Resident Evil 7 Biohazard launched on January 24, 2017. By January 27, 2017, just three days later, developer Capcom, announced that 2.5 million copies of the game had been sold worldwide on PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
The Resident Evil series is critically acclaimed, and with the latest installment changing the formula back to a more classic survival horror genre, many fans and newcomers have been anticipating the game’s release. Although majority of this quantity has been sold on pre-orders, during extended time, the sales milestone of 2.5 million copies sold is still incredibly impressive. Though it is still only the third best launch of a Resident Evil game. Resident Evil 5 is the game in the series with the best ever debut, with Resident Evil 6 in the second place. In the week ending January 28th the game held the top place in the UK Sales Charts.
What’s different about Resident Evil 7 to almost the entire series is the sheer horror it presents players with. As the first game in the series to be a true first person survival horror game, it pits players against terrifying and unstoppable enemies, made so much worse by the fact that they’re mere inches from the player’s point of view. This new iteration of classic survival horror changes everything, including boss fights, which are now puzzles in of themselves as opposed to arcade machines players need to pump bullets into.
In addition to being the regeneration of the series that founded the survival horror genre, Resident Evil 7 is also the first true survival horror VR game. Many are dubbing the game as the definitive virtual reality experience in games. The first person viewpoint lends itself expertly to the VR experience, and the way every iota of the game has been made to look as real as possible creates a sense of immersion rivaled by none. On Playstation 4 at least, this is the best virtual reality survival horror game available.
Many suspect that the latest movie, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, has also served to generate excitement for the game, releasing in cinemas a month prior the release of the game. However, the movies have followed the path of Resident Evil 5 and 6, which tell globetrotting stories and feature action-packed set pieces. Resident Evil 7 builds suspense and dread through its calmer moments, resulting in a crescendo of terror at just the right moment.