Capcom predicts that not only will Resident Evil 7 ship around 4 million copies during the company’s current financial year, but the upcoming horror sequel can become a “foundation title” and enjoy healthy sales figures over the next two-to-three years.
Word comes by way of the publisher’s earnings Q&A — as relayed by GameSpot — where Capcom outlined its forecast for Resident Evil 7. Launching close to the release of live-action movie Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the company notes that increased brand awareness can help spur sales figures.
“We are expecting 4 million unit sales worldwide in this fiscal year. Also, we expect to recognize sales of the game as a catalog title in the next fiscal year; however, revenue for catalog titles tends to grow in relation with the timing of movie releases and new titles in a series.
“What is more, the sales lifecycles for titles has grown due to digital distribution, so we expect this game to become a foundation title, producing revenue not limited to the next two fiscal years but into the long term as well.”
Though it may come bearing the name The Final Chapter, Capcom isn’t ruling out additional live-action movies (and TV shows?) in the future: “However, as with the feature-length Resident Evil CG films, we will continue a multifaceted expansion in this area beyond the live-action format.”
Resident Evil 7 launches on January 24, 2017, at which point Capcom’s old-school horror sequel will be fully playable via PlayStation VR.