The Media Create sales charts showing the top 50 games ending on the week of January 29th, 2017 in Japan revealed some startling and not-so-startling news. According to a translation from DualShockers, Resident Evil 7 only managed to ship 59% of its physical stock for the PS4, despite the fact that the game was the number one title on the charts, moving 187,306 copies.
Resident Evil 7’s performance was followed by the standard and limited edition of the visual novel Otome game Utano Prince-sama for the PlayStation Vita, showing that female gamers in Japan were pretty excited about the title.
Just behind Utano Prince-sama was Japan’s rendition of Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon, known here in America as Pokemon Sun and Moon. The rest of the list varies per game and platform, just until the top 49th spot, which is occupied once again by Resident Evil 7, this time for the Xbox One.
The real telling part isn’t that Resident Evil 7 managed to top the charts in Japan, but that according to DualShockers the PS3 version of Resident Evil 6 debuted with 635,000 copies being sold in Japan alone. That shows a stark decline in sales and interest in the title in the land of the rising sun.
What’s interesting is that Resident Evil 7 is practically a first-person throwback to the original Resident Evil from PC and PSX, forfeiting the blockbuster explosions and Hollywood-inspired set pieces that were littered throughout much of Resident Evil 6.
Either Japanese gamers just weren’t interested in a first-person horror game the way they were a third-person horror title, or the PS4 and Xbox One just don’t have much appeal to Japanese gamers this time around.
Capcom has been consistent in keeping the game patched and up to date, so we’ll see if things turn around for Resident Evil 7 in Japan as more DLC becomes available.