Capcom’s Resident Evil 4 remake was a critical and economic triumph, and the game helped the business end the fiscal year on a high note. Capcom sold 41.7 million units of video game software between April 1st, 2022 and March 30th, 2023, according to the publisher’s consolidated financial statistics revealed today. Despite its March 24th release date, the Resident Evil 4 remake sold over three million copies in its first two days, making it one of the company’s biggest successes of the year. Overall, the company’s sales increased 14.4% year over year.
Resident Evil 4 was one of two titles mentioned particularly in Capcom’s financial results, the other being Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak. Monster Hunter Rise’s main game was launched in the previous fiscal year, while the Sunbreak expansion was released in June. The expansion had sold 5 million copies by January. Capcom attributed their success outside of those two titles to “pursuing catalog title sales digitally.”
Resident Evil 4 was already universally regarded as one of the series’ best titles. When the initial game was launched in 2005, it set a new standard for the series, shifting away from the series’ fixed camera angles in favor of an over-the-shoulder perspective that the series still uses today. The game also increased the action and introduced some of the series’ most legendary adversaries. Given the game’s success, Capcom was under a lot of pressure to provide a decent remake! Fortunately, the game was both a critical and financial success.
There has been no indication on what happens next in the Resident Evil series since the release of the Resident Evil 4 remake. Given Capcom’s huge success with the franchise, it seems like a fair bet that a new game announcement isn’t too far away!