Back in April of this year, Capcom released their quarterly earnings results where we first began to hear of their troubles. Even one of their most predictable franchises, Monster Hunter, was struggling to meet sales projections. Almost a year after launch, Resident Evil 7 has finally met its original 3-4 month goal.
As pointed out by 'ggx2ac' of the Resetera forums, Capcom recently updated their sales figures where we see that Resident Evil 7 has finally managed to pass the 4 million unit sales goal expected by the publishing giant back in April.
Reportedly falling just short of those expectations early in the year, Resident Evil 7 sat at 3.5 million after a few months on sale. With the rush quickly dying off from there, it rose slightly to 3.7 million in the following quarter. As of the quarter ending in October, it climbed higher to 4.1 million, surpassing its original Q4 target. We suspect this was aided by the headlines made by the Not A Hero DLC delay and subsequent info drops - in which the game is expanded to feature a playable Chris Redfield prologue - while news of its last DLC, End of Zoe, landing on the same day likely helped, too.
With news of a Gold Edition releasing around the same time with all the DLC included, Capcom are now expecting to shift a further 2 million copies of the game through to the end of this financial year. With 600K already on the clock, they're banking a decent chunk of that will come from Gold Edition sales over the Holiday period.
As outlined in our review, we felt Resident Evil 7 was a fantastic return to form for the survival horror franchise; depsite it slowly slipping back into its more recent past toward the end. For those who enjoyed the action-heavy Resident Evil 5 and 6, the Not A Hero DLC - a free add-on - looks to satisfy that need; and will likely shape the direction of the series' future yet again.