We know Resident Evil: Village is going to be successful commercially, but Capcom wants it to be the “best-performing” game in the franchise’s history.
Capcom is gearing up for a couple of big releases this year, with Monster Hunter: Rise coming out in just a few days and Resident Evil: Village launching in May. The sales figures of prior titles in both franchises point to both games selling incredibly well, but Capcom is aiming for much more than just a couple of commercial success stories. In fact, Capcom wants Resident Evil: Village to outsell and outperform every other game in the Resident Evil franchise.
In a recent interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Capcom’s EMEA and UK marketing director Antoine Molant revealed that the company has very high ambitions for Resident Evil’s latest installment:
“Our main ambition for this year, although there’s so much going on at the same time, is to make sure Resident Evil: Village will be the best-performing Resident Evil title, both in terms of quality as well as business.”
In order to reach such a feat, Capcom has a monumental mountain to climb. The successes of both Resident Evil 7: Biohazard and Resident Evil 2 Remake have made Capcom’s goal much harder, with the former being the best-selling game in the series and the latter recently becoming the company’s third best-selling game ever. It’s not out of the realm of possibility though, as four of Capcom’s top five best-selling games are Resident Evil titles, showing that it’s clearly the company’s most popular IP outside of Monster Hunter.
By the looks of things, Capcom is hoping to turn 2021 into the year of Resident Evil. The company has several other projects in the works besides the aforementioned Resident Evil: Village. A new movie is currently in production and Capcom has even recently shared plans for a new Resident Evil Showcase in April which could include even more announcements for later this year.
Resident Evil: Village is launching on May 7th for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. It was also recently announced that the game would also be coming to Google Stadia.
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Joshua Robertson is a News Writer for TheGamer, based in Barnsley, England. When not playing or writing about Pokemon, Yakuza, or Fallout, he can usually be found spending too much time on Twitter @JoshRobertson97.
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