Game publisher Bandai Namco officially announces that developer From Software’s Dark Souls 3 hits the landmark of having 3 million units ship worldwide.
In a press release circulated by Bandai Namco and translated from Japanese to English by the fine folks over at Gematsu, it has now been revealed that Dark Souls 3, the third entry in From Software’s famously challenging franchise, has surpassed more than 3 million worldwide shipments of the title. Not only do these figures break sales records to make the game the fastest-selling title for Bandai Namco, but also the numbers have pushed the release to the point of giving it the biggest launch in the action-RPG’s entire series.
Tallied up, the 3 million units of Dark Souls 3 that have shipped add to the franchise’s total of more than 13 million copies of the series’ games having been circulated around the globe. When breaking down the amount of sold-in units for Dark Souls 3, Bandai Namco explained that the title was the most popular in North America and Europe, where it shipped 1.5 million and 1 million copies respectively. Interestingly enough, however, the game only moved 500,000 copies in Japan and Asia.
It’s important to note for those unaware that these numbers for Dark Souls 3 don’t signify actual sales to customers, but rather units shipped to retailers. No doubt, though, the fact that the third entry in the action-RPG franchise is the end of the series will eventually translate to buku bucks, as many long-time fans will eventually purchase the title to round out their collection.
It makes perfect sense as to why Dark Souls 3 has gone on to become such a success, as developers not only publicized it relentlessly up until its release with multiple gameplay video previews and launch trailers, but also crafted what many consider to be the sturdiest and most enjoyable installment in the franchise. After all, many critic’s reviews were positive, praising the game’s ability to utilize the best of older entries while retaining its own unique integrity, and offering up a truly difficult adventure.
Of course, when the first of the the two DLC expansions for Dark Souls 3 arrives this fall, the game’s sales will certainly be goosed yet again, which gives it the potential to become the highest grossing title in the series. Not to mention, the resounding success of Dark Souls 3 should also help From Software’s new IP gain some steam once the developer finally goes on to announce exactly what it’s planning for its next project.
What do you think about Dark Souls 3 shipping 3 million units worldwide? Would you have guessed the number at this point would have been more or less? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Dark Souls 3 is out now and is available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.