Capcom Reveals Resident Evil 2 Shipped 3 Million Units in the First Week

Everyone loves classics, and everyone loves zombies, and these figures speak for themselves.

January 29, 2019

There’s always going to be love and adoration for the filthy, grotesque undead, and that appears to be confirmed after Capcom announced today that the Resident Evil 2 Remake has shipped 3 million units worldwide in its first week of launch. Yet another stunning result after a successful demo launch earlier this month.

The sales from the Resident Evil 2 remake will join the total sales of all of the games in the series, bringing the total —as of yesterday— to 88 million units sold since the first Resident Evil launched in 1996.

It’s certainly an impressive figure for the remake of the 1998 horror. Back when it launched in 1998 it achieved total sales of 4,96 units and hit the top spot in the UK sales charts then, making it the fourth best-selling game in the Resident Evil franchise. 20 years on and it achieved the top spot again.


The remake utilized Capcom’s R&D facilities to build the game up fresh, making the 2019 version an actual remake rather than a remaster. This allowed Capcom to provide photo-realistic graphics using the RE Engine, and audio with Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 support and real-time sound image rendering utilizing binaural technology.

These figures also fare nicely when the game hit over 4.7 million downloads when Capcom launched the 1-Shot Demo. The last time we reported on the demo it had hit over 1 million players.

In a press release, Capcom detail that Resident Evil 7 Biohazard —which launched in January 2017— hit 6 million units as of December 31, 2018. They hope to achieve a similar result in long-term sales for Resident Evil 2. The launch of the title doesn’t mean it’s done as post-launch DLC has been confirmed with a DLC and original skin packs still to arrive. The Ghost Survivors DLC is set to start rolling out this February.

If you’re wanting to know what we thought about the title, you can read our review. You can also grab it on Amazon if you wish. If you already have the game you might want to see why our very own Jordan is in love with Mr. X or maybe read our guide on ensuring you stay alive.

Resident Evil 2 is available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

Ben Bayliss

Based in the UK and adores venturing through FPS horrors and taking photos in pretty much anything with a functioning photo mode. Also likes car games.

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