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Resident Evil series sells an eye-watering 61 million copies

on 5 August 2014

Capcom has announced that its Resident Evil franchise has sold a whopping 61 million copies worldwide since its inception in 1996.

The news broke alongside the unveiling of its current and next-generation remaster of the Resident Evil remake, which originally launched on GameCube back in 2002.

Resident Evil launched to critical and commercial success on the original PlayStation, and was followed by two sequels: 1998’s Resident Evil 2 and 1999’s Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, both of which were met with incredibly positive reviews.

Resident Evil CODE: Veronica followed for Dreamcast and PlayStation 2 in the early 2000s, before the series went GameCube-exclusive in 2002, with Resident Evil Zero being the first original game to hit the system. However, 2005’s Resident Evil 4 was ported to numerous systems after its initial GC launch, including PlayStation 2, Wii, and PC, as well as high-definition re-release for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2011.

RE Remaster will benefit from 1080p visuals for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, enhanced sound effects, revamped controls, and the option for 16:9 widescreen mode in addition to the classic 4:3 ratio.

Check out some blood-soaked screenshots of the PS3 version of Resident Evil Remaster here.