Capcom recently disclosed their quarterly results and Resident Evil continues to be their flagship series. However, the numbers regarding Resident Evil 3 could certainly be better.
A claim of 2.7 million units sold in the first 3 months is nothing to scoff at, if we’re being fair. That’s still a very good launch, and worthy of respect. That being said, it’s far from groundbreaking in comparison to some of its other titles.
For example, Resident Evil 2, only a year before 3, pulled 4 million units sold in its first 3 months. Resident Evil 5 sold 4.4 million units, and the much-maligned Resident Evil 6 managed to ride the hype all the way to 4.5 million units.
Even the most recent numbered entry to the series, Resident Evil 7, moved 3.5 million units within its first two months, despite releasing to a fanbase that feared getting burned again.
Resident Evil 3 sales, One off? Or a look at the francise’s future?
When all of that is considered, the admittedly fine 2.7 million units sale might not inspire confidence for some. However, it’s entirely possible that those numbers don’t reflect on the franchise, but rather on the lukewarm reception to the title as a whole.
However, with Capcom still reaching over 100-million sales from its Resident Evil titles, there’s still plenty of hope for those worried about the future of the franchise.
Regardless, we’ll see if Resident Evil still has the magic when Resident Evil Village releases.