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.
Launch week retail sales of Resident Evil Village are the lowest for a mainline RE title in Japan since the original release of RE4 on the GameCube, third lowest of the series, barely on par with that and the original game.
35% drop from Resident Evil 7. pic.twitter.com/onZTL100Bl
— Game Data Library (@GameDataLibrary) May 13, 2021
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.
Well actually we know that around 10% of the 3m global shipment was Japan, so that means 150k physical and 150k digital in Japan for total 300k approx. Not so bad. https://t.co/1TfkZxPJw4
— David Gibson (@gibbogame) May 13, 2021
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.