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


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.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.