Resident Evil 3 Remake
Resident Evil has been a big driving force for Capcom’s sales and profits these last few years, Resident Evil 3 Remake, and that much hasn’t changed in the last three months. In their recent quarterly financial briefing, Capcom reported impressive profits during the first quarter of the current fiscal year, with net sales being up 32.3% year on year and operating income rising 39.1% year on year.
Resident Evil 3’s remake which launched earlier this year was an important factor in that, it seems, with Capcom specifically mention that the game saw “solid sales”. Resident Evil 3 shipped 2 million units worldwide within the first five days of its launch, while over the course of its launch month, it sold an impressive 1.3 million digital copies.
As business development manager Alex Aniel noted on Twitter, it’s also lagging behind Resident Evil 5, 6 and 7. The latest game in the main series performed below Capcom’s expectations, despite being a novel and terrifying reinvention, but it still managed to shift 3.5 million copies by the end of March 2017. Resident Evil 6 meanwhile, which was a bit of a mess at launch, still boasted sales of more than 4 million a few months later. Capcom called it a disappointment too. It seems like the publisher has started to rein in its expectations at last.
Resident Evil 3 is available currently on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. In our review of the game’s campaign, we said that it was “a solid enough game, but not nearly as impressive as other recent Resident Evil titles.” Meanwhile, our impressions of the multiplayer side of the package with Resident Evil Resistance were far more mixed, calling it “a bit too rough to be anything more than a minor distraction.” You can read more about both through the links.
Despite Resident Evil 3 Remake not living up to what we called the best remake of 2019, Capcom reported a year-on-year increase in digital sales for the first quarter and, even with the complications created by the coronavirus, hasn’t had to make changes to its business plan for the year.
While the pandemic has clearly affected game development, more free time and a greater need for escapism means that people are gaming more than ever before, so that’s probably not had an impact on Resident Evil 3 Remake’s sales. Some lower review scores we gave it 55 and less nostalgic appeal compared to Resident Evil 2 are more likely contributors.