Demon's Souls Manages To Sell 250,000 In US
Demon's Souls was a blessing for every hardcore role-playing fan out there and the critics loved it. But that doesn't always translate to financial success.
And it all depends on your perspective. You shouldn't expect such a game to rake in the huge sales totals of a massive multiplatform title, nor could it even compete with a giant exclusive like Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. After all, we're talking about a pure, demanding RPG. But even so, the numbers for the US aren't terrible: according to a 1Up report, Atlus has managed to sell around 250,000 copies of Demon's Souls in this region. That's a damn good number, especially considering that initial shipments only numbered 15,000; good word of mouth and high critical acclaim really helped to push that stat higher over time. Evidently, Atlus is satisfied with these results as they partly attribute their 8% year-over-year rise to sales of Demon's Souls in the US. We assume From Software is working on a sequel right now and fans are hoping it won't take as long to reach North American shores. Perhaps these strong sales will result in a faster localization process the second time around; there's little doubt that a sequel will be very appreciated by RPG lovers.
Essentially, though, this represents the power of super high review scores. Had the scores been lower, you probably would be looking at a huge bomb of a game. Well, that didn't happen 'cuz Demon's Souls is great.
3/16/2010 9:19:42 PM Ben Dutka