Resident Evil 6 Saw 380,000 Pre-Orders In Japan Prior To Release


Last week saw the release of Resident Evil 6 in Japan. The game sold 634,933 copies on the PlayStation 3 and another 41,652 copies on the Xbox 360, handily beating out sales of its predecessor, Resident Evil 5, by nearly double.


Sales tracker, Media Create, report that Resident Evil 6 had 380,000 pre-orders in Japan, which is the highest number of pre-orders for a Resident Evil game since April 2005.


Interestingly, the second-highest number of pre-orders for a Resident Evil game (again, since 2005) goes to Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. That game had 118,000 pre-orders prior to its release, and sold 268,810 copies across PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in its first week.


Additionally, Media Create also shared an interesting piece of data for Resident Evil 5. That game, released in 2009, has reached 1.2 million copies sold in Japan across all versions.

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.