Today Capcom announced that the Resident Evil franchise sales have reached over 91 million copies sold around the world as of the 31st of March 2019. The milestone encompasses all Resident Evil titles, including the core series, and even spin-off titles such as The Umbrella Chronicles.
Delving into the details about the Resident Evil series, Capcom confirmed that Resident Evil 2 Remake, which launched earlier this year, has sold a total of 4.2 million units by itself. The game was extremely well received by fans and critics alike, spurring on excitement for a Resident Evil 3 remake in the future.
Earlier this week Capcom announced that a prequel to Resident Evil 7 is coming soon, though it’s unlikely most fans will get to play it. Resident Evil 7: Walkthrough the Fear, will only be available at The Plaza Capcom Ikebukuro VR-X booth in Tokyo Japan. The game is a VR co-op experience for 2-4 players, launching on the 26th of October 2019, which indicates that it could be part of a Resident Evil Halloween event.
In Resident Evil 7: Walkthrough the Fear, players will return to Louisiana, before the events of the main game. Players are trapped in the Baker’s basement, and need to work together in order to escape. How players will work together remains to be seen, but it’s sure to have something to do with solving puzzles between visits from Jack Baker, who will probably make life extremely uncomfortable for all players involved.
In addition to the milestone for the Resident Evil series, Capcom also announced that the Street Fighter series has sold over 42 million copies worldwide as of the 31st of March as well. The Street Fighter games have a core eSports audience, so it’s surprising that they haven’t sold even more, though they definitely don’t have the same widespread appeal as the Resident Evil series does.
Further franchise milestones were also mentioned by Capcom. The Monster Hunter franchise has reached 54 million units sold worldwide, and the MegaMan games have sold a total of 35 million copies around the world. It’s hardly surprising that the Monster Hunter franchise has sold so well given the success of Monster Hunter World, and its recent DLC, Iceborne.
Devil May Cry 5, which launched earlier this year, is said by Capcom to have sold 2.1 million copies so far. The game was what Capcom opted for over a sequel to the beloved DMC, which is a reboot of the Devil May Cry games using a completely new visual style.