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Days Gone's Japan launch week beats God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn

Published: 16:04, 08 May 2019
Key art for SIE Bend Studio's open world survival Days Gone
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Days Gone may have not been everyone's cup of tea, which the reviews indeed showed, but when it comes to the game's performance in Japan, SIE Bend have every reason to be proud as they beat God of War, Horizon: Zero Dawn and Detroit: BH.

Obviously, Japanese gamers can't get enough of Deacon as Days Gone sold 114,319 copies in the week from 22-28 April 2019.

This turns out to be western Sony's third biggest launch, right after Spider-Man, which sold 132,520 copies, and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, which sold 124,020 copies.

Days Gone is doing great, all things considered, having beaten God of War's opening week in Japan by a hefty margin. Namely, Santa Monica studio's reinventing of Kratos only managed 50,257 copies there.

Interestingly, God of War sold only slightly higher than Detroit: Become Human, which sold 30,220 copies in its opening week.

Horizon: Zero Dawn did much better than God of War, but its opening week had 109,739 sales, which is almost 5,000 copies less than Days Gone. 

Moreover, when it comes to new IPs, Days Gone is Sony's biggest new IP launch in Japan, seeing as how Uncharted 4 is a sequel and Marvel's Spider-Man isn't exactly a new IP.

In that respect, we do believe that congratulations are in order, as Days Gone has obviously struck a chord with Japanese gamers, which, as the numbers show, isn't that easy.

Days Gone launched on 26 April 2019, and while it didn't set the world alight with inventiveness, there's far more good to be said about the game than there is bad.

In fact, lack of inventiveness and a few bugs are the only things that you could point at as negative.

Dig underneath though, and you'll find a solid game with plenty of hours of equally solid fun, although your enjoyment of missions is likely to depend on your personal preferences.

Game Data Library Chart showing first week sales of Sony exclusives in Japan Days Gone vs. rest of PS4 exclusives in Japan

So there you have it, God of War and Horizon: Zero Dawn may rule the west but when it comes to the Land of the Rising Sun, Deacon St. John is their Dad of War. 

You can check for yourself on Game Data Library .

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