While it may seem obvious video game companies want their games to sell well, at least one Capcom executive believes the company’s focus should be on the quality of their releases.
In a recent interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Capcom Europe COO Stuart Turner explained why he believes critical reception is key, in relation to Resident Evil 7 compared to Resident Evil 6. While the former has drastically higher review scores on Metacritic, the latter has sold two million more units as of March 2018.
“While we have shareholders to appease, it’s not just about commercial performance,” he said. “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.