Resident Evil: A masterclass in reinvention

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Monster Hunter World may have become Capcom’s biggest seller, but there’s no denying Resident Evil remains the Japanese publisher’s flagship franchise.

The series’ lifetime sales stands at over 107 million units, far above the 66 million Monster Hunter’s combined releases have achieved. But it’s not the number of copies sold that tells the real story behind Resident Evil’s long-lasting success, a tale of reinvention and influence — more so than you might imagine.

It begins with the release of the original Resident Evil in March 1996, quickly becoming one of the most talked about releases on

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