Dark Souls 2 ships 1.2 million copies in three weeks -- How many times have you died so far?

Role-playing game developed by From Software crosses seven figures less than a month after release.

From Software's latest role-playing game, Dark Souls II, shipped 1.2 million copies in three weeks, publisher Namco Bandai announced today as part of its latest earnings report for the year ended March 31. This figure does not include sales of the PC version (which launched in April), nor sales from Japan, a region in which, as Joystiq notes, From Software publishes the game on its own.

To put Dark Souls II's 1.2 million shipped figure into context, the original Dark Souls shipped about 1.5 million units in a month. That game went on to sell about 2.4 million units to date.

Other top-sellers for Namco Bandai this fiscal year included God Eater 2 (700,000 units in Japan only), Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z (620,000 units worldwide), JoJo's Bizarre Adventure All Star Battle (550,000 units in Japan only), and Disney Magic Castle My Happy Life (500,000 units in Japan only).

Overall, Namco Bandai posted revenue of ¥507 billion ($4.9 billion) for the year, a 4.2 percent increase from last year. Profit was a different story, however, falling 22.6 percent to ¥25 billion ($246.2 million)

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UbiTricked
UbiTricked

This game is a botched, poor attempt of a game. Even if they patch it enough so it's finally playable on PC, I'm not sure I'd be tempted to try it again.


I don't understand what some people see in it.

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

Awesome game.  Though, the disadvantage to being a full magic build is not being able to have armor like in the picture for the article.  Still, I prefer it over the first Dark Souls.  However, Demon's Souls is still my favorite in the series, but Dark Souls 2 did a nice job mixing what I liked in Demon's Souls and Dark Souls.

ParanoidPaal
ParanoidPaal

Praise the Sun! and then Praise The Sun!

Darkmoone1
Darkmoone1

Oh Dark Souls......you never disappoint me.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I have died way more times so far than I did with Demon's and Dark Souls. I am haven't completed my first playthrough yet but I have definitely had a harder time with this game than I did for the first two. Everyone has different experiences with these games which is one thing that makes them so unique. For example, it seems like people have trouble with different bosses than others. I for one, didn't find Orenstein and Smough to be uber hard like pretty much everyone else, but there were bosses that kicked my ass that other people didn't have so much trouble with. I have seen numerous examples like that.

Karchy
Karchy

Dark Souls 2 is a let down (compared to DS 1)

Project Beast might be the saviour

clqtte
clqtte

I already died..a lot from Dark Souls 1 ........

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Dark souls was better I passed on the second in the series hopefully the next entry is a improvement.

Erebus
Erebus

Only a million? If only people knew.....

This game is just like Zelda.


...if Zelda went to hell.

RenegadesXG
RenegadesXG

Love the pve part of it but pvp is honestly a disaster...

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

How many times have i died by now?

Let me think..........none.....zero....zilch...nada


The fact that i never played the game helps a lot on my record...

VoidSECT
VoidSECT

It deserves more! i just beat NG++ i can't stop playing it, addiction level is too damn HIGH!! :P

Napalm_354
Napalm_354

Got one of my characters to NG++ for a plat trophy. What a drag, making ppl play through the game almost 3 times, just to be able to buy 3 spells. Otherwise have about 6 characters at the end of NG. Still I think DS1 is a better game, at least from the level design perspective. The more I play DS2 the more I see all the corners they've cut. I mean look at those rooms that hold primal bonfires and some of the "hidden" fires (Aida's keep, Drangelic castle, Earthen Peak...), mostly 4 by 4 walls, which look like my attempts at using Quake 3 level editor when I got it back then and figured out that I suck at level layout. In DS1 they were always in a ruin or some such, so you never had to asks "what's that box doing here?"


And those sliding secret walls......argghhhhh, reminds me of times when I was running along the wall in Doom 2 pressing the spacebar...


Good game, but not better than DS1

thorn3000
thorn3000

257 times am shortly before the end of normal new game

BuBsay
BuBsay

I've been having a great time playing it so far and have poured over 60 hours into the PC version already, coming up on NG+2 now. And in a lot of ways I think it's largely better than Dark Souls 1.


I will say though that I have been kind of disappointed in the boss design (both graphically and mechanically) in comparison to Dark Souls 1. Bosses like the Gaping Dragon just had such a visual impact on you when you walked in the room, as compared to something like the Covetous Demon. And not to mention that going in without reading any guides or watching any videos I was able to beat almost every boss on my first or second try. I never had a real challenging boss like O&S or the Four Kings.

Sozialminister
Sozialminister

Havent checked my death count so far, since i was always playing online. But I can easily guess that I didnt die as often as in the previous games. Mostly the optional bosses gave me trouble. Some levels were really too easy in DS2 and there were even a handful of bosses I killed easily in the first try. Even the final story boss.


I hope they will make it a whole lot harder again when they do an PS-exclusive next time.

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

I'd say my favorite bosses were Pursuer, Smelter Demon, Demon of Song and of course Old Dragonslayer. The Lost Sinner, The Duke's Dear Freja, Mytha The Baneful Queen in poison and Ruin Sentinels (Yahim, Ricce, Alessia) solo on NG+ are an absolute horrendous nightmare :)

jagdedge124
jagdedge124

So what that means is the game failed, and did not exceed expectations despite monstrous advertising and lobbying efforts by this and other Gaming Sites. In fact, the original DS with a lack thereof sold roughly the same. NHL 14 sold 484,000 it's first month, and MOH Warfighter (a failed game by most everyones expectations) sold 3.5 million. 

So, what was all this hype and bs all about? Their profits are down, and the Company may be bought out. Lesson? Nobody wants to die a million times (unless you're a nut), and the game was really not as good as it's original. Lesson learned.

Darkmoone1
Darkmoone1

@Karchy  

To each their own, but I found DS2 to be a worthy sequal to DS1.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Erebus Kinda, the gameplay in Dark Souls is much tighter. But I kinda see where you are coming from.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@VoidSECT  lol im stuck on vendrick (the 2nd one where u need the giant souls to make him easier). Also stuck on the ancient dragon boss and been trying to do the pilgrims of dark quests but not had much luck there either. Other than that though I have found the game relatively easy compared to ds1.

pulamata
pulamata

@BuBsay  agree on all accounts. With your new game+ playthrough join the company of champions..hard mode of dark souls 2


thorn3000
thorn3000

@eternal_napalm old dragonslayer was a beast with my first play sorcerer, never played Souls before and choosing sorcerer first time around wasn't probably the best idea, but lol died on him many times but was fun and good music during the fight

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@jagdedge124   Does someone have actual figures regarding if this game is going to be profitable or not (and if you do please provide reference to the source)?  I would love to actually 'know' whether this is making them money or not.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@jagdedge124 Well, Justin Bieber is a pretty popular guy. Does that automatically make him a talented singer? Does it mean he is better than AC/DC, The Beatles, etc.? 

Just because something sells good (read Call of Duty), does not mean that it is actually any good, only that it caters to the brainless masses.

BuBsay
BuBsay

@jagdedge124 Their profits are down? I've heard everything to the contrary.

As already pointed out it's a matter of funding that went into the game as well as the revenue stream from sold games. For many smaller companies selling 1.2 million copies (plus probably double that if we include PC numbers and Japanese gamers) is a windfall equivalent to a massive company like EA or Activision selling 7-10 million copies.

It's the same reason why Tomb Raider sold about 4 million copies in its first year and was somehow such a massive failure for Square Enix (honestly how they spent that much of a budget on that game is beyond me) that it's since sent them into a tailspin of financial losses. And on the other hand Witcher 2 has sold about 4 million copies, which has given CDProjektRED more money than they know what to do with now.

pcty
pcty

@jagdedge124 The development cost of the game and the budget that From Software had is a mere fraction of the budget that EA invested in MOH Warfighter so anything bigger than 1million copies is a success also as stated in the article that number doesn't include the japanese numbers and the PC sales so they don't tell the whole story. DS2 was the top seller Bandai Namco game and it helped the company to increase their profit so I'm pretty sure they are very happy about the franchise.

pizzaman107
pizzaman107

@Aaronp2k @VoidSECT  the pilgrims of dark dungeons were impossible with my 150 lvl light mellee.Had to respec to a faith build and spammed great lightning spears.Very easily beaten with that.

02pheland
02pheland

@BoromiRwcgeorge  goto offline mode and then interact with the pillar thing buy covenant of the blue in majula, it will say worldwide deaths and since you are offline it will only show your deaths

pizzaman107
pizzaman107

@pulamata  i rly think it should warn you of what the champions covenant does.i immediately joined it when i first went to majula and only found out it makes the game harder when i almost rage quit fighting the bastille bosses.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@pulamata  ancient dragon, 2nd vendrick boss seem to be the hardest of the lot. of course I have not fought the final boss yet though.

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

Yeah Old Dragonslayer was awesome, the music for him and Ruin Sentinels are two of the best soundtracks I ever heard

jagdedge124
jagdedge124

@spacecadet25 @jagdedge124  Well that's a great question, and i feel THE question being the answer is unfortunately no. Reason for that being, a few years ago, new criteria and laws were passed having Gaming Companies shielded so to speak, about making disclosures about "costs" in relation to how monies are spent, say on Engineering and R&D as compared to Advertising dollars. 

In the past, access to that information was readily available, so to put it in very generic terms, you can see if the company spent 1,000 Dollars (US) last game, and spent 800 dollars this time, putting the other 200 into advertising, rather then Engineering, where one can make the argument they "dumbed down" the game for the sake of more Advertising exposure thinking that would make the game more profitable. Meaning, the game got worse, but the hype got better. 

Let me just say the crusp of where i'm coming from on this has nothing relatively to do with DS or no DS, or even the game itself. I'm very worried, to put it in very simple terms about "Payola". Let me say from the onset i am in NO way at all accusing Gamespot, any other Site, or this or other Game Developers of such an accusation (being i have no evidence). 

However, for young people who don't remember what that was, basically, it was a matter of obscure Record Companies pushing and paying off DJ's to play certain Artists records and music, and promoting it as the "best thing since sliced bread", when it was perfectly obvious it was not, and only being propped as such mainly due to bribery and other corrupt activity. 

Unfortunately, we've seen this happening in regards to Microsoft and EA in accusations that You Tube, and even gaming Sites were cited for the same type of activity more or less. 

NOT saying that's happening here, but i do have to scratch my head, on how a relatively obscure title such as this, with a relatively low fan base, could get as much and even MORE positive coverage than Titles 6 years in the making such as Skyrim, Red Dead or GTA. 

It just to me does not make any sense, being this game, from a practical and sales standpoint is NOT of that quality in any shape or form.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@Sl4cka @jagdedge124  thank you very much. finally someone on gamespot actually has a brain :). cod, titanfall both utter garbage but yet simple minded people eat it up because they suck at games and any good game what is challenging they hate it because they suck.


best fps - battlefield 4 or planetside 2

best rpg > dark souls 2 or possibly the witcher 3 when it comes out.


and surprise surprise, they get poor sales in comparison with the commercial crap games what get pushed out. If a game has poor sales, the likelihood is it will be a good game I tend to find nowadays.

thorn3000
thorn3000

@BuBsay it has a lot to do with marketing costs, they can double the production costs of a game, same with films...Tomb Raider had advertising everywhere for months before it came out..Witcher 2 had hardly any advertisement and promotion

shravan_perne
shravan_perne

@tightwad34 soul memory is the number of souls you have acquired throughout your playthrough... matchmaking is not based on Soul Level... it is based on SM ... you can find this stat in player info or player statistics.... 


it breaks matchmaking for both co-op and PVP .... PVE solo is all well and good ... multiplayer is entirely broken because of SM ... search around for SM you will find some interesting views on how it is affecting DS 2.. some support it ... most hate it....  

tightwad34
tightwad34

@shravan_perne What's soul memory? I should know, but I don't ever recall hearing about it. And what does it do?

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Aaronp2k Well, they may be mindless, bro-tastic games, but that doesn't mean the people that play them are. At least not all of them.