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A Resident Evil Remake Is Now The Best-Selling Game In The Series

Quick! What did you think was the best-selling Resident Evil game in the franchise before you read the headline above? I assumed it was 2005’s Resident Evil 4, I mean, I’ve bought that game enough times at this point. But it actually was 2017’s Resident Evil 7—until just recently, when Resident Evil 2’s remake overtook it.

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Released in 2019, Resident Evil 2’s remake is a fantastic modern spin on the beloved survival horror game originally released in 1998. The remake not only looks great, but plays wonderfully, reminding me of Resident Evil 4 and even the (underappreciated) RE Revelations games. And it seems I’m not alone in how much I liked the RE2 remake.

As spotted by Gamespot, after posting its latest financial results on July 26, Capcom updated its Platinum Games list. This is a list of Capcom-published games that have sold over 1 million units, and as the list reveals, Resident Evil 2’s 2019 remake has now become the best-selling game in the horror franchise.

As of July 2023, Resident Evil 2 remake has sold 12.60 million copies, just beating out Resident Evil 7 which currently sits at 12.40 million units. According to Capcom’s latest financial results, the Resident Evil franchise as a whole has now sold over 146 million units worldwide.

Top five best-selling Resident Evil games

If you’re wondering how other Resident Evil games compare, here’s the top five based on Capcom’s list.

Resident Evil 2 – 12.60 millionResident Evil 7 – 12.40 millionResident Evil 5 – 8.80 millionResident Evil 6 – 8.80 millionResident Evil Village – 8.30 million

Meanwhile, the most recently released Resident Evil game, the RE4 remake, has already sold an impressive 4.9 million copies since it launched earlier this year. It has a way to go before it overtakes any of the top-selling games in the franchise, but I won’t be too shocked to see it eventually overtake Village and 6 in the coming years.

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