Capcom’s Resident Evil franchise has been one of the most affecting series in the gaming world and it seems that it will stay on that throne. Namely, the newest announcement from Capcom said that Resident Evil 2 remake was shipped in four million copies for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users.
After just one week of sales, the game shipped in three million copies and the whole series has sold in over 90 million copies since 1996 when it first came out. This makes Resident Evil franchise the best-sold IP of the video game publisher Capcom and quite a lucrative one with that respect.
“It’s official — Thanks to all of you, we’ve shipped 4 million units of RE2 worldwide!” said the Twitter post by Capcom two days ago.
Although four million copies may seem less than expected, this is quite an impressive outcome for a horror game, especially the one featuring zombies and a remake at that of a beloved title from 1998. For many players, Resident Evil 2 was the best title in the franchise and so the worldwide worry that making a remake will downgrade the game’s quality has been very clear from the start. However, if anything, Capcom improved the game by giving it a more refined look and upgrading a few things like the POV.
Players get to control Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield trapped in Raccoon City during a zombie outbreak who are trying to find a way out and survive along the way. The franchise also inspired series of movies by director, writer and producer Paul W.S. Anderson starring Milla Jovovich which is also up for a reboot with a completely different cast and crew, and apparently story. In whole honesty, Resident Evil franchise is also responsible for affirmation of the zombie horror genre started off by George Romero and his Night of the Living Dead series way back in 1968.
During the 1980s, zombies were mostly a motif in the horror comedies that depicted them as sluggish creatures out to eat your brain. Coincidentally, Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later and Anderson’s Resident Evil came out the same year, 2002, having a not so humoristic approach to this lore. And just a year later, Kirkman’s comic book series The Walking Dead was published by Image Comics which gave an additional boost as well. Finally, in 2010, this comic book was adapted in the critically acclaimed TV show which even attracted the audience that usually was disgusted by zombies. So, today, zombies are not so funny anymore but truly terrifying creatures serving a metaphor for various things and wrongs in the society just as Romero intended them to be.
As for Resident Evil 2 remake, the latest release regarding this game was Ghost Survivors DLC which is free and teaming up with PUBG Mobile for the Zombie: Survive till Dawn gameplay mode. And considering the praise the game has received since its release, we will see more DLC, announcements and maybe even get some news about the upcoming Resident Evil projects in plans or in development. We keep our fingers crossed for the latter.