Capcom has a history of doing, well, pretty darn alright with their hit ‘Resident Evil’ series. The longstanding horror franchise has become one of the greatest icons in horror-video game culture, and for good reason. ‘Resident Evil 7: Biohazard’ has been all that fans could talk about for the past year and the game released just last week to critical acclaim from fans and reviewers alike. In fact, reviewers are going so far as to say that ‘Resident Evil 7’ is a return to form that focuses on everything that fans fell in love with so long ago. These glowing reviews have translated directly to sales in a big way.
As of the writing of this content ‘Biohazard’ has seen over 2.5 million copies shipped to shelves in retail stores all over the world. This pushes the sale total of the entire ‘Resident Evil’ series up and over the 75 million unit mark. These huge sale numbers show just how long lasting the franchise has been and how important ‘Biohazard’ will be to the future of the company. ‘Resident Evil 5’ is the highest selling title in series history with 7.1 million sales. The question that Capcom has to ask themselves is this: Does ‘Biohazard’ have a chance to break past those numbers?
Right now the team at Capcom is playing conservative with their estimates. With 2.5 million sales already in the books, corporate is estimating that they’ll hit over 4 million copies by the time their financial year ends in late March. perhaps the reason for the game being so heavy hitting on the sales market is that it lined up with the final film in the franchise: ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’. While reviews of the film series have always been relatively luke warm, they’ve still managed to rack up ridiculous amounts of sales over the years. The latest entry, which features closure for the character of Alice, looks like it is going to do gangbusters at the global box office. Film star Mila Jovovich has been steadfast in saying that she is done with the series after the final film.
Fans who have gotten into the franchise recently are doing so at a great time. With ‘Biohazard’ dominating the sales charts and ‘The Final Chapter’ in theaters it is a good time to be a Z fan.