When Sony opened the floodgates of preorders for the PS4 in Japan three days ago, the console sold out almost instantly anywhere, including the local branch of Amazon, that pushed out a second batch after a couple hours and ran out of stock in minutes again.
With a little less fanfare nine games were also made available for preorder for Sony’s upcoming console. How are those doing? Turns out that they’re not exactly flying off the virtual shelves.
Below you can see all nine PS4 titles available, ranked from the most popular to the least popular in the Amazon Japan top sellers chart, with the respective place in the overall ranking at the moment of this writing.
- Watch_Dogs – 27th
- Yakuza Ishin – 41st
- Killzone: Shadow Fall – 77nd
- Battlefield 4 – 95th
- Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag – 119th
- Driveclub – 147th
- Call of Duty: Ghosts – 151st
- Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends – 191st
- FIFA 14 – 221st
Of course none of the titles listed above is currently sold out, and their performance seems to be quite mediocre overall. One could say that the reason is that most of those games are made in the west, but Yakuza Ishin and Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends, that are part of very popular Japanese franchises, aren’t exactly topping the chart as well.
The surprise of the day is actually seeing Watch_Dogs as the most successful between the titles available, considering that it’s a western game.
The reasons behind this could be multiple, but personally I believe that the PS4 in Japan comes packed with a quite nice library out of the box: not only Japanese customers that got the First Limited Pack will receive a voucher to download Knack for free, but the beta of the free to play online RPG Deep Down is going to start right around the console’s release.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will also enter its PS4 beta on February the 22nd as well, and those that already purchased the PS3 version will be able to upgrade for free. Furthermore, in order to play online, gamers will need a PlayStation Plus subscription, that comes packed with a slightly stripped down version of Driveclub.
With all those games pretty much available without a further purchase (besides PlayStation Plus, that by now seems almost a must anyway), it’s not so surprising that Japanese gamers don’t feel too compelled to spend more for further games, at least for the moment.