Millions of Resident Evil fans worldwide were surely looking forward to Resident Evil 4, a remake of the 2005 classic game by Capcom of the same name.
It’s a great thing then, that this turned out to be another great release by Capcom, following in the footsteps of the much-lauded Resident Evil 2 remake which the Japanese company put out back in 2019. Resident Evil 4 currently boasts a score of 93 on Metacritic, making it one of the best-reviewed games in the series to date.
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Resident Evil 4 has been doing quite well when it comes to sales too, having shifted 3 million copies in its first two days in the market alone. This means that Capcom’s remake has had the second-best launch in the history of the series to date, as was recently reported on videogameschronicle.com.
Surprisingly enough, the only other Resident Evil game to have sold more copies in a two-day span was Resident Evil 6 back in 2012. This might come as a shock to some taking into account it is one of the worst entries in the series to date, and there’s clearly a gulf in quality between this latest Resident Evil game and Capcom’s 2012 effort…
But at least the Resident Evil 4 remake is now ahead of the original Gamecube and PS2 versions of the game when it comes to total sales. The Gamecube original sold 1.6 million copies, while the PS2 version of the game sold 2 million copies in total. The original Resident Evil 4 sold more than 12 million copies across all platforms though (it also came out for the PS4 and PC, and other consoles), so it may take some time before the remake surpasses the original’s sales.
And it might also take a while for Resident Evil 4 to catch up to Monster Hunter: World, which enjoyed Capcom’s biggest launch back in 2018 with a whopping 6 million copies sold in two days.
But still, Resident Evil 4 did sell more copies in its first two days in the market than the previous entry in the series, Resident Evil Village, meaning interest in the survival horror series remains sky high. And Resident Evil 4 has kept going strong since its launch date on March 23, topping the UK sales chart for a second consecutive week as reported on gamesindustry.biz.
Gamer interest in Resident Evil means that more remakes might be in the pipeline now. Maybe Resident Evil 5 (the top-selling game in the series with almost 15 million copies sold to date) is next, but this also means that Capcom will continue supporting Resident Evil 4 with new updates and DLC.
Actually, the game will get The Mercenaries via free DLC this April. The goal of this mode is to kill as many enemies as players can within a time limit.
There’s also the game’s exciting VR version in the works, even if it’s only slated to support the PS5 and its PSVR 2 headset and no other platforms. Aside from PC, the Resident Evil 4 remake has also been released for Xbox Series X/S and the PS4.
More excitingly for some, though, will be that Capcom is apparently planning to release an updated version of the original’s “Separate Ways” content (titled “The Another Order” in the Japanese version). This add-on starts sexy video game character Ada Wong, and provides a different perspective on the events seen in Resident Evil 4.
Apparently, Capcom could be working an expanded and reworked version of the original Separate Ways PS2 content. This makes sense taking into account how much effort it put into the Resident Evil 4 remake, something which has led to the game’s stunning sales since its launch late last month, and could make it the best-selling entry in the series to date when all is said and done.