Resident Evil 7: biohazard has been a critical and financial success for publisher Capcom. The new NPD group report agrees, saying that the survival horror tale was the top selling game across all platforms in January.
The game was only released with five days left in January, but that didn't stop the game from ranking number 1 overall and tops on the PS4 and Xbox One lists as well.. Capcom said that RE7 shipped more than 2,5 million copies before the end of the month. The last time Capcom had a best-selling game for a month was March 2009 with Resident Evil 5.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Grand Theft Auto 5, Battlefield 1 and NBA 2K17 rounded out the top 5 games across all platforms as well as Xbox One. The PS4 list was slightly different with Kingdom Hearts 2 HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue ranking second, pushing everything else down one notch.
NPD also added a new category of catalog sales for the first time, which can be a significant revenue driver for publishers. The category covers sales of a SKU that occur after the first six months that the product is first available for sale (or from month seven on). Using that metric, "Take-Two Interactive was the #1 publisher for January ’17 and was also the top publisher for catalog sales for all of 2016," NPD analyst Sam Naji said. Earlier this month, the company revealed GTA V had shipped more than 75 million copies since it launched.
On the hardware front, PlayStation 4 was the top selling console for the fourth month in a row, followed by Xbox One and the NES Classic from Nintendo at #3.