Unlike Resident Evil 5, Resident Evil 6 has failed to reach the top of the UK games chart on release. Despite an early Tuesday release last week (games are traditionally released in the UK on Friday), the game failed to beat FIFA 13 to the number one position, which was the UK's best selling game for the second week running.
UK games chart compiler Chart-Track does not release sales data to the public, but its report on this week's chart highlights the success of EA Sports' football title over Capcom's action game. The site says that while Resident Evil 6's launch was the fourth biggest of 2012 to date, FIFA 13 "easily" held on to the number one spot on the All Formats Chart despite dropping 72 per cent of its sales over last week.
Looking back at reports released by Chart-Track in 2009, Resident Evil 6's performance is in stark contrast to that of its predecessor. The outfit reported that Resident Evil 5 was both the fastest selling game in franchise history and Capcom’s biggest ever launch when it landed in the UK on March 13, 2009. It added that the game accounted for 27.1 per cent of all revenue from console games on launch week, which equated to slightly more than the combined sales of all the remaining all formats top 10 titles for that week, and its sales figures surpassed sales of FIFA 09’s Christmas number one week from the previous year.
For more on Resident Evil 6, check out our full review.