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Elden Ring has sold over 16.6 million copies since launch

Bandai Namco's recent financial reporting marks Elden Ring as the best-selling FromSoftware title yet by far.

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It’s no secret that Elden Ring is good and players around the world love it. However, it seems to have caught fire in a way that even some of the most beloved FromSoftware games have been able to achieve. In recent financial reporting, Bandai Namco shared that Elden Ring has sold over 16.6 million copies since its release in February, making it the best-selling FromSoftware game by a rather wide margin.

Bandai Namco recently revealed some sales figures for its previous quarter via its Investor Relations website, with some color added in post-report statements, as reported by Gamebiz.jp. It was in that reporting that Bandai Namco shared its impressive milestone. Reportedly, across all platforms and since Elden Ring came out February 2022, the game has moved over 16.6 million copies worldwide. It helped contribute to an overall videogame sales number totaling 40.5 billion yen for Bandai Namco, which is a 55 percent increase over the same period for the company from last year. What’s more, Elden Ring is catching up to the sales figures for the entire Dark Souls series, which currently sit at around 27 million. The game already beat out Sekiro by a wide margin, which has reportedly sold over 5 million copies.

Three warriors facing down a giant golem in Elden Ring.
Elden Ring has soared past expectations according to Bandai Namco's reporting, crossing over 16.6 million copies sold.
Source: Bandai Namco

Elden Ring was a fantastic release for FromSoftware, even putting the sales figures aside. The game came out to rave reviews, including a lot of love here in our own Shacknews review. It features a delightfully expansive world with a lot of freedom for players to chase after whatever adventure they choose on their quest to defeat demigods in the Lands Between. Elden Ring has even seen improvements since launch that expanded features like summoning and PVP, though no DLC for the game has been mentioned quite yet.

With Elden Ring having crossed 16.6 million units sold, it will be interesting to see what comes next for Bandai Namco and FromSoftware. With the question of DLC or other expanded content still up in the air, stay tuned for more details and updates here at Shacknews.

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From The Chatty
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    August 18, 2022 10:25 AM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Elden Ring has sold over 16.6 million copies since launch

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      August 18, 2022 10:47 AM

      TJ, it would be helpful to know how these numbers compare against other highly successful games. Hard to wrap my head around what this specific number means. Is it a Call of Duty kind of number? Does it compare to huge mainstream RPG franchises like Zelda, Diablo, Elder Scrolls, etc?

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        August 18, 2022 11:26 AM

        It means a billion dollars in revenue is what it means. Who cares how it compares! I’d be interested in the games budget.

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        August 18, 2022 11:26 AM

        Call of Duty: Vanguard sold 13.4 million copies as of May 2022 according to Forbes. However, it's also not a very good game and has performed poorly among the franchise. https://www.forbes.com/sites/paultassi/2022/05/13/npd-elden-ring-has-now-outsold-call-of-duty-vanguard

        The most telling number here (included in the article) is that Elden Ring has already sold over half as many copies as the entirety of the Dark Souls franchise combined, and three times as many copies as Sekiro, which was also highly reviewed and applauded (GOTY at The Game Awards for the year it came out)

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          August 18, 2022 11:43 AM

          people just need their COD fix, because battlefield flopped, so they "put up with" black ops and vanguard being trash just to play a new shooter.

          COD MW2 and Warzone 2 however will see the next phase of "literally everyone bought it and is playing/streaming it"

          I don't know what MW sold, but MW2 will sell probably double it

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        August 18, 2022 11:40 AM

        it would be interesting if these numbers were actually available, in complete/unfiltered format. but alas

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        August 18, 2022 3:30 PM

        I don’t have time to dig up all the figures that are out there (getting sales figures for individual games is like running through a death maze), but it’s basically the top selling game of 2022 so far.

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      August 18, 2022 5:54 PM

      expansion pack plz. Do other From Software games have expansion packs? Or only new games/sequels...

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        August 18, 2022 6:15 PM

        Souls 1 had a single DLC pack, Souls 2 had 3 "Seasonal DLC" packs, Souls 3 had 2 "Seasonal DLC" packs.
        Sekiro hates us.

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        August 18, 2022 6:21 PM

        I think they’ve made it pretty clear there will be Elden Ring DLC, but it’s not 100% officially announced yet. There’s probably some turmoil as to whether it would require postponing the Armored Core game announcement/release. I’m sure that’s something Bandai Namco would like, but not FromSoftware.

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          August 18, 2022 7:11 PM

          It feels really weird to be six months after release of the biggest game of the year, and still having absolutely zero word about DLC or expansion content. Would have thought they'd want to keep the marketing buzz alive!

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            August 18, 2022 9:30 PM

            They had two different teams on two different games, with one game taking longer than expected but also becoming a hit beyond all their projections and expectations. I think now they’re stuck with a serious scheduling question: potentially water down the full earning impact for ER by coming out with another game before ER DLC is fully ready for prime time or take a risk and blow up twice in a row with an Armored Core that give people the sci-fi FromSoftware game that people have been dreaming about.

            I’ve played the old Miyazaki Armored Core games. They’re not exactly like Souls. Could be a shock to people who haven’t played them before, but it could be that they’ll hit as a progression for Hard Game Club and evolve into a multiplayer game beyond the Souls challenge. I personally hope they’ll take the risk and get AC out there and just grow the studio to support two massive IP instead of just one! From everything Miyazaki has said, it sounds like they’re going to go for it!

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      August 18, 2022 6:21 PM

      Good can they start selling it for half price now? Thanks.

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        August 18, 2022 7:53 PM

        You have no idea how much more it's worth than its price tag.

        As soon as I get the PC rig updated I'm totally buying it again

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          August 18, 2022 9:10 PM

          From past should games I probably have 3 hours played so half price is my impulse try

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