Resident Evil 7 expected to be a 'foundation' title for Capcom

Last earnings report shows the company expects big things for the game and the series.


The Resident Evil series has always gotten a lot of play for Capcom, as evidenced by the fact that the 7th installment in the series will be coming early next year. And while the company expects to sell about four million copies of Resident Evil 7 biohazard during this fiscal year (ending March 31), there appear to be longer term goals.

"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," Capcom said in a translated Q&A from the earnings call in Japan. "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."

Speaking of films, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is expected to be released in December in Japan and then on January 27 in the United States, which could give a boost to RE7 when it releases on January 24. However, after that, the live-action films with Milla Jovovich "have reached a break," the company said, but it plans to looks at possible CG films in the future, including Resident Evil: Vendetta, planned for some time next year.

On the VR front, Capcom said it is working on "full VR support" for RE7, although the title will be exclusive the PlayStation VR for the first year. Beyond that, "We will consider measures towards future revenue generation, including that of VR-only titles, following analysis of the market’s reception," the company said.

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