Resident Evil VII For PS4 Sells Only 59% of Shipment in Japan; Xbox One Version Ranks 49th
Resident Evil VII's sales in Japan aren't stellar, but retailers expect it to have a tail if Sony ships more PlayStation VR units.
The Japanese sales research firm Media Create followed up its top-20 ranking published on Wednesday with its top-50 and full analysis, giving more color on the performance of Resident Evil VII: Biohazard by Capcom.
We learn that the PS4 version of the game sold only 58.64% of the initial shipment during its debut week, despite launching on a Thursday and having four days on the shelves before the end of the week. This still managed to put the game on the top spot of the ranking with 187,306 copies sold, but it’s a massive decline from the PS3 version of Resident Evil 6, which sold 635,000 units in its debut week.
That said, together with a new shipment of PlayStation VR, it managed to push the sales of PS4 (including PS4 Pro) to 121.86% compared to the previous week. PS4 software sales were 136.84% of last week’s figure.
Unfortunately, Sony has been very conservative in shipping PlayStation VR units in Japan, causing lines at the stores for the second shipment last week, which pretty much evaporated as demand keeps being higher than the offer, even if it’s hard to gauge by how much.
On the bright side, Media Create reports that since Resident Evil VII is fully playable on PlayStation VR, retailers expect it to sell more as Sony ships new PlayStation VR units.
On the Xbox One front, Resident Evil VII actually joins the pretty exclusive club of games that made the Media Create top 50 even if barely. It ranked 49th, with no specific sales numbers disclosed.
It’ll be interesting to see whether Sony Interactive Entertainment will start shipping a more sizable quantity of PlayStation VR units to Japan over the next few months (according the company, the headset is selling in line with expectations) and whether it’ll help Resident Evil VII: Biohazard or not.
According to our Ryan, it certainly deserves it, as he gave it a nice and sound 9 in his review.