Resident Evil 2 Remake Overtakes RE5 as a Capcom Platinum Hit
Just under half a year later, and as predicted, Resident Evil 2 Remake has joined 2017’s Resident Evil 7: Biohazard in beating Resident Evil 5‘s top spot among the series’ highest-grossing titles. Resident Evil 5 sat as the highest-selling single-release (as in not counting ports or re-releases) Capcom platinum hit for over a decade until finally being usurped by Monster Hunter World, which continues to dominate to an absolutely insane degree with a seemingly unmatchable 16.8 million units (which still stands head and shoulders above the competition in terms of Capcom’s overall sales). Late last year it was speculated by many that Resident Evil 2 Remake would finally nudge over RE5 in under a year, making the two top platinum hits in the series survival horror entries and not action titles (RE5 and RE6) as had been the status quo for years.
Of course, these numbers are single releases as stated previously. In the grand scheme of things when you do ad ports and re-releases together, RE5 still holds the title belt, sitting at a cool 11.8 million (or so), with Resident Evil 4 just behind it with 10.2 million. This is largely thanks to the recent ports to last-gen consoles (as in Xbox One and PlayStation 4). RE7 and REmake 2 still sit at positions 4 and 5 on that list, but RE7 is catching up to RE6‘s 9.8 million fast, sitting at 8.5 million units now. This is good news for survival horror fans, especially as RE7‘s sales were initially considered “disappointing” back in 2017, but now is within spitting distance of Capcom’s initial lifetime sales goal of 10 million units.
Along with this news, Resident Evil 3 Remake has actually achieved an accolade of its own, having just surpassed the original Resident Evil 3 on PlayStation 1 by .1 million units, now sitting at 3.6 million units. While it was met with heavy criticism and lower than usual scores REmake 3 has still done very well for itself, matching about what RE7 and REmake 2 did in their first year on the market despite being released in the hell year that was 2020.
More or less completely unrelated but I want to give a shout out to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, which finally secured a spot on Capcom’s platinum hits page for the series after 20 years. This puts it just below Dead Rising 1 and 4, and above Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition if you can believe it.