As of June 30, the latest instalment has sold some 2.7m units after nearly three months of sales, Capcom said on Monday.
It’s also lower than Resident Evil 6’s 4.8m launch and Resident Evil 5’s 5m (both in three months), however, these titles were released within the more mass-market action genre.
According to Capcom’s sales data, this year it’s sold almost double the number of back catalogue Resident Evil titles than copies of Resident Evil 3.
However, in its latest financial results, the publisher described RE3’s launch sales as “solid,” suggesting they could lie within its own expectations.
Resident Evil launch sales
- Resident Evil 5 – 5m (3 months)
- Resident Evil 6 – 4.8m (3 months)
- Resident Evil 2 – 4.2m (9 weeks)
- Resident Evil 7 – 3.5m (9 weeks)
- Resident Evil 3 – 2.7m (12 weeks)
Resident Evil 3’s launch decline could be partly credited to the coronavirus pandemic, which significantly disrupted supply chains around RE3’s April release.
In addition, the PlayStation original was a less popular game than its two predecessors and sold significantly less (including Director’s Cut versions).
Capcom announced on Monday that the Resident Evil series has now sold 103 million units to date.
According to development sources, Capcom is planning to remake Resident Evil 4 via Osaka-based M-Two, the new studio founded by former PlatinumGames head Tatsuya Minami, which has been preparing for its development since 2018.