The NPD Group reveals the top 10 best-selling games for January 2017, which includes Resident Evil 7, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Battlefield 1, and more.
With the switch to a first-person perspective, some considered Resident Evil 7 a risky proposition for Capcom. However, it appears as though Capcom’s gamble on its flagship survival-horror franchise paid off, as the NPD Group has revealed that Resident Evil 7 was the best-selling PS4 and Xbox One game last month, and the best-selling video game software overall for January 2017.
According to the NPD Group, as reported by GameSpot, Resident Evil 7 beat out blockbuster games like Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Battlefield 1, and Grand Theft Auto 5 to earn the top spot in January. Resident Evil 7 was the strongest new game release in January, joined in the top 10 by only one other January game, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue.
Exact sales numbers are not available, but we do know that Capcom has shipped 3 million units of Resident Evil 7 to retailers worldwide since its launch a few weeks ago. If the game can maintain its sales momentum in February, Capcom may be shipping many more units before the month is out, which should help it meet its sales goal of selling 4 million copies by March 31st.
Here are the top 10 best-selling games for January 2017:
- Resident Evil 7
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- Grand Theft Auto 5
- Battlefield 1
- NBA 2K17
- Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
- Madden NFL 17
- Watch Dogs 2
- FIFA 17
As previously noted, there were only two January games featured in the 10 best-selling games for January 2017, Resident Evil 7 and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, with the rest of the list dominated by heavy hitters from last year. It seems as though January’s other new releases, which included games like the PS4 exclusives Gravity Rush 2 and Yakuza 0, didn’t have as much appeal as their publishers may have hoped.
While January’s NPD results may be dominated by games from 2016, the February list could be a very different story. There are a number of major game releases in February, including Nioh, which launched last week to rave reviews, as well as the recently released For Honor, backed by a substantial marketing campaign from Ubisoft. Halo Wars 2, which may enjoy a sales boost from its Xbox Play Anywhere status, is also set to launch before the month is out.
February’s big games may mean we see some new faces in the list of top sellers, but it will be interesting to see if Resident Evil 7 is able to continue selling well, even in the face of fresh competition. Capcom is aggressively supporting the game with paid content like the Banned Footage DLC, and has plans to release a free expansion pack in the near future, so perhaps this post-launch support will help it stay competitive.
Resident Evil 7 is available now for PC, PS4, PlayStation VR, and Xbox One.