The Resident Evil series debuted in 1996 with Resident Evil, though it’s grown in size and scope over the years. The Resident Evil 3 (remake) is the most recent entry in the franchise, though that will soon be dethroned by Village which is projected to launch in 2021.
According to a Capcom press release, more than 80% of the 100 million units sold globally were in markets outside Japan. Capcom’s games are available in over 250 different countries and regions, and the Resident Evil series is the first to break 100 million units sold for the company.
The press release attributes this to the recent remakes of classic hits like Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3, as well as marketing strategies that have introduced similar legacy titles to modern audiences. Resident Evil 2 Remake sales, in particular, did exceptionally well, with the game shipping 3 million copies in its first week. Comparatively, Resident Evil 3 Remake shipped more than 2 million units within five days of its release. As per related data from Capcom, Resident Evil 5 remains the best-selling game in the series though it may soon be overtaken by Resident Evil 7.
Resident Evil is one of Capcom’s most well-known properties, though the company is also famous for the likes of Monster Hunter and Street Fighter. The PS5 reveal event only had news about an upcoming Resident Evil game, but it wouldn’t be all that surprising if the launch of the PS5 means more titles in Capcom’s other popular franchises are still to come. We have a full rundown of all the games revealed at the PS5 event, plus console specifications.
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