In a current press launch Capcom revealed that the Resident Evil 4 remake has hit 5 million gross sales. This follows a galactic opening week where it hit 3 million gross sales in simply two days, a milestone that took the unique a full yr to fulfill.
Much more shocking is the truth that Resident Evil 4 hits this report a whole two months forward of schedule when in comparison with its most important collection sibling Resident Evil: Village. That game took shut to 6 months to hit the identical quantity, regardless that it was beating data because the fastest-selling Resident Evil game within the collection.
Capcom places this victory all the way down to a “extremely optimistic reception from prospects in addition to with the discharge of The Mercenaries”, which is a DLC mode from the primary game where you get to mow down hordes as a wider cast of characters.
Whereas it is but to be up to date on the time of writing, this milestone improves its rating on Capcom’s shiny listing of platinum titles, sandwiching it between Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak and Resident Evil 2 at quantity 14. Although with how shortly it is climbing I do not suppose it’s going to cease there for lengthy, contemplating the Resident Evil 2 Remake has a comfy spot at quantity 4.
The unique Resident Evil 4 has a nigh-holy place within the third-person shooter canon, inspiring video games like Useless House, Gears of Conflict, and even the Uncharted collection. In the meantime, whereas Resident Evil: Village was well-received on launch—together with by PC Gamer’s Andy Kelly—it simply would not have that type of legacy behind it.
This additionally indicators, maybe, a need for a extra traditional Resident Evil expertise. Each Village and its predecessor are first-person video games. They’ve each bought excellently, however the recognition of Capcom’s remakes reveals the endurance of over-the-shoulder nostalgia. In addition to—Ethan Winters is enjoyable, however Leon Kennedy is perhaps the prettiest man in horror gaming. That is in all probability not related to the gross sales figures, I simply suppose it is an essential footnote.
Capcom completed the press launch with a promise to proceed “leveraging its industry-leading game improvement capabilities with a view to create extremely entertaining gameplay experiences,” which is enterprise communicate for ‘we’ll preserve making killer survival horror video games’.