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Resident Evil Village Had 6th Biggest Resident Evil Launch in the UK

Resident Evil Village Had 6th Biggest Resident Evil Launch in the UK - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 17 May 2021 / 1,185 Views

Resident Evil Village had a decent launch in the UK with it being the biggest physical launch of 2021 so far in terms of revenue, according to GfK Entertainment's data. It was also the second biggest launch in terms of copies sold, beaten by Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury.

GfK Entertainment's Dorian Bloch has shared with GamesIndustry a list of the top 10 biggest launches for the Resident Evil franchise, as well as the 10 best-selling games in the series.

The Resident Evil franchise has generated over £160 million in revenue over the course of 35 releases since the original debuted for the PlayStation in 1995. This figure is for physical sales only. That is enough to put the series as the 33rd biggest brands and franchises of all time, according to GfK's numbers. 

Resident Evil 5 is the best-selling in the franchise in terms of launch week and lifetime sales. Resident Evil 6 had the second biggest launch in franchise history, however, it sits in sixth on the life sales list. Resident Evil 2 had the third biggest launch and is the second best-selling entry lifetime. 

The week one sales of Resident Evil 5 and 6 accounted for 36 percent of the combined revenue of week one sales of all the games in the series and for even eight percent of the lifetime sales of the series.

The recently released Resident Evil Village had the sixth biggest launch in franchise history at retail. 

Resident Evil Village Had 6th Biggest Resident Evil Launch in the UK

Here are the GfK Top Ten for the Week One sales of Resident Evil games:

Position Title Platforms
1 Resident Evil 5 (2009) PS3, Xbox 360
2 Resident Evil 6 (2012) PS3, Xbox 360
3 Resident Evil 2 (1998) PS1
4 Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (2017) PS4, Xbox One, PC
5 Resident Evil 2 Remake (2019) PS4, Xbox One
6 Resident Evil Village (2021) PS5, PS4, Xbox Series, Xbox One
7 Resident Evil 3 Remake (2020) PS4, Xbox One
8 Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (2000) PS1
9 Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (2012) PS3, Xbox 360
10 Resident Evil (1996) PS1

Here are the GfK Top Ten best-selling entries in the Resident Evil series (as of December 31st, 2020):

Position Title Platforms
1 Resident Evil 5 (2009) PS3, Xbox 360
2 Resident Evil 2 (1998) PS1
3 Resident Evil (1996) PS1
4 Resident Evil 4 (2005) GameCube
5 Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (2017) PS4, Xbox One, PC
6 Resident Evil 6 (2012) PS3, Xbox 360
7 Resident Evil Code Veronica (2000) Dreamcast
8 Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (2000) PS1
9 Resident Evil 2 Remake (2019) PS4, Xbox One
10 Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles (2007) Wii

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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6 Comments
VAMatt (on 17 May 2021)

That sounds pretty bad, actually.

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holzi VAMatt (on 18 May 2021)

Yup, having sales numbers between RE: 2 and RE:3 Remake doesn't sound too stellar.

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SKMBlake (on 17 May 2021)

Worst "achievement" ever

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Kakadu18 (on 17 May 2021)

WW it was bigger than RE7 and RE2R.
RE2R sold 7.8mil copies according to Capcom. I have a hard time believing that RE CV, even counting all versions sold more.

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DonFerrari (on 17 May 2021)

Is this considering only the physical sales? Because it would be too low otherwise showing a very different story from worldwide sales.

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Ashadelo (on 17 May 2021)

How is this good news?

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