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Resident Evil Village has shipped 4 million copies faster than the previous 3 games
Resident Evil 7 and the RE2 and RE3 remakes took longer to reach the milestone
Capcom has announced that Resident Evil Village has shipped four million copies in its first 20 days.
The latest entry in the Resident Evil series has “shipped over 4 million units worldwide”, including both physical and digital versions, according to the company.
This means Village is selling faster than the previous three major Resident Evil game releases.
Its predecessor, Resident Evil 7, sold 3.5 million copies in nine weeks, though Capcom notes that it has shipped nine million units to date.
The remakes of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3, meanwhile, shipped four million in a month and 2.7 million in three months respectively.
The news does also mean, however, that Village failed to surpass Resident Evil 6’s launch, where 4.5 million copies were shipped on day one.
Village shipped over three million units in its first few days, matching the initial shipment of the Resident Evil 2 remake. However, whereas Village has now shipped four million copies in 20 days, it took the Resi 2 remake 33 days to reach the same milestone.
The strong start for Village comes despite underwhelming results in its native Japan, where the first-week physical sales were the series’ worst in nearly two decades.
However, the game recorded the second biggest physical launch week of 2021 in the UK at the time, behind only Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury.
It also enjoyed a strong debut on PC, comfortably smashing the series’ record for concurrent players on Steam.
Capcom has said it hopes Village will surpass Resident Evil 7’s sales to become the best-selling individual title in the series.
“Our main ambition for this year, although there’s so much going on at the same time, is to make sure Resident Evil: Village will be the best-performing Resident Evil title, both in terms of quality as well as business,” Capcom’s EMEA marketing director Antoine Molant told GI.biz in March.
VGC’s Resident Evil Village review calls Capcom’s horror adventure “a deliciously hammy hybrid of past glories, with some real series highs”.