This Week In Sales: Freedom Wars Debuts Amidst Balance Issues


Period: The week of June 23rd – June 29th (2014)

Top-seller: Freedom Wars (PSV) – 188,888

Nintendo 3DS sales: 5,081 | Total sales: 9,527,024

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 22,803 | Total sales: 6,199,735

PlayStation Vita sales: 22,192 | Total sales: 2,880,779

Vita TV sales: 2,727 | 121,075

Wii U sales: 10,653 | Total sales: 1,812,249

PlayStation 4 sales: 8,059 | 620,619

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Hunting-action games are the PlayStation Vita’s bread-and-butter, and last week, Sony released another such game in Japan—Freedom Wars, designed by Shift, the studio behind the God Eater series.


Freedom Wars sold 188,888 copies in its first week, which is an impressive debut, although not surprising, given the game’s genre and the heavy marketing that Sony have been doing in the months leading up to release. Here’s how the game’s first-week sales compare to those of other recent hunting-action titles on PlayStation platforms:


God Eater 2 – 378,350 (PSV + PSP)

Toukiden – 188,810 (PSV + PSP)

Soul Sacrifice – 92,396 (PSV only)


Very respectable. Freedom Wars has sold the same amount at launch as Toukiden did across both Vita and PSP. The question now is how the game will do in the weeks to come. One point of concern in this regard is that players have noticed some fairly serious balance issues within the game, and these are prominent enough to have prompted a response from the game’s producer, who has pledged to iron them out.


Perhaps more interesting is the fact that Freedom Wars presently sits at a rating of 2.5 stars (out of 5) on Amazon, and a number of user reviews point to the aforementioned balance issues, complaining about the second half of the game. Ideally, this wouldn’t affect sales too much, since we live in an age where problems such as these can be patched and fixed, and more savvy consumers are aware of this, but it should be interesting to monitor the game’s performance over the next few weeks regardless.


The top-20 software sales chart for last week is as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Freedom Wars 188,888 New PSV Sony
New 02. Watch Dogs 63,595 New PS4 Ubisoft
New 03. Kamen Rider: Battride War II 62,649 New PS3 Bandai Namco
New 04. Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Great Space-Time Adventure 53,095 New 3DS Bandai Namco
New 05. Girls und Panzer: I Will Master Tankery! 31,526 New PSV Bandai Namco
New 06. Watch Dogs 31,028 New PS3 Ubisoft
02. 07. Yo-kai Watch 29,590 1,147,202 3DS Level 5
03. 08. Mario Kart 8 23,520 492,837 WiiU Nintendo
01. 09. Pokémon Art Academy 15,373 46,454 3DS Nintendo
04. 10. Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Challenge of the Blue Samurai 13,026 136,893 PS3 Konami
New 11. Date A Live: Arusu Install 9,703 New PS3 Compile Heart
05. 12. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth 7,072 237,379 3DS Atlus
New 13. Kamen Rider: Battride War II 6,936 New WiiU Bandai Namco
New 14. Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate 6,768 New PS4 Koei Tecmo
New 15. Grand Theft Auto V (Bargain Edition) 6,732 New PS3 Take 2
10. 16. FIFA14: World Class Soccer 6,510 53,813 PS4 Electronic Arts
08. 17. Pro Evolution Soccer 2014: Challenge of the Blue Samurai 6,454 56,742 3DS Konami
New 18. Robotics;Notes Elite 5,467 New PSV 5pb.
12. 19. Pokémon X and Y 4,641 4,092,653 3DS Pokémon Co.
17. 20. Monster Hunter 4 4,250 3,300,689 3DS Capcom


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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.