The recent remake of Resident Evil, an HD remastering of the first game in the series, has broken a number of records. Not only is it the fastest selling title from Capcom’s digital catalog, but it’s also been the best selling day one title on all of the Playstation Network. Slightly unsurprising, given that the US Playstation Blog named it the best selling game on the PS3 and PS4 for the month a January after its release twenty days into the month, but still a pretty spectacular display of fans’ reaction to the rerelease.
As you might expect, Resident Evil HD’s producer, Yoshiaki Hirabyashi, was pleased with the news. “The team here at Capcom Japan have worked hard to bring the game to the latest generation of consoles and we are thrilled at this news on its performance,” he said.
There is something inherent and visceral with a game that manages to enclose, isolate, and make every blind corner and creaking doorway a joyful terror to experience, and few games have managed to make that feeling so pervasive than the game that kicked off the Resident Evil series. The fact that fans have responded so well to the release does show there is still room for a slow, quiet, and moody horror games in a modern market. Capcom isn’t entirely blind to this, as the almost-upon-us release of Resident Evil Revelations 2 demonstrates. However, the publisher has previously indicated that they have no intent on halting the modern trend of core numbered games in the franchise being more action-oriented, despite the dire reviews received by Resident Evil 6 and strong criticism of Resident Evil 5.