Capcom shares drop due to Resident Evil 7 shipping fewer copies than Resident Evil 5, RE6

Capcom announced that Resident Evil 7 has shipped 2.5 million copies as of January 27, but the company's share value dropped due to investors expecting better news (via GameSpot).

The Japanese publisher's share value had fallen by three percent by the time the Tokyo Stock Exchange closed today, January 30.

Image courtesy of Bloomberg's Gearoid Reidy, via Twitter.

Investors are going by the commercial success of 2009's Resident Evil 5 and 2012's Resident Evil 6. Those titles remain Capcom's biggest-selling titles ever, shipping four and 4.5 million in their respective first weeks. Since release, RE5 has sold 7.1 million units, while RE6 has sold 6.6 million.

Capcom said that Resident Evil 7's 2.5 million number represented a "solid start" as of a few days ago. Earlier in December Capcom EMA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) marketing director Antoine Molant said that the company would "love to sell four million on day one globally," and that "Looking at what we see in the preorders and trends these days, we're pretty confident we are going to get there."

RE7 fell short of Capcom's projected marker, but the company has until March 31, the end of its 2017 fiscal year, to move another 1.5 million copies. Capcom stands a good chance of reaching its goal. The game is receiving high praise from critics, and several pieces of DLC should keep interest in the game high.

"We're not sitting back and relaxing at all because we want to push that. The confidence is there," Molant added in his interview.

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