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Dark Souls sells big numbers in NA and EU, boosting Namco Bandai

Namco Bandai announced strong sales today in an earnings report revealing their business activity in 2011. The numbers were buoyed by a strong performance by Dark Souls as well as Ace Combat: Assault Horizon.

Both of those games managed to push above the 1 million mark with Ace Combat netting 1.07 million sales, and Dark Souls hitting 1.19 million in North American and Europe alone.

When combined with the Japanese sales figures from last November, 370,000 units, that means Dark Souls has sold well over 1.5 million and counting. And with the PC version of the game finally on its way in August, we fully expect this unlikely superstar to hit 2 million units sold by its one year anniversary.

Isn't it just heart-warming when hardcore games manage to reach retail success? Maybe we're still feeling burned after the relative failures of games like Okami, but every time we hear about Dark Souls' success we get so proud.

Especially considering we were incredibly pleased that Dark Souls' predecessor Demon's Souls sold 500,000 copies. Now we're looking at quadruple that number. 

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12 comments

  • Lucas - May 9, 2012 10:24 a.m.

    Nice! Can't wait to play that game on the PC!
  • DASHONFIRE - May 9, 2012 10:26 a.m.

    Well deserved and congratz is all I can say really. That and Demon's Souls are my two all-time favorite games so I am very happy with their success. Looking forward to getting it again for PC!
  • TheHowetzer - May 9, 2012 10:48 a.m.

    Its a great game, it deserves its success. I saw you guys found some time to toss in another Okami reference though, great...you guys can really tell how great thats working out can't you?
  • Rub3z - May 9, 2012 11:04 a.m.

    It just never quite feels like a proper GamesRadar article if there isn't a mention of Okami somewhere, does it? :P
  • TheHowetzer - May 9, 2012 12:21 p.m.

    Exactly Rub3z.
  • ChaosEternal - May 9, 2012 2:40 p.m.

    They should hide a reference to Okami in the code of the website. (If they haven't already. :3) And glad to see Dark Souls did so well! I'll need to buy it someday. :D
  • BladedFalcon - May 9, 2012 1:38 p.m.

    Pretty awesome news! sequel or not, I'm just happy to hear that the game did well ^^ Same for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon.
  • talleyXIV - May 9, 2012 2:30 p.m.

    Yeah that truly gives me a little bit of hope in gamers.
  • Imgema - May 9, 2012 5:49 p.m.

    That's great news! My faith in the gaming community and industry has been slightly restored. Dark Souls, one of the very few truly challenging and deep games. No hand holding, no endless cut scenes and chatter with obnoxious characters, a superb level design that allows freedom and plenty of exploration, tons of well hidden secrets and mysteries, a very deep combat system, nice and dark atmosphere... It deserves every single copy sold.
  • ThundaGawd - May 9, 2012 6:13 p.m.

    Hopefully they can put that revenue to use by making the PC version of Dark Souls run on something other than Games For Windows Live =/ I'm still (re)buying the PC version regardless of the nline client they'll be using simply so that may play it with friends, and hopefully achieve a better framerate than I did on my PS3. However, Games For Windows Live is quite laggy, based on my past experiences, and lag is one of the main reasons I never bothered playing through it a second time, although I very much wish I could. I would always get killed by laggy players invading my world because I could never get a hit on them (I insisted on playing online because I enjoyed the Covenant I was a part of, and playing offline would have taken lot away from that =/) So if the game is indeed fated to be released on GFWL, then so be it, but it will take away a whole lot of enjoyment for the vast majority of potential players =/
  • boondocks50 - May 10, 2012 2:24 a.m.

    good, it deserves it
  • ObliqueZombie - May 11, 2012 12:47 a.m.

    This might be one of the best RPGs I've ever had the pleasure of playing (and getting really, really frustrated with). The invasions may not be too much fun, but the art style, combat system, and hidden pathways/weapons/bosses are all true Japanese fashion, minus the half-naked female character. This is the best Western-meets-Japanese creation I've ever seen. p.s.: If you're waiting for the PC version, don't. Unless you don't have the biggest itch to play it and severely don't want to trudge through some questionable frame-rate at times, then I suggest waiting. But you MUST play this game if you crave a challenge and need more satisfaction from beating a boss, not to mention finally getting enough souls to level up.

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