The Evil Within Sets Record For First-Month Survival Horror Sales For New I.P.

By Ishaan . November 13, 2014 . 4:29pm

The Evil Within set a new record for highest first-month sales for a new I.P. survival horror game, the NPD Group said in a report this afternoon. The game launched on October 14th in the U.S., and had 22 days of sales recorded by the NPD Group tracker. It landed at the #3 spot for the top-10 sales chart for October, below NBA 2K15 and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.


Unfortunately, Bethesda have not announced sales figures for The Evil Within, so one can only guess as to how much the game actually sold.


Meanwhile, the new set of consoles still appears to be performing rather well. NPD analyst Liam Callahan reports that the first 12 month sales for the Xbox One and PS4 are currently 70% higher than the combined first-year totals of Xbox 360 and PS3. Furthermore, hardware sales of eighth generation consoles accounted for nearly 80% of dollar sales during October.


In terms of console sales, Sony reported that the PlayStation 4 was, once again, the best-selling console for the month of October.


The top-10 best-sellers in the U.S. during the month of October were as follows:


Rank Title System Publisher
01. NBA 2K15 PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC Take 2
02. Super Smash Bros. 3DS Nintendo
03. The Evil Within PS4, XBO, PS3, 360, PC Bethesda
04. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel 360, PS3, PC Take 2
05. Destiny 360, XBO, PS4, PS3 Activision Blizzard
06. Skylanders: Trap Team 360, Wii, NWU, PS3, XBO, PS4, 3DS, MOB Activision Blizzard
07. FIFA 15 PS4, 360, PS3, XBO, Wii, PSV, 3DS Electronic Arts
08. Madden NFL 15 360, PS4, PS3, XBO Electronic Arts
09. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor PS4, XBO, PC Warner Bros.
10. Minecraft 360, PS3, PS4 Microsoft, Sony

 Tracking period: October 5th – November 1st, 2014


Something that bears mentioning is that, while it doesn’t appear in the top-10 chart you see above, Microsoft’s Sunset Overdrive for Xbox One was the ninth best-selling game for the month, when sorting the list by SKU rather than title.

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  • Tonton Ramos

    The Bethesda Softworks published survival horror game The Evil Within sold 818,816 at retail across all platforms in its first week on sale. The PlayStation 4 version sold more than all the other versions of the game combined with sales of 426,388 units.

    The Xbox One was the second most popular platform for the game with sales of 143,845. 126,169 units were sold for the PlayStation 3, 77,840 units were sold for the Xbox 360 and 44.573 units were sold for the PC.

    The Evil Within managed to sell 305,654 units in the US. Sales in Europe were almost identical with sales of 304,178 units.


    • PenguinPlayer

      To be fair, we should always take VGChartz with a grain of salt, even if it’s our only source for sales.

  • tridus

    Doesn’t seem like a very good ranking for Borderlands, but maybe it sold decently well.

    Granted it was a letdown from Borderlands 2, so maybe there’s a reason for it not doing better.

  • Shippoyasha

    Very proud of Evil Within. Glad to see it do so well.

  • z_merquise

    Hope to see more games from Tango soon. Nice to see their debut game (The Evil Within) doing well in sales.

  • Huzzah to you, Tango and your darling The Evil Within. I am happy for you, as this was a very fun game to me.

  • subsamuel01

    This game deserves it, takes survival horror back to its roots without sacrificing combat, RE:R2 should take some notes.

  • Dashaun Rutledge

    Freaking love this game, one of my favs this year, I mean it was like RE4 but way better.

    • Randgriz

      Plz… go back and get my glasses…

      • chero666

        “I can’t HANDLE opinions”

  • This game did catch my eye but no way am I buying the PS4 for just one game. There’s still games coming out on the Ps3 for me so that is where I shall stay for now….will buy one when FFXV comes out on Ps4.

    • ZEROthefirst

      You do realize that The Evil Within is on the PS3 as well right? Or are you talking about another game without specifying?

      • Whaaaaat. Lol. How did I not know thisssss? I’ve been way too busy for my own good.

  • pokeslob

    >new I.P. >survival horror >first month sales, that’s so specific it hurts, any competitors to this recently? lol

    • British_Otaku

      Dead Space is probably the most recent one… >_>

  • Tarkovsky

    Grats to Mikami and crew! The man deserves it as his farewell directorial work. Look forward to Tango’s next project.

  • Brion Valkerion

    Grats to the people who worked hard. That said… not exactly a packed genre these days.

  • YouGusta

    Imagine how much Capcom can redeem itself if they publish this game.. :D

  • Kornelious

    Nice….It certainly isn’t the resurrection of the horror genre, but it’s without a doubt a great game on it’s own, good on it :)

  • Sion12

    This is a good game but the character and dialogue is terrible, the same problems with RE5/6 or maybe other RE game too but cant remember. They are like robot with disjointed conversation with each other. i dont know how to explain this but like when Joseph when crazy,MC only commented one short sentence and nothing after or like after Kidman missing for a few chapter and suddenly show but no one is even surprise or bother to comment about it

    • chero666

      It’s really a problem with Shinji Mikami games really. I went into it knowing that I was getting the character development of:
      Resident Evil
      Dino Crisis
      PN 03
      and let’s not for get the Napoleon midget from RE4.

      • Ash_Riot

        He also co-wrote Killer7, ya know? And if anything those games you listed proves he’s pretty damn diverse…

    • Patrick Lucas Honeyman

      After the likes of The Last of Us and even Dead Space, these sort of oversights should be criticised. It always jars with how ‘professional’ the characters are supposed to be. Why are detectives of all people not questioning allsorts throughout the game?

      Maybe Naughty Dog’s writers need to team up with Tango Gameworks. Now that would be a game worth hyping.

    • Crimrui

      Honestly that is a problem in a lot of games like this. In most cases, in horror games, when characters meet up they talk and riddles or the act if they just met in a damn supermarket.

  • HassanJamal

    Good for Tango! TEW has some really great atmosphere and combat gameplay. It did however loose the horror aspect of the game once I got two certain weapons early in the game.

  • Göran Isacson

    Really interesting that The Evil Within has sold so well, especially in light of its highly divise reviews. It’s all over the place score-wise, and it seems like even fan-feedback is very divided. I do wonder if this is a possible franchise with legs in it, or if this was a case where it sold more on hype and a possible sequel won’t see these numbers whatsoever, or if it is a title that has found a formula the players really like, even if reviewers don’t?

    Also curious- I see someone posted VG Chartz sales numbers down in this thread, and while I have heard that one should always take those numbers with a pinch of salt it just struck me- why is that? I can’t quite recall WHY it’s considered common sense to distrust VG Chartz. Have they been caught fibbing in the past, is there something wrong with their method for calculating sales… what is it that makes them untrustworthy?

    • RocKM001 .

      To be perfectly fair Silent Hill 2 which is considered a “cult classic” also had fairly divisive reviews when it first came out years ago…

      “Too boring”, “Too much running”, etc. were common gripes. Most people who could look past the shortcomings of the gameplay loved the game though.

      I sorta consider TEW/PB in the same vein. It’s really a hit and miss but for people who get hit it hits big time =P But as a new IP I do hope there’s enough interest sales in there for a refinement of what was wrong/lacking in a sequal :D

      • Ash_Riot

        Here’s hoping Mikami trains up a new guy who will go on to be as awesome as Hideki Kamiya and Shu Takumi were when he handed the sequels of each of his series over to them (Mikami had Kamiya direct RE2, had Takuma direct Dino Crisis 2).

        New and upcoming game directors in Japan needs to happen. We can only rely on the Kojima’s, Kamiya’s, Mikami’s and Matsuno’s for so long…

      • Göran Isacson

        That’s interesting, most Swedish magazines that I read at the time unabashedly loved SIlent Hill 2, I had no idea it received mixed reviews. Learn something new every day.

        I must admit that this is really interesting though- we so seldom see a AAA game from a brand-new IP get so mixed reviews yet sell so well. It really feels like you say, that this is a massive hit and miss that seems to do something that turns some people WAY off and draw others way in. It makes you wonder just what they’re gonna focus on in the future- what would “improve” such a divise formula? Would a potential sequel get more even scores, or would it be even more divergent? So many possibilities.

    • They’ve not been caught outright “fibbing” or messing with numbers. But they just don’t track real numbers. They assemble their sales from a lot of things, but not official retailer numbers or publisher numbers or something official (I forget). So everything they toss up is, really, more of an estimate. And they can be (and have been) off by tens of thousands of units in the past; maybe worse.

      The other thing that is annoying is that they just stop tracking sales for a game after, like, 3 weeks or some dumb sh** like that. So games that have “long tails” (sell consistently over a longer period of time versus exploding with unbelievable sales right off the bat in the first two weeks) are often prematurely chalked up as failures according to VGC. Stuff that sells a million+, but takes 3 months or more to do it – like Valkyria Chronicles, Bayonetta, Enslaved, Tomb Raider or Sleeping Dogs – are just written off as dead-on-arrival by them. Which in turn means the publishers are likely to think the same way.

      Though I guess, as frustrating as that is, that IS how many publishers (especially western ones) seem to view games these days. *sigh*

      • Göran Isacson

        Much obliged- that explains a lot. One hopes then that people who are actually in charge don’t pay too much attention to them, but considering how often they show up around here… I fear they’re popular enough to be that kind of problem.

  • Aristides

    Looks like PS4 is owning big time on the software side, but really what surprises me the most is seeing FIFA 15 sell better on PSV than 3DS 0_o. I mean I know it’s a better version but damn that’s surprising.

  • Crimrui

    A lot of user negativity towards this game is a bit unjustified. I think it’s a pretty solid game and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. It has that eerie and creepy atmosphere that I want in a horror game. But it’s not a return to the roots kind of game, still needs less action and more exploration and puzzles. To me it’s a mix of RE4 and The Last of Us.

    The only things that I disliked in the game is the stealth kill option. Becoming a predator is not something I like in a horror game. In Last of Us I can dig it because it featured a disease with humanoid characters while here it’s more supernatural kind of thing. Should have featured more running and hiding.

  • Ash_Riot

    GOTY contender for me. Only DanganRonpa 2 comes close.

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