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Techland’s Dying Light was top selling game in January

by William Schwartz

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Techland’s Dying Light was the top-selling game in January, according to NPD data.  The first-person, zombie infested open world of Harran was apparently a big draw for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC owners.

A new IP in the survival horror genre, Dying Light held off Advanced Warfare, Grand Theft Auto V, and Minecraft to secure the top spot on the chart.  Even crazier is that the game launched at the tail-end of the month.

Dying Light was one of the first big releases of the year, and apparently users were ready to shake off the dust and try something new.  You can find our review of Dying Light here.

Dying Light now holds the record for highest first month sales for a new IP in the survival horror genre

The rest of NPD’s Top 10 of January looked like this:

1. Dying Light (PS4, Xbox One, PC; Warner Bros.)
2. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare  (Xbox One ,PS4, 360, PS3, PC; Activision Blizzard)
3. Grand Theft Auto V  (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3; Take-Two Interactive)
4. Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4; Microsoft)
5. NBA 2K15 (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC; Take-Two Interactive)
6. Super Smash Bros. (Wii U, 3DS; Nintendo)
7. Far Cry 4 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC; Ubisoft)
8. Madden NFL 15 (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3; Electronic Arts)
9. Destiny  (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3; Activision Blizzard)
10. FIFA 15  (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, Wii, Vita, 3DS; Electronic Arts)

Of all games sold in January, The Xbox One sold more games per console than on any other platform.  Good news for Microsoft, despite their Xbox One being passed again by Sony’s PS4 in Hardware sales.

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