Resident Evil Village launch sales in Japan were series’s worst since 2005

Resident Evil Village sales

Last week, the latest installment in the Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil Village, launched to critical acclaim on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox and managed to ship over 3 million units in its first four days. Despite all this, Resident Evil Village sales in Japan were the series’s worst since the release of Resident Evil 4 on GameCube in 2005 (not including other platforms). All of this was revealed through Famitsu’s boxed game sales data, which details the performance of Village‘s PlayStation 4 and 5 versions — with a combined total of 149,884 copies sold.

The last few games in the series received a stronger debut, with Resident Evil 7: Biohazard managing to sell 231,188 copies in 2017. As noted by VGC, David Gibson, a Japan-based analyst and investment adviser, explained that digital sales for Resident Evil Village were approximately 150,000, bringing the total up to 300,000 copies sold in Japan. However, globally, Resident Evil Village has been a great seller, and the franchise is still Capcom’s all-time top seller by a wide margin.

Although Capcom’s latest installment in the Resident Evil franchise is on other platforms and not Switch, there is the rumored Resident Evil Outrage (also known as Revelations 3), which will allegedly debut first on Nintendo Switch as soon as later this year. Resident Evil fans can also look forward to Netflix series Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness and the upcoming film reboot, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City.


Jaimie Ditchfield
Freelance Writer. Work seen on GGRecon, Zelda Universe, and BackToTheGaming. Studied Games Journalism and PR for three years, and is relentless at spreading his love for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.