Dark Souls crosses 2.3 million sales

From Software's role-playing game goes double platinum since launch in October 2011.

Dark Souls has sold more than 2.3 million units worldwide since the role-playing game launched in October 2011, developer From Software has confirmed.

Executive director Eiichi Nakajima revealed the sales figure during a recent event in Japan attended by gpara (via NeoGAF).

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This figure is up from 1.19 million copies sold as of March 31, 2012, when publisher Namco Bandai revealed Dark Souls sales helped push the company to its strongest fiscal year since 2008.

During its launch month of October 2011, Dark Souls was the sixth-best-selling title in the United States, according to NPD data.

The Dark Souls franchise is set to grow, as From Software is currently working on a sequel for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, though its release date has not been divulged. For more on this title, check out GameSpot's first-look preview of Dark Souls II.

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Doobsac
Doobsac

The game is a chore to play. You have to be a really hardcore roleplaying nerd to get through this game. I finished Demon souls and although that was difficult, this one ups the ante. If you are a casual gamer stay far, far away from this one.

Doobsac
Doobsac

This game is a absolute chore to play.

MrDouglas
MrDouglas

ha take that EA and Activiction, and your "every new game has to be a FPS or it won't sell!"

djwood84
djwood84

Best game on the PS3.  We need more games that say "Oh, did I hurt you? GOOD! DIE AGAIN!!!! MWahahahaha!"

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

This game selling well can only mean good things for souls fans. It's also nice to see games that don't need to sell 5 million copies to turn a profit.

oOhedzOo
oOhedzOo

I haven't tried Demons Souls but I have beaten DS multiple times and played the DLC. Is it wise to go back and play the old version of the game? Wouldn't I be discouraged because the lack of game mechanics the new one had?

bryanj2006
bryanj2006

Demons Souls was far more successful than Dark Souls, so why are they making a second Dark Souls? A lot of people consider Dark Souls one of the biggest letdowns of this generation in terms of a sequel.

Squire_Ramza
Squire_Ramza

I love Dark Souls. Got Platinum Trophy, On New Game ++, and still going strong. DS2 is my most anticipated game besides South Park for the time being.

carywarp
carywarp

This proves video games don't need to be visual roller coaster ride or spending ridiculous amount of money advertising to be successful. 

Goriza
Goriza

I love this game, just dont put the egg head on my character!

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

It's because so many people are breaking the game after dying so many times , then having to go buy another copy. Lol

DarkNeoBahamut
DarkNeoBahamut

For people complaining about the difficulty, you can even beat the last boss without leveling up, everything is possible as long as you have the pacience to analyze the enemy's movements,  the area you have available and learn from your mistakes.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qxt9K3awnk

alwin8695
alwin8695

is it too late if I buy dark souls now? I mean is the community who plays dark souls still crowded? If it's not crowded anymore then it would be boring..

finalfantasyjim
finalfantasyjim

I bought Dark Souls and Final Fantasy 13-2 on the same day, and talk about your world of differences in difficulty, lol...ff13-2 continues to collect dust, while dark souls is turning me into an insomniac =D    

Halloll
Halloll

hope this time there will be a Nexus instead of long backtracking for 15 minutes only to fall of a cliff before reaching the bonfire, also what's up with the hidden bonfires? and sometimes you'd just get stuck in a near impossible area and can't go back because you already lit a bonfire. the devs where obviously trolling . 

gill117
gill117

It's not about being a "hardcore nerd" at all just patience and studying enemy tactics, sure at the beginning you'll die lots but after you get stuff down your deaths become few and farther apart. In my opinion even if you hate the doing the main story the pvp alone makes it worth buying.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

It plays quite different from dark souls that the player and world have tendencies, if you die you lose half your life bar until defeating an area boss, and you don't have bonfires but shortcuts when you've fully explored a worlds section. Also the graphics on demons souls look much more polished. A similar game in most aspects but very different in others. All in all I love them both equally.

redness19
redness19

@oOhedzOo Demon Souls is widely regarded as the harder of the two. I prefer Dark Souls but if your a fan of the series, play the first.

BlackDog49
BlackDog49

@bryanj2006 Dark Souls isn't a sequel to Demon's Souls. It's a spiritual successor.

bkohary
bkohary

@bryanj2006  - Likely Bethesda employee unhappy with the fact Dark Souls > Skyrim. You must be disappointed that the player in Dark Souls does more than the sign of the cross when fighting compared to Skyrim.

redness19
redness19

@bryanj2006 I've rarely read bad things about Dark Souls. Maybe "A lot" really means "I".

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@DarkNeoBahamut When I first played Demon's Souls I died countless times and struggled through the first three levels. then I took a step back and learned a lot about the game and how to play and was able to beat 5 areas in a row without dying one. The game isn't too hard as long as you think about what you are doing.

Halloll
Halloll

@DarkNeoBahamut so basically we can beat the game easily if we spend a lo of time following a game guide.

OuTLaWzGamer
OuTLaWzGamer

@DarkNeoBahamut Manus is only the last boss of the DLC :P  but nice work I waited to see you use the silver pendant cause I had tough times timing it but you did well.

redness19
redness19

@alwin8695 If possible, play it for the PS3. The community is larger and more active because of Demons Souls.

petez34
petez34

@alwin8695 If you buy for pc it won't be playable until you download some fixes. check the forums. it really is the worst port to pc I have ever played. I think I'll just wait and hopefully the dev does a much better job with pc this time round. That said, it's a great game .

letario
letario

@alwin8695 Get it trust me you won't be disappointed 


TohouAsura
TohouAsura

@alwin8695 Dark Souls is as lively as it gets. There are still tons of people who play Demon's, you can be sure Dark Souls is very active.

longestsprout
longestsprout

@Halloll 

There won't be a nexus, but according to the devs you can shift between bonfires from the beginning this time around.

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

@Halloll No they weren't, you just aren't good at understanding the concepts of the game.

Hidden bonfires are hidden BECAUSE it makes it harder to survive. If you want to rest, you've got to find it. Besides, most bonfires are in pretty obvious places, you can see them from a mile away.

Also, clearly you haven't been playing this game much. The game barely requires backtracking through long distances. And the first time it does - Anor Londo, you get an item that basially teleports you to any major bonfire you want -- free of charge.

Your complaint is better suited for Dragon's Dogma, because Dark Souls did have free fast travel -- But that feature, like everything else in the game, must be earned.

Doobsac
Doobsac

@gill117 Yeah I'm not into games where I have to play the same sections over and over again. That's not fun to me at all.

gill117
gill117

ignore the "the" near end didn't see it

DarkNeoBahamut
DarkNeoBahamut

@Halloll @DarkNeoBahamut Your statement applies to all the games, not just DS. However one thing is to read/watch a guide and other thing is actually do it.

DarkNeoBahamut
DarkNeoBahamut

@OuTLaWzGamer As soon as you notice it will use dark magic, use the silver pendant, however, sometimes it happens you use it too soon and the effect ends before the attack it's over, in those cases just use the silver pendant twice in a row.

alwin8695
alwin8695

@petez34 @alwin8695 hmm well I already tried the Prepare To Die edition, and the controls are really bad. Are there patches already?

OuTLaWzGamer
OuTLaWzGamer

@petez34 @alwin8695 only need a 5mb patch to pick the resolution you want and have a controller for the most fluid controls experience. Then this game is MUCH better on PC.

Halloll
Halloll

@longestsprout this is good to hear, I hated going through Sen fortress then through Anor Londo and those damn archers to get the lord vessel.

Doobsac
Doobsac

@gill117 Yeah I liked Demon Souls but I did a lot of soul farming to rank up my character and it made things much easier. I just don't have the patience to do that anymore.

gill117
gill117

@Doobsac  Did you even like Demon souls then lol. That aside I actually quit the game within the first week I bought it, but then I went back and pushed through the first few locations. After that I didn't die for the longest time because after pushing through the initial difficulty things became easy for me, so not much section replaying.But games like dark souls aren't preferred by everyone, so it's fine if you don't find it fun

OuTLaWzGamer
OuTLaWzGamer

@oOhedzOo @redness19 I went and bought a PS3 used last summer only to play demons souls. Got a used ps3 with controller and GOW3 for 150$ and it still works like a charm. Also, you can find Demons souls used at EBgames for 10$.  The game is just as good as dark souls its the same thing in a different world.

adamska156
adamska156

@OuTLaWzGamer @petez34 @alwin8695 Even without the mod (which takes a couple of minutes to install, look up DSfix) it's still the superior version because it doesn't suffer from choppy framerates in certain sections (Blighttown). After the mod you get to take advantage of better graphics as well. Or get DSMfix and change keyboard binding and you can comfortably play with keyboard and mouse as well. But it really is easier with a controller. You can even summon friends within seconds with DSCfix. No waiting for summon signs to pop up or dealing with failed summonings. It's perfect.

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

@alwin8695 @TohouAsura Great! Personally Demon's is my favourite, really like the lore and Nexus system, but Dark Souls is a very powerful and enriching experience on it's own.

I warm-heartedly recommend it. If you like Demon's, you'll love Dark.