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Resident Evil 7 Hits A New Sales Milestone And Is (Sort Of) Capcom's 2nd Best-Selling Game

Resident Evil 7 has overtaken the sales of Resident Evil 5, although there are some caveats and technicalities at play here.


Resident Evil 7 has become the best-selling individual Resident Evil release, selling 7.9 million copies across PS4, Xbox One, and PC. This also makes it the second best-selling game ever released by Capcom, behind Monster Hunter World (16.1 million units). There are, however, some caveats behind these numbers, and it's perhaps not really their second-best selling game.

The Capcom "Platinum Titles" list, which includes every game in their catalog to sell over 1 million copies, gives us a good look at the best-selling Capcom games, although how each individual game is "counted" seems to vary. For Resident Evil 7, we assume that the total figure includes sales of the "Gold" edition, which bundled together all the DLC, as it's not included elsewhere; other games in the series have divided their sales across multiple releases.

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This means that, technically, Resident Evil 4-6 have all sold better than 7 over their lifetimes, although their sales have spread across multiple releases and console generations. This could change if we get an updated version of Resident Evil 7 on future consoles.

The way Resident Evil titles track their figures makes it difficult to get a full and complete picture of how well they've sold--individual releases are tracked seperately, and Capcom only releases sales figures for games that have sold over a million copies. We can get a better idea of their sales by combining these numbers.

Here's a breakdown of Resident Evil 4-6, and how many copies each one has sold.

Resident Evil 4

  • GameCube: 1.6 million
  • PS2: 2.3 million
  • Wii: 2 million
  • PS4/Xbox One: 1.9 million
  • PC: 1.2 million
  • Xbox 360/PS3: 1.2 million
  • Switch: not listed

Total: (at least) 10.2 million

Resident Evil 5

  • PS3/Xbox 360: 7.7 million
  • Gold Edition, PS3/Xbox 360: 2.3 million
  • PS4/Xbox One: 1.8 million
  • PC/Switch: not listed

Total: (at least) 11.8 million

Resident Evil 6

  • PS3/Xbox 360: 7.6 million
  • PS4/Xbox One: 2.2 million
  • PC/Switch: not listed

Total: (at least) 9.8 million

The Resident Evil 2 remake continues to do very well, too, selling 7.2 million units--well above 4.96 million sales of the original PlayStation version (the PC, Nintendo 64, and GameCube versions evidently sold below 1 million copies). The Resident Evil 3 remake has sold 2.7 million to date, trailing the 3.5 million it sold on the original PlayStation.

The next game in the series, Resident Evil Village, is coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X next year.

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