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Resident Evil 5 ships 4 million

Demo of latest in franchise downloaded by 4m users

Capcom has confirmed that Resident Evil 5 has shipped four million units worldwide since launch, building on the game's number one status in Japan, which was achieved last week.

In addition, the free demo available on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network has been downloaded by four million users, the company said.

The title was released last week in Europe and North America, and on March 5 in Japan, and was previously identified as the most-anticipated game of 2009 by members of the GamesIndustry.biz Network.

The game previously came in for some criticism last year with Newsweek writer N'gai Croal labelling the game as "racist" based on footage from one of the early trailers, but critics have been quick to praise the latest instalment in the hugely popular zombie-killing franchise.

However, despite the strong sales so far, Capcom's stock price fell on the Tokyo Stock Exchange today by 3.2 per cent to JPY 1629 (USD 16.58).

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