Japanese games generally sell best on the PlayStation 4 but Resident Evil is one of those rare Eastern franchises that commands just as much interest in the West as it does in the East. However, that's not stopped Capcom's latest survival horror from selling best on Sony's system in the UK, with the PS4 accounting for a whopping 73 per cent of the retail sales.
The critically acclaimed sequel did rather well for itself overall, securing the third best week one tally in the series' history. Resident Evil 5 commands the best ever debut, while it's probably safe to assume that the rotten Resident Evil 6 is second in that list. However, it's perhaps worth pointing out that January is a slow time for sales, so this is a huge win for the latest game.
It was a really good week for new releases actually – especially on the PS4. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue debuted all the way up in third position, while Yakuza 0 simply must have set a series best in eighth – the title actually sold out at some stores. Tales of Berseria didn't do quite as well, but still entered in 14th position, which is not to be sniffed at.
So all in all it was a decent seven days for the PS4, and a particularly good week for Japanese software. Hopefully this is going to increase Eastern confidence in the Western market, and we'll see more localisations moving forward. We reckon that as long as publishers have modest expectations, there's money to be made from these more niche releases.
UK Sales Charts: Week Ending 28th January, 2016
- Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
- FIFA 17
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- Rocket League
- Battlefield 1
- Yakuza 0
- Watch Dogs 2