Demon's Souls Vastly Exceeds Sales Expectations In US
It's always satisfying to be part of an industry where the maxim, "quality sells" remains mostly true.
After Heavy Rain topped 1 million in sales worldwide (the original prediction was between 200,000 and 300,000), another relatively unique and potentially risky title has exceeded expectations. But firstly, let's recognize the success of the PSP's Shin Megami Tensei: Portable; Index Holdings (of which Atlus is a fully owned subsidiary) has announced that it has sold 225,000 units. This number is well above the estimated 170,000 initially anticipated and as for the modest expectations surrounding Shin Megami Tensei: Persona in North America, the game has sold 49,000 units, easily topping the predicted 35,000. And last but not least is Demon's Souls, one of 2009's best: Atlus only expected to sell around 75,000 units in North America but instead, the stellar RPG has managed to sell 280,000 copies in this region. Obviously, this is great news for both Atlus and gamers, as it proves that well-received titles worthy of recognition continue to obtain that recognition. No, Demon's Souls won't sell as much as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 but that's an unfair comparison on a number of different levels.
If you haven't yet picked up Demon's Souls and you're always on the lookout for a great RPG, we're not sure how you missed it. Fair warning, though: it's gonna be a challenge!
4/14/2010 2:56:35 PM Ben Dutka