It seems like The Evil Within is a hit! Wow, for as polarizing of a reception as the game has received, many have looked past the critics’ squabblings and purchased the game anyway. In fact, enthusiastic audiences have done that to the point where it is the best selling new franchise survival horror game of all time in its first month.
According to the NPD results, The Evil Within closed in at the number 3 spot on its Top 10 Software Sales List for all five versions of the game, behind Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS and NBA 2K15. Bethesda has not yet released the official sales results, but after having 22 days to beat out other heavy hitters, it has to have done quite well for itself. NPD makes the declaration based on these statistics.
If you think about it though, this does make a lot of sense. Most of our popular survival-horror franchises like Resident Evil and Silent Hill had their first games come out when the genre was still relatively new and unknown. Many did not catch on to Resident Evil until the second game, and others were still playing Metal Gear Solid when Silent Hill came out. Parasite Eve was not the big hit as Squaresoft was hoping for, and what else is there, really? Alone in the Dark, Clock Tower? Both from an older day.
The best competition I can think of for The Evil Within would be the first Dead Space game and The Last of Us. Dead Space was a great game that did not do as well as EA was hoping for, with the company giving CEO John Riccitiello a slap on the wrist for taking gambles on games like it and Mirror’s Edge. The other game, The Last of Us, was also a great survival horror game that broke all kinds of pre-order records… exclusively on the PlayStation 3.
The Evil Within is a well known game, has a well known director, is on five platforms, and has the benefit of being a new IP in the modern age where launches are a huge event, unlike in the PlayStation days when video games were more of a slow burn. Not to take anything away from The Evil Within, because its one of my favorite games of the year, but this record makes a lot of sense.
Be sure to play it whenever you get the chance on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.