Over the last year, we’ve seen single players games get those sweet 9 and 10 out of 10 review scores, like God of War, giving developers and publishers the hope of their upcoming games reaching that point. Capcom wants that to happen with Resident Evil 2, meaning they’ll settle with fewer sales if that means it gains the love of its audience.
Capcom Europe COO Stuart Turner talked recently with GamesIndustry.biz, revealing information about their flagship titles for the time being. Devil May Cry 5, Monster Hunter World and Resident Evil 2 were all discussed upon, with us getting insight on the latter’s future release.
According to Turner, Capcom isn’t as much worried about Resident Evil 2 release in terms of sales but want it to instead appeal to its audience and manage to get outstanding reviews. Here’s his statement:
“While we have shareholders to appease, it’s not just about commercial performance,” explains Turner. “There is an artistic element that always comes in where we know this is the right way. And while if we compare RE7 to RE6 the absolute numbers are not the same, in terms of the profitability… it’s completely fine. It ticked all of our boxes internally. It was really well received. And in some respects, getting some very good review scores counts as much for Capcom as a game that sells millions and millions and millions. We’d prefer a game that got a 9 and sold less, than got a 6 but sold more.”
Although the company was worried about whether or not Resident Evil 2 will manage to appeal to all players, regardless of their preferences and playstyle, they’re not worried about its Day One sales as well:
“We are less focused on Day One sales these days, too. We are looking much more at the long-term. And in that case RE7 is performing amazingly. Even now, after almost two years, it’s still the VR flagship title. That helps keep the game selling well.”
Resident Evil 2 releases on January 29, 2019, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Capcom will explore the possibility of releasing more remakes in the future, so this might not be the last of Resident Evil we see in the years to come.