14 May 2021 10:01 AM +00:00

Resident Evil Village's Physical Sales In Japan Were The Franchise's Worst Since Resident Evil 4

Resident Evil Village's first-week physical sales were the lowest since Resident Evil 4.

That's according to Famitsu sales data, showing the game sold 149,884 copies in its first week on sale in Japan. For context, Resident Evil 7 shifted 231,188 units in 2017.

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Resident Evil Village's Physical Sales In Japan Were The Franchise's Worst Since Resident Evil 4

According to Game Data Library, the series' mainline entries actually peaked with Resident Evil 2's launch in 1996 when judged on week one, Japan-only physical sales.

As highly regarded as Resident Evil 4 is, the game debuted as a Gamecube exclusive, hence the lowest numbers.

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That said, there's little reason for Capcom to be concerned. Japan remains, in many regions, in a State of Emergency, making it harder to buy physical goods.

The game is also likely to have been more popular digitally as a result, and Capcom's own sales data suggests Village is performing well.

In fact, it shipped over 3 million copies worldwide in just four days, which puts it in the same realm as 2019's Resident Evil 2: Remake (thanks, VGC).

Wondering whether or not you should pick up Village? Check out our review here.