all time to date), with 7.2 million copies sold on PS3, PC, and Xbox 360 alone.

Resident Evil 7 is seen as something of a return to form for the venerable horror franchise, eschewing the more action-oriented antics of previous games in favor of more emphasis on puzzle solving and ammo conservation. Despite failing to meet sales expectations so far, the game was a critical darling. 

Capcom recently celebrated the series’ 20th anniversary by porting over many of the previous games over to current-generation consoles. In addition, the Japanese software giant is currently working on a full-blown remake of 1998’s seminal Resident Evil 2, though we’ve yet to see anything on that particular project since its August 2015 unveiling. 

Capcom is currently working on the next batch of Resident Evil 7 DLC, Not a Hero, which was recently delayed from its initial spring 2017 window.