Despite a decent portion of favorable reviews ahead of its launch last year, it seems as if the release of the survival-horror slash beat-em-up title starring the protagonist Frank West, Dead Rising 4, has failed to meet its publisher and developer Capcom’s sales expectations. This news comes following the company’s recent earnings report in which it has proclaimed that the newest entry in the zombie series for Xbox One and PC “underperformed.”
As it happens, back in February, Capcom acknowledged the general fan base’s mixed reaction to Dead Rising 4‘s lack of some familiar elements, saying that the game’s “more approachable” nature did not hit the mark with everyone. With this being the case, the publisher and developer is likely attributing the zombie title’s exclusion of features like campaign co-op as one of the reasons for the title’s failure to hit its target of 2 million units in sales by the end of March.
Taking into account the fact that Dead Rising 4 released in December 2016, moving 2 million copies in sales over the course of three to four months seemed like a somewhat conservative target for Capcom to hit at the outset of the title’s availability. Nevertheless, since the company didn’t disclose the exact figure relating to how many units were actually purchased, it seems as if the zombie title’s sales were far below expectations.
Interestingly enough, Dead Rising 4 wasn’t the only recently released horror title of Capcom’s to fall short of the financial mark. As a matter of fact, the company confirmed during its earnings report that Resident Evil 7 was roughly 500,000 units short of its goal of hitting 4 million by March.
Bearing all of this in mind, it’s not all bad news for Capcom, as the company’s revenue rose by 13.2 percent, while its net income also saw an improvement, rising 14.6 percent when compared to the same period last year. Not to mention, Capcom is expecting even more revenue and profit for the current fiscal year over the last. With this being the case, perhaps the firm will have more resources available in the future to invest in a potential followup to Dead Rising 4 in order to avoid slumping sales with the next sequel.
Dead Rising 4 is available now for Xbox One and PC.