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Resident Evil 7 Was the Top Selling Game in January, NPD Says

Grand Theft Auto 5 still makes the top 3 more than three years later.


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.

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    February 16, 2017 5:35 PM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Resident Evil 7 Was the Top Selling Game in January, NPD Says

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      February 16, 2017 6:47 PM

      Can we talk about what it will take to get Tie Fighter 2? Anyone know?

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        February 16, 2017 7:33 PM

        Honest answer: For people to stop playing BF style games.

        EA's got the license locked up. And, they're only doing 1 game a year. BF style is still making bank for them. Why change that?

        As much as we pine for a true sequel, the reality is flight games like that just aren't in broad demand right now. I would so love to jump back into my A-Wing and speed through an Imperial fleet strafing cannon along a star destroyer. But, I just don't see that having broad appeal in what's still an FPS dominated market.

        I'd like to think if it was good it would sell, but EA just won't take that kind of risk unless they know for sure it'd sell; especially if it ended up being mediocre.

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      February 16, 2017 7:49 PM

      That's great

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      February 16, 2017 11:43 PM

      Awesome, I am looking forward tot he next one they have a solid formula with 7 it be epic if they would also add 3rd person as well as an option going forward and design for both.


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      February 17, 2017 12:12 AM

      Good to hear! I hope they hit their targets. First AAA VR game, too.

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      February 17, 2017 1:43 AM

      If they could just make the puzzles more interesting/harder I'd be game for Resident Evil 8
      I loved the birthday cake puzzle room thing and just wish it had more of that stuff throughout the game plus the creepy chasing me around the house stuff.

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