Resident Evil is Capcom’s flagship franchise, but Monster Hunter: World’s numbers are unstoppable

Resident Evil accounts for 50% of best sellers

Illustrious developer/publisher Capcom has updated its Platinum Title list, a chart dedicated to the video games that have sold over one million units. And while Resident Evil continues to be Capcom’s longest-running success story, nothing is matching the performance of 2017’s Monster Hunter: World, which remains the company’s best-selling release by a wide margin.

Five of the ten best-selling Capcom games of all time are Resident Evil titles, ranging from 1998’s Resident Evil 2, which sold 4.96 million copies, to 2019’s… erm… Resident Evil 2, which sold 7.2 million copies. The franchise’s best-selling entry is 2017’s Resident Evil 7: Biohazard which, at 7.9 million copies, is the second best-selling Capcom game of all time.

However, sitting at number one with a bullet is Monster Hunter: World, which has shifted a staggering 16.1 million copies since launch, almost twice that of the Resident Evil 7. If you include the sales of expanded release Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, then the number is even higher. Truly, it will take something very special indeed to overtake the epic fantasy adventure sequel.

Elsewhere in the Top 20, impressive numbers are put in by 1992’s Street Fighter II (6.3 million), 2019’s Devil May Cry 5 (3.7 million), and 2010 zombie-mashing sequel Dead Rising 2 (3.1 million). But as the figures show, Capcom’s coffers very much belong to two specific franchises, both of which are unlikely to hit the bricks anytime soon.

Capcom sales update: Resident Evil 3 remake at 2.7 million [Gematsu]

  • Monster Hunter: World – 16.1 million
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard – 7.9 million
  • Resident Evil 5 – 7.7 million
  • Resident Evil 6 – 7.6 million
  • Resident Evil 2 (2019) – 7.2 million
  • Street Fighter II – 6.3 million
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne – 5.8 million
  • Resident Evil 2 (1998) – 4.96 million
  • Monster Hunter Freedom 3 – 4.9 million
  • Street Fighter V – 4.7 million
Chris Moyse
Senior Editor - Chris has been playing video games since the 1980s and writing about them since the 1880s. Graduated from Galaxy High with honors. Twitter: @ChrisxMoyse