Well ladies and gentlemen, Ninja Theory‘s reboot of the Devil May Cry series has been out for just over a week and now, finally, the global sales figures for the first week have been made public thanks to the good people over at VGChartz. That being said, how did DmC: Devil may Cry hold up in just its first week on the shelves? Well, to the disdain of those who enjoyed the game, it fails to make a dent in the sales numbers of Devil May Cry 4.
These figures are taken directly from VGChartz but because of the wide range of release dates for Devil May Cry 4 (January 31 – February 8th, well over a week) the first week of global sales for the game only count Japan as when the data was collected, Japan was the only country with access to the game. So, to make the comparison fair, what I have done is used the week 2 global sales figures for Devil May Cry 4 and subtracted Japan’s week 2 sales, leaving only the first week of sales for the game in all countries.
Without further ado, here are the numbers:
Xbox 360 sales
- DmC: Devil may Cry sold 183,109 units globally, in its first week.
- Devil May Cry 4 sold 412,423 units globally, in its first week.
Playstation 3 sales
- DmC: Devil may Cry sold 362,982 units globally, in its first week.
- Devil May Cry 4 sold 519,838 units globally, in its first week.
So, that means the total figures for the global first week of sales are:
- DmC: Devil may Cry sold 546,091 units.
- Devil May Cry 4 sold 932,261 units.
So, not only did DmC fail to meet the sales mark that DMC4 set but it did so by almost 400,000 units.
So, what does this mean for DmC: Devil may Cry? Well, at this point in time its hard to tell for sure but it does set a worrying precedent for the rest of the title’s life-cycle. After all, many people speculate that the current video game industry favours first week sales above all else. And of course, the general trend for a video game’s sales is to go down after the first week, not up. Of course, it’s entirely possible that DmC will linger on the charts and will have a much greater final number of sales.
But why are the first week of sales numbers so massively different? Well, there are plenty of reasons. It’s possible that the significant controversy surrounding the game has put off potential buyers for the meantime or that the departure of the core fans of the old series left a gap to big to fill. I for one will certainly continue monitoring the sales of the game- after all the fate of the Devil May Cry series does indeed rest on the what happens in relation to this game.