Capcom has announced that Resident Evil: Village has sold 5 million copies globally, reaching the milestone somewhat quicker than its predecessor Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. The news comes as Capcom reports record level sales and profits for a second quarter.
As announced in a press release, Capcom has confirmed that Resident Evil: Village has now sold over 5 million units globally. Following a successful release window back in May, during which the game sold over 3 million units in its first week, Resident Evil: Village has since seen a “steady growth of sales” that has allowed the game’s success to continue on.
According to the company, the success of Village is in part down to its “multifaceted expansion” of the series overall. “In addition to providing a sense of scale that outdoes its predecessor [Resident Evil 7: Biohazard], as well as storytelling that rises above the genre of horror games, this title was lauded for featuring a higher degree of action and even more expansive, highly engaging gameplay,” a statement from the studio about the game reads.
Having reached over 5 million sales in just over the 5 months since its launch, Resident Evil: Village has eclipsed the milestone at a rate far quicker than Capcom’s last entry into the series, Resident Evil 7, which took over a year to achieve the same feat. Despite reaching the milestone at a slower rate, however, Capcom announced earlier this month that Resident Evil 7 has sold over 10 million copies worldwide – becoming the first game in the series to do so.
The recent success of Resident Evil: Village seems to be reflected by the studio as a whole. Capcom’s most recent financial reports state that the studio’s net sales and profits have hit record levels for a second quarter in a row. Capcom’s net sales are up 66.4% and its operating income up 61.9% year-on-year for the six months ending September 30.
During that period, Capcom says that its success has been predominantly driven by new title releases and a growth in digital sales – with sales volumes from its own games exceeding 19.8 million units (a figure up 43.5% year-over-year). Capcom acknowledged the continued success of Resident Evil: Village in supporting the studio’s growth but also noted that it had made efforts to increase its earnings through other avenues including the use of its brands in films and licensed products in eSports. Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin was also noted as an important factor in the success.
For more on Resident Evil: Village, make sure to check out our review of the game where we awarded it an 8/10.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.