Killzone 2 shifts 20,000 copies on Japanese launch day
- Posted April 25th, 2009 at 00:59 EDT by Eric Blattberg
- 42 Comments
Killzone 2 just debuted in Japan and sold very well considering its genre. PS3center reports that the game sold a very respectable 20,000 units on launch day, with some retailers scrambling to find more copies.
It's not a secret that the Japanese have little love for first person shooters. After the westernization of Metal Gear Solid 4, however, the region seems a bit more willing to give the genre a chance, as evidenced by these solid sales numbers.
Killzone 2 seems to be resonating with Japan's gaming press as well. Famitsu awarded the game 32/40 points (8/8/8/8), while Dengeki PlayStation's four scores were 90/85/80/80.
The best opening week in Japan for a first person shooter this generation was the debut of Halo 3, which sold just over 60,000 units its first week. Will Sev topple Master Chief? We'll let you know when the week concludes.
- 8:01pm EDT - April 24th, 2009
It's always Halo vs. Killzone isn't it?
- 8:01pm EDT - April 24th, 2009
Wow, very nice. Japan getting some big numbers on a FPS is definitely something you don't see very often.
- 8:04pm EDT - April 24th, 2009
WTF!? i did not expect it to this well in japan they usually don't go for FPS, but it IS KZ2
- 8:06pm EDT - April 24th, 2009
What scores did halo 3 get in japan?
- 8:08pm EDT - April 24th, 2009
Halo 3 scored 37/40 in Famitsu.
- 8:11pm EDT - April 24th, 2009
20k doesn't seem like much.
- 8:21pm EDT - April 24th, 2009
good news, we should be seeing some new cannon fodder in the servers now then LOL
- 8:30pm EDT - April 24th, 2009
You bash ps3 on every article, Give it a rest.
If you read the article you would know why 20k is good for a FPS In Japan.
which is mostly a RPG country.
- 8:50pm EDT - April 24th, 2009
i'm shock but i see asian names in killzone all the time weather if there from japan or not they there.
FPSgamer | niminum239
- 8:55pm EDT - April 24th, 2009
That's a lot! Gotta love Japan for supporting the PS3.
- 8:57pm EDT - April 24th, 2009
Color me surprised! I don't expect KZ to be a blockbuster game in Japan but it's good to see GG putting their mark on a "hostile" market to FPS games.
It really was a damn good game in its own right, hype or no hype.
- 9:22pm EDT - April 24th, 2009
MGS4 wasnt all that westernized, What just because it has a first person view? and yet Kojima still talks about westernizing his games? Cant it just be that they want something Scifi that isnt another gundam game?
- 9:34pm EDT - April 24th, 2009
Damn I cannot believe Playstation fans didn't go out and support K2.. it was a great game and I believe should have atleast sold 2M through its first 30 days on the market. Atleast someof the Japs are picking it up
- 9:42pm EDT - April 24th, 2009
Killzone 2 best shooter i've ever played hands down. I have halo 2 and halo 1. I've played halo 3 it's no fun... Halo 1 was amazing though. After that they started to decline, and it became too hollywood. Killzone 2 is also the smoothest best looking online FPS I've ever witnessed and its so gorgeous. Its so perfect. Peace.
- 9:54pm EDT - April 24th, 2009
lawl MGS4 is not a FPS
also i think KZ2 can outsell Halo 3's first week figures. after all, it did just get 20 000 in one day, imagine what it can do in seven days
- 10:28pm EDT - April 24th, 2009
I fully believe that killzone 2 will attract lot's of new fans in Japan, the japanese know quality when they see it.
- 11:28pm EDT - April 24th, 2009
still gotta buy it, but im broke right now and got finals coming up
- 12:11am EDT - April 25th, 2009
@15 - I wasn't calling MGS4 an FPS. I was simply saying that since MGS4 included more western mechanics, Japanese gamers might be more willing to try western games.
- 12:53am EDT - April 25th, 2009
so that makes it 1,020,000 sold! i swear that must be off. its got to have sold more than a mil. my xbox friend has been playing this game nonstop, so it is a good game, sony just has to market their games more i guess.
- 2:43am EDT - April 25th, 2009
go sev go!
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