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Dark Souls is an action role-playing game series developed by From Software and published by Bandai Namco outside Japan. The series has sold over 35 million units worldwide. It began as a niche series that went on to earn mainstream popularity, due to critical acclaim for its skillful combat and nuanced difficulty.

From Software games that follow a similar formula to Dark Souls (originating from Demon's Souls) are referred to as Soulsborne games.

Games[]

Title Year System(s) Sales
Japan Worldwide
Dark Souls 763,714+ 10,835,546
Dark Souls 2011 PlayStation 3 492,523[1][2] 2,700,000[3][4]
Xbox 360 N/A 553,000[5][3]
Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition 2012 Steam 27,477[6][2] 3,540,000[7]
Dark Souls: Remastered 2018 PlayStation 4 220,000[8] 1,890,000[9]
Xbox One Unknown 1,000,000[10]
Nintendo Switch 21,168[2] 1,150,000[9]
Dark Souls Trilogy Box 2018 PlayStation 4 2,546[2] 2,546+
Dark Souls II 452,383+ 10,556,029
Dark Souls II 2014 PlayStation 3 371,927[2] 2,100,000[3][11]
Xbox 360 8,674[12] 413,483[13][3][14]
Steam 31,320[15] 5,000,000[15]
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin 2015 PlayStation 4 37,916[2] 1,790,000[9]
Xbox One Unknown 1,250,000[9]
Dark Souls Trilogy Box 2018 PlayStation 4 2,546[2] 2,546+
Dark Souls III 641,546+ 13,812,546[16]
Dark Souls III 2016 PlayStation 4 574,000[17] 3,910,000[9]
Xbox One Unknown 1,900,000[9]
Steam 65,000[18] 8,000,000[19]
Dark Souls Trilogy Box 2018 PlayStation 4 2,546[2] 2,546+
Dark Souls trilogy 1,980,000[20] 35,180,000[21]

Soulsborne[]

From Software games that follow a similar formula to Dark Souls (originating from Demon's Souls) are referred to as Soulsborne games.

Title Year System(s) Sales Ref
Demon's Souls 5,400,000
Demon's Souls 2009 PlayStation 3 2,500,000 [3][22]
2020 PlayStation 5 2,900,000 [23][24]
Dark Souls & Bloodborne 42,828,000
Dark Souls trilogy 2011 Multi-platform 35,180,000 [21]
Bloodborne 2015 PlayStation 4 7,648,000 [25]
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice 10,100,000 [26]
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice 2019 PlayStation 4 3,400,000+ [27][28]
Steam 5,000,000+ [29]
Xbox One 1,700,000 [30]
Elden Ring 25,000,000 [31]
Elden Ring 2022 Steam 12,400,000 [32]
PlayStation 5 3,640,000+ [9]
PlayStation 4 2,670,000+ [9]
Xbox Series 3,040,000+ [9]
Xbox One 2,000,000+ [33]
Total 83,400,551

References[]

  1. https://www.famitsu.com/news/201506/30082036.html
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Game Search. Game Data Library. Famitsu.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Tassi, Paul (March 16, 2015). 'Bloodborne' May Be The PS4's Salvation In 2015. Forbes.
  4. https://playtracker.net/insight/game/3353
  5. "『DARK SOULS III(ダークソウルIII)』国内発表会が実施 ディレクター宮崎氏解説による実機プレイを披露 ["DARK SOULS III" Domestic Presentation Shows Actual Machine Play with Director Miyazaki's Commentary]" (in Japanese). Famitsu. 2015-06-30. https://www.famitsu.com/news/201506/30082036.html.
  6. https://www.famitsu.com/news/201506/30082036.html
  7. https://steamdb.info/app/211420/charts/
  8. https://playtracker.net/insight/game/4488
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.8 "Updated International Million Shipment Titles (as of December 2022)". 2023 CESA Games White Paper. July 2023. https://www.installbaseforum.com/forums/threads/2023-cesa-games-white-paper-additional-shipment-data-domestical-and-international.1847/.
  10. https://playtracker.net/insight/game/14051
  11. https://playtracker.net/insight/game/8719
  12. Game Search. Game Data Library. Famitsu.
  13. http://www.siliconera.com/2015/04/15/dark-souls-ii-sold-2-5-million-units-dragon-ball-xenoverse-breaks-2-million/
  14. https://web.archive.org/web/20150415065149/steamspy.com/app/236430
  15. 15.0 15.1 https://playtracker.net/insight/game/798
  16. "DARK SOULS III Surpasses 10 Million Units in Sales Worldwide!". Bandai Namco. May 19, 2020. https://www.bandainamcoent.co.jp/pdfs/USA_DARK%20SOULS%20III_Surpasses%2010%20Million%20Units%20in%20Sales%20Worldwide.pdf.
  17. https://playtracker.net/insight/game/8436
  18. https://playtracker.net/insight/game/814
  19. https://vginsights.com/game/374320
  20. "Past International Million Shipment Series (2022)". 2023 CESA Games White Paper. July 2023. https://www.installbaseforum.com/forums/threads/2023-cesa-games-white-paper-additional-shipment-data-domestical-and-international.1847/page-3#post-184585.
  21. 21.0 21.1 Fact Book 2023. Bandai Namco. 2023. p. 3. https://www.bandainamco.co.jp/files/ir/integrated/pdf/2023EN_fact1.pdf.
  22. https://playtracker.net/insight/game/3046
  23. "Sony Interactive Entertainment to Acquire Bluepoint Games". Sony Interactive Entertainment (Sony). 1 October 2021. https://www.sie.com/en/corporate/release/2021/211001.html.
  24. https://playtracker.net/insight/game/68273
  25. Sales Leak (FY 2022)
  26. https://www.sekiro.jp/news_detail_230926_01.html
  27. https://playtracker.net/insight/game/33764
  28. https://blog.activision.com/sekiro/2020-07/Sekiro-Shadows-Die-Twice-Free-Update
  29. https://steamspy.com/app/814380
  30. https://playtracker.net/insight/game/34312
  31. https://x.com/ELDENRING/status/1800890964925366476
  32. https://vginsights.com/game/1245620
  33. https://playtracker.net/insight/game/73525
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