Capcom Shares Fall After Resident 7 Ships Fewer Copies Than Past Games
Share value drops in the wake of lower shipment figures.
On January 27, Capcom announced that Resident Evil 7 shipped 2.5 million copies to retailers following the game's launch on January 24. The publisher said the horror game was off to a "solid start," but it appears not everyone is impressed with the game's commercial results so far.
As you can see in the image below from Bloomberg's Gearoid Reidy (via PCGamesN), Capcom's share value has fallen since the 2.5 million figure was announced. Shares of Capcom on the Tokyo Stock Exchange ended today, January 30, down by more than 3 percent.
Resident Evil 7 shipment numbers have put the chills up Capcom investors - shares continue to drop today pic.twitter.com/PIMHjBQx5W— Gearoid Reidy (@GearoidReidy) January 30, 2017
The downward trend might be the result of investors being spooked by the 2.5 million figure, specifically, how it compares to past games in the series. Resident Evil 5 shipped 4 million copies in its first week, with Resident Evil 6 shipping 4.5 million during its first week.
Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 are Capcom's best-selling games ever, with 7.1 million and 6.6 million sales respectively. These games of course have been on the market for a long time longer than Resident Evil 7, which is not even a week old.
Capcom forecasted Resident Evil 7 to sell 4 million copies before the end of its financial year, which ends March 31, 2017. Capcom has not announced a sales number for Resident Evil 7, only a shipment figure. We may know more soon, as Capcom reports earnings next on Wednesday, February 1.
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