The lights are on
For a game that has all the marks of being a niche release -- obscure RPG mechanics, extreme difficulty, etc. -- Dark Souls has been gaining an incredible amount of buzz. The first-week sales results are in from Japan, and this latest challenge from From Software has come out on top.
Kotaku reports that following last week's launch of Dark Souls in Japan, the game sold a very impressive 279,567 copies. As a point of comparison, when Dark Souls predecessor Demon's Souls released in Japan in early 2009, its first-week sales were a measly 40,000. That title grew from word of mouth and went on to perform quite well, but it's nice to see Dark Souls kicking off with some steam from the start.
The next-closest title on the Japanese charts last week was Sony's Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection, also just-released, which sold just under 100,000 copies.
If news of its early success just makes you more eager to play Dark Souls for yourself, you don't have to wait much longer. The difficult game will release in North America for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 next week. Watch for my review then, and in the mean time check out a full and terrifying level from the game on the latest episode of Reiner & Phil.
might have to get the first one, always up for a challenge
Finally a Souls game is getting the sales it deserves.
Cant wait to play this! Looks like the kind of deep sword play ive been craving with a difficulty that rewards patience and multiple attempt makes this game a must buy for me!
Not for PC :(
It's great to see that this game is getting the sales it deserves. I can't wait until I get a chance to play it. I'm sure From Software has created another amazing experience.
That's awesome. I hope the people here in North America help it sell even more than that next week =) I loved Demon's Souls and watching Reiner&Phil the other day only made me wanna play it even more!!!
So glad to see this game getting the attention it deserves. From Software really seems to have delivered on the promises they made, and game sites are doing a fantastic job giving them the respect they deserve!
Looking forward to the review, I'm sure it'll be awesome.
Looking forward to this.
I'll see you soon Phil.
I'm really glad to hear this game is selling so well, as I won't be able to pick it up right away with all of these other great games getting released around the same time. Good job on From Software!
Very happy to see this game doing well so far. Hope this can continue.