Capcom is continually dominating with their new big game releases. First was the smash-hit of 2018 with Monster Hunter: World. And now 2019 has seen the debut of their newest runaway success, Resident Evil 2 Remake. The latter game has already sold more than 4 million copies in it’s first month. For context, Monster Hunter: World has sold around 11 million units in the year since it’s initial release on Xbox One and PS4.
It’s easy to see why both Resident Evil 2 Remake was a success. and why Capcom has pledged to continue supporting the PC and promised to continue to deliver quality games well into the future. Capcom made the wise decision to offer both a new experience that appealed to new players and contain enough classic RE elements to appeal to diehard fans. The mixture of a revival of the survival horror genre, the stunningly good RE Engine, and a great marketing campaign really helped cement Resident Evil 2 Remake as solid seller. Capcom released free additional content titled The Ghost Survivors on February 15th, which helped drive sales as an expanded experience, which was pretty challenging, helped appeal to hardcore fans.
Speaking of RE Engine, I really have to harp on just how good this thing is. The hyper-realistic visuals and audio offered by the engine helped immerse players in the reimagined world, adding to the experience. This no doubt helped the game blow critics and regular gamers away. The game is currently rated as a “Must Play” over on Metacritic, so I’d call that high praise thanks in no small part to the choices made during development.
Just for those that don’t realize it, it looks like this remake alone is going to blow the original version out of the water in terms of sales. Originally released in 1998, Resident Evil 2 went on to achieve cumulative sales of 4.96 million units throughout it’s lifetime, making it the fourth best-selling game in the Resident Evil franchise. And with the impending release of the Resident Evil Origins Collection on Switch, Capcom is about to get an even better 2019.