Prior to the launch of Resident Evil 7, Capcom shared a rather optimistic prediction that the latest entry in its long-running survival-horror franchise would go on to surpass 4 million units moved with day one sales, which has unfortunately led to an inaccurate forecast on the part of the video game publisher and developer. Interestingly enough, Resident Evil 7 has officially had the 3rd best launch week in series history, with the game having shipped out more than 2.5 million copies within its first week, but that’s still not enough to stop Capcom‘s stock from falling, with the company’s share value dipping ever since the title’s release.
As seen below in the image attached to the tweet from Gearoid Reidy, Bloomberg News’ Tokyo deputy bureau chief (via PCGamesN), Capcom’s stocks have fallen steadily ever since the 2.5 million figure was announced for Resident Evil 7‘s sales a few days ago. As it currently stands, shares of Capcom on the Tokyo Stock Exchange ended today, January 30, down by more than 3 percent, as shown by the Japan Exchange Group.
For those wondering why Capcom’s share value on the Tokyo Stock Exchange could be suffering after the publisher and developer stated that Resident Evil 7 was off to a “solid start,” it’s quite possible for the dip to be the result of investors being hesitant about the company not shipping more than 2.5 million copies of the game in its first week. This could lead to investors having potential fears related to RE7 not performing well from here on out due to previous entries having had much stronger debuts, like Resident Evil 5‘s shipment of 4 million units in its first week and RE6 moving 4.5 million copies in its launch week.
Both Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 are Capcom’s best-selling games ever, with 7.1 million and 6.6 million sales respectively, and it seems as if the company’s investors might not trust the seventh installment’s ability to meet or exceed these numbers in the long run. Obviously, both Resident Evil 5 and 6 have been available for much longer than RE7, which has caused them to accrue such decent sales figures, but when compared to the previous entries’ launch week performances, it would make sense for investors to be disconcerted by the latest game’s showing in the marketplace.
To be fair, Capcom’s stock falling doesn’t necessarily mean the company or the Resident Evil franchise is any permanent financial trouble, but it is interesting to note how the firm’s share value falling correlates with the release of RE7. Plus, with the game having received lots of positive reviews and having only been available for about a week, if given enough time, Resident Evil 7 could go on to not only become fans’ favorite entry yet, but also the franchise’s most successful installment.
Capcom‘s Resident Evil 7 is out now for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR, and Xbox One.