Resident Evil 2 has not even been out for a full week and Capcom just announced in a press release that the remake has already shipped over 3 million units worldwide. These figures are staggering when compared to the original 1998 PlayStation title, which achieved lifetime sales of 4.96 million units.
Capcom also revealed that the Resident Evil 2 “1-Shot Demo” was downloaded by over 4.7 million players since it released earlier this month. Clearly, players liked what they experienced during the demo as it has already translated to successful sales figures.
The latest game from the survival-horror juggernauts comes just two years after the previous entry in the Resident Evil series, Resident Evil 7, released. The game was well-received critically, and many fans view the title as a return to form for the franchise, overall. The game sold well out of the gate, shipping over 2.5 million copies in its first week on the market. Since then, Resident Evil 7 has become Capcom’s fifth best-selling game of all-time, with sales over 5.7 million units worldwide.
Initial sales figures for Resident Evil 2 look promising, and it seems it may end up becoming one of the best entries in the storied franchise. (We think it’s pretty good!) Total sales for the Resident Evil series have now crossed over 88 million units worldwide in its lifetime, making it Capcom’s biggest franchise ever by a longshot. To put it in perspective, the Resident Evil franchise has more than doubled the lifetime sales of the immensely-popular Street Fighter series. The hype train doesn’t just stop with Resident Evil 2, however, as rumors are circulating that there’s a possible series in development headed to Netflix.
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