Capcom confirmed in a press release shared today that the previous mainline Resident Evil installment, Resident Evil 7 biohazard, has shipped over 10 million units globally. This is a new milestone for the survival horror franchise, one that the company says was partially driven by the increasing popularity of digital sales.
Released in January 2017, Resident Evil 7 biohazard builds upon the series’ roots of fear, exploration and tense atmosphere. The game’s system underwent a dramatic shift from its previous third-person camera to a new first-person perspective in order to provide an overwhelming, deeply immersive horror experience, garnering high praise from major review sites and other media. As part of its growth of digital download sales in recent years, Capcom worked on strategic pricing for the title through seasonal and event-driven discounts in order to strengthen demand among a wider range of game players. Further, in May 2021 when Capcom released the sequel and latest title in the series, Resident Evil Village, it executed promotions to leverage synergies between the two titles such as with the release of a bundle containing both games. Capcom succeeded with these promotions, achieving long-running sales in excess of 1 million units in each fiscal year since the release of Resident Evil 7 biohazard, leading the game to be the first in the series to break 10 million cumulative worldwide shipments.
Resident Evil 7 marked a pivotal moment for the franchise in that it was the first installment to shift to a first-person perspective. The game’s success prompted Capcom to deliver a similar experience for its follow-up, Resident Evil Village, which once again put players into the shoes of protagonist Ethan Winters.
Capcom announced that the Resident Evil series had exceeded 100 million units sold worldwide in 2020.