Capcom recently annouced that sales for their 2023 remake of Resident Evil 4 have topped more than 5 million units worldwide.
The series, which debuted on the original Playstation in 1996 and has been a survival horror staple ever since, has gone on to sell more than 142 million units worldwide. I know I’ve contributed by buying more than a dozen titles myself!
The fourth Resident Evil game (originally released in 2005) introduced many new features and changes, not just to the series, but to the genre as well. This year’s remake was released to much critical acclaim, and fan reception has also been very positive.
The remake was developed with the RE Engine, which allows developers to create higher-quality assets and lighting. The VR support is improved, which helps to eliminate the motion sickness some people can suffer from due to lower framerates in VR. Physics and animation quality is also improved with the RE Engine.
In the game, parrying replaces quick time events, which were never a favorite of mine. The knives become less durable and break during use. This adds a bit more tension when compared to fighting with unbreakable items. Leon is now also able to perform stealth kills, the overall tone is creepier, and there are also new puzzles.
Capcom is also planning to release Resident Evil 4 VR Mode as free DLC. This DLC will be compatible with PlayStation VR2, which will likely drive sales figures even higher, though a release date has yet to be revealed.
Resident Evil 4 is available on the PlayStation 5 system, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
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