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News Analysis Sales-Age Resident Evil Series Exceeds 100 Million Units Sold Worldwide

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Capcom Co., Ltd. (Capcom) today announced that cumulative shipments of the Resident Evil series have exceeded 100 million units worldwide.

In 1996 Capcom established the survival horror game genre with the series' debut title, Resident Evil, which featured gameplay in which players utilize a variety of weapons and other items to escape terrifying situations. Through the years Capcom has leveraged its Single Content Multiple Usage strategy to take the series beyond games, expanding the brand into Hollywood film adaptations and theme park attraction collaborations. The Resident Evil franchise has since grown into Capcom's flagship property, continuously supported by a passionate fan base from across the globe since the first title was released 24 years ago, with more than 80% of unit sales of the games coming from outside of Japan.

In recent years, Capcom has pursued a digital sales strategy, expanding its customer segments by extending the life of games with flexible pricing strategies in more than 250 different countries and regions. For the Resident Evil series in particular, becoming the first Capcom series to surpass the 100-million-units-sold milestone came as a result of a number of factors; in addition to maintaining a consistent release schedule for new titles, Capcom utilized cutting-edge technology to reimagine beloved hits, such as with Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3, while carrying out price promotions for back catalog titles timed in conjunction with new title launches. Going forward Capcom looks to further grow the franchise by leveraging its accumulated knowhow to launch games on next-generation platforms. This includes the recently announced latest core game in the series, Resident Evil Village, the sequel to the cumulative 7.5-million-unit selling Resident Evil 7 biohazard.

Capcom remains firmly committed to satisfying the expectations of all stakeholders by leveraging its industry-leading game development capabilities in order to create highly entertaining gameplay experiences.
 
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kuncol02

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For series of 31 games that's not that impressive. For comparison Witcher trillogy has 50mln units sold, where first game was rather niche pc rpg.
 

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For series of 31 games that's not that impressive. For comparison Witcher trillogy has 50mln units sold, where first game was rather niche pc rpg.

True


Maybe its a celebration of a genre they helped create in the late 90’s, there was only like 3-4 survival horrors like Alone in the dark and Silent hill back then.
 

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For series of 31 games that's not that impressive. For comparison Witcher trillogy has 50mln units sold, where first game was rather niche pc rpg.

Yeah, I thought Resident Evil was way more popular, same with DMC, then you take a look at GTA V numbers and it blows your mind even more.
 

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For series of 31 games that's not that impressive. For comparison Witcher trillogy has 50mln units sold, where first game was rather niche pc rpg.

Yeah, and Minecraft is one game that's sold over 175m. That doesn't make other feats less impressive, it's about different audiences.

Resident Evil has only seen a recently resurgence in popularity and quality. The majority of RE games are bad and not many people played them.
 
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For series of 31 games that's not that impressive. For comparison Witcher trillogy has 50mln units sold, where first game was rather niche pc rpg.
Yeah, I thought Resident Evil was way more popular, same with DMC, then you take a look at GTA V numbers and it blows your mind even more.
True but in fairness most RE games are horror which is a fairly niche genre. How often do horror games sell 3M+ units?
 

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True but in fairness most RE games are horror which is a fairly niche genre. How often do horror games sell 3M+ units?
From one side it's niche genre, but every one knows Resident Evil. RE1-3 was one of biggest series on PSX, RE4 is probably best not nintendo game on GC.
Looks like it's really niche genre. List of best selling horror games in US is basically almost all RE series.