Capcom announced today that Resident Evil 2, the remake of the 1998 PlayStation classic, has shipped 3 million units worldwide across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Capcom categorized the sales as the "first week", but these numbers only account from the launch on January 25 to January 29.
This is a great start for Resident Evil 2, as the original game reached total sales of 4.96 million units worldwide. The remake is well on its way to beating that total. It's also a bit ahead of 2017's Resident Evil 7, which shipped 2.5 million units worldwide from its launch on January 24, 2017, to January 27 when Capcom made its first sales announcement. That's three days instead of the four for Resident Evil 2, but it's close enough for comparison. Resident Evil 7 is Capcom's fifth best-selling game of all-time, with a total of 5.7 million units sold.
Resident Evil 2 continues the overall revitalization of the brand, something Capcom will be keen to continue in the future. That future will likely include a Resident Evil 8.
"We want [Resident Evil 7] to be the start of a new kind of survival horror and of a new series. And so the current masterpiece is just the beginning. Plans for the next title are already in motion and, when you see that game, you may find that it is very different from Resident Evil 7 in some ways while still retaining that core survival horror concept of people overcoming the odds. Resident Evil will always retain that essence," said Resident Evil 7 executive producer Jun Takeuchi in a Making Of video.
Capcom already said that it was planning other remakes for the future during a financial earnings call in August 2018. "Regarding remakes and re-releases of titles in our back catalog, we expect to explore these further with a variety of properties as a part of our strategy to utilize our library of IP," said a company spokesperson. Resident Evil 2 producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi recently told Game Watch (translated via DualShockers) that if fans wanted to see a remake of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, they needed to make their voices heard.