Bandai Namco's reboot of their classic weapon fighting franchise is off to a good start, selling within reason for a fighting game in the Japanese market. However, it still shadowed under the publisher's iconic fighter, Tekken 7.
According to the ranking charts by Media Create via 4Gamer, Soul Calibur VI sold 24,049 units on its launch week, ranking in 3rd following the blockbuster titles Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Super Mario Party. Otherwise the game did not face strong competition, as the only other anticipated launch title in the same week was the HD remaster version of Dark Souls, which ranked 4th.
Compared to other launch week sales of recent fighting games, Soul Calibur VI sold a bit more than The King Of Fighters XIV but not enough to be in the range of the leading e-sports title, Street Fighter V. In comparison to Bandai Namco's very own signature franchise, Tekken 7, it sold less than half.
Below are Japanese launch week sales for current-generation console fighter titles.
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT - 105,667 units (PS4)
DragonBall Fighterz - 68,731 units (PS4)
Tekken 7 - 58,736 units (PS4)
Street Fighter V - 41,990 units (PS4)
Blazblue Central Fiction - 30,282 units (PS4+PS3)
Soul Calibur VI - 24,049 units (PS4)
The King Of Fighters XIV - 20,655 units (PS4)
Ultra Street Fighter II - 16,404 units (Switch)
Blazblue Cross Tag Battle - 15,967 units (PS4+Switch)
SNK Heroines - 15,511 units (PS4+Switch)
Guilty Gear Xrd Rev2 - 10,609 units (PS4)
Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite - 8,273 units (PS4)
Undernight In-Birth Exe：Late[st] - 5,013 units (PS4)
Blade Strangers - 1,147 units (PS4+Switch)*1
*1- Switch launch sales for Blade Strangers is out of rank and has not been counted