White Knight Chronicles Series Stands Tall With 1 Million Units Shipped

By Spencer . April 10, 2011 . 11:30am

wkciTaku Nishijima from the Sony Computer Entertainment public relations Twitter desk announced the White Knight Chronicles series reached one million units shipped worldwide.


This figure includes *all* of the White Knight Chronicles releases to date – that’s White Knight Chronicles, White Knight Chronicles EX Edition, White Knight Chronicles: International Edition (the US/EU release), White Knight Chronicles 2, and White Knight Chronicles Origins (the PSP game).


That number should rise since White Knight Chronicles 2 leveled up for an overseas release. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe announced White Knight Chronicles Origins for PSP too, which so far has not been confirmed for North America.

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  • I can’t tell if 1 million sales are good for 5 games(3, with one of them having two special editions), but I’m happy as long as they are~ xd

    I hope the sales rise quite a bit with the release of WKC2 and Origins in the west!

    And now that that’s out of the window, how about a Crossover game of White Knight Chronicles x Five Star Stories x The Vision of Escaflowne?? It would make me truly happy! :D

    • I think is good since there has only been 1 outside of japan for now o.o

    • Zero_Destiny

      1 million for a brand new niche series like this. I’m not good at figuring out how great sales are ether but I feel that yeah for something as young and new (don’t forget new since it’s harder for games without an established IP’s to sell nowadays) that this is good. It makes me want to go out and buy the game now. Hhmm maybe I’ll just wait for the second one though. :)
      Any Escaflowne game will get my purchase though. XD

      • True enough, it’s hard for new IP’s. I also think that a lot of people held back on buying the first game after hearing that the second one will also include the first.
        And yeah man mine too! I think the stories of those three would fit quite good together, a Crossover game would be totally great….maybe I’ll produce it after getting into the gaming industry!!!! Wahahahaha….~

    • PrinceHeir

      i think it did good since we only had one game as of now.

      i’m glade this is coming :)

      can’t wait for Level 5’s next game :P

    • I’d say it’s good, but it depends on the amount put into the games as well. Since the first was a fairly ambitious project, and it released in Japan while the PS3 was barely jogging… and then it released in the US almost entirely under the radar… Yes. I think the series has done just fine with the cards it was dealt and I am happy to know WKC2 is coming!

  • Learii

    i love the game i buy every white knight game i can’t wait

  • jarrodand

    JP sales for the series amount to around 700k alone, and shipments are likely somewhat higher. Looks like WKC1 bombed in the west then.

    • Your positivity is refreshing. Tell me, do you enjoy the series? I just want to see if I’m correct about something.

      • jarrodand

        I’m sorry, I thought this was a sales article? Does that prove your theory?

        • Ah, it proves you’ve never played it, but enjoy trolling, since you would have answered the question if you had.

          • Ladius

            Pardon me, but I don’t really see which part of jarrodand’s post could be considered trolling, he only tried to obtain the western sales data using the worldwide shipment number :

            His conclusion may be wrong, but your attack is uncalled for, especially since having played WKC hasn’t anything to do with commenting its sales, and thinking that a game failed to meet its sales expectation has nothing do with judging its quality.

          • “Bombed in the west” and saying a game “failed to meet its sales expectation” are two very different ways of saying something. It’s his tone that is objectionable, coupled with the fact that he’s talking about a game he has never played, which brings up the question of why he is even commenting on it in the first place. Previous statements from him have shown a definite bias and I was simply calling him out on it.

            Not to mention, I don’t see anything in the article about sales expectations. For all we know, it met expectations or exceeded them. It could be vastly under what they expected. I don’t see any statement anywhere on what they were expecting to sell. For example, people have often brought up that Tales of Symphonia for the Wii was a big seller at 200,000 copies in the West. White Knight managed to sell 70,000 more than that on a system with a smaller user base, but some people are calling it a flop. I’m just saying certain people can’t have it both ways. It has to be one or the other.

          • jarrodand

            Bombed in the west doesn’t seem like hyperbole when a high budget 1st party JRPG only ships around 200-250k for all of America and Europe. It’s no wonder SCEA passed on the newer titles considering that, when something like Lost Odyssey shipped around 650k in the west and even Blue Dragon did between 300-350k.

            Tales seems like a weird comparison given we don’t know shipments (ie: you’re mixing shipped and sold figures) and US sellthrough alone was around 170k going by NPD leaks. It was also a low budget spinoff or “escort” game, yet still sold comparably to the mainline Vesperia, and outsold Abyss, despite having less promotion and advertising than either (or WKC for that matter). If you’re itching to compare to a Wii game that badly, it’d probably be best to wait for Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story to see how they do.

          • First, I don’t get how you see it as high budget first party title. They spent a fraction of what they spent on, say, God of War 3 or Killzone 3. Not to mention, I don’t recall a single Kevin Butler commercial for it. It was released very quietly, with very little fanfare. Hell, I don’t even recall a standie at Gamestop for it.

            Second, let me educate you on the sales numbers. The first one sold 790,000 in total, worldwide. 262,000 in North America. 164,000 in Europe, and the rest in Japan.

            The rest of the one million accounts for the sequel in Japan. Learn some facts before you decide to be a troll.

          • jarrodand

            And, what does that matter? You can’t comment on sales until you’ve played a game? Really?

          • It matters because you have no personal interest in it other than to start trouble with people and to play console wars. Do you see me posting tainted comments in articles about, say, Nintendogs or Pokemon? No. You don’t, because I don’t play them, so I don’t have any business posting in threads about them.

    • HarryHodd

      300k is bombing for a jrpg in the west now? Ok your a troll. Forget it.

  • I rarely start a series with the first one (I usually start them after they become popular) but I bought the first of the series and I liked it so I guess I’ll buy the rest.

  • I was pleasantly surprised by the original White Knight Chronicles after picking it up, in fairness, for $12.99. It wasn’t an absolutely stellar product, but the only thing that really bothered me about it was Leonard and Cisna, who have just about the worst chemistry I’ve ever endured in the genre. There is one scene with them early on that just… Ugh. Excruciating.

    Anyhoo, I’m kinda bummed I never got to plunge the depths of the online mode. I reached level 36 and the friend I purchased the game with totally bailed because he couldn’t finish the story mode in order to play with me, claiming it was “gruelingly hard” or some such. I mean, seriously?

    Hopefully I’ll find a crew to run with when WKC2 hits North American shores, assuming the servers come with it. If not, though, I’ll still probably snag it on release.

    • Gruelingly hard? Has he never played a game before? I don’t think I or anyone I know who played it ever saw a Game Over screen.

      • Haha, I know, right? In his defense, he was playing a (very) pure spellcaster, and I have no clue how that would differ, as I was the polar opposite: a spear-and-shield tank specialist. But still, I didn’t even have to resort to using the godmo-er, Incorruptus even once throughout the game, and he couldn’t complete it even with that handicap.

    • I’m gonna be a jerk and say this must have been your first Level-5 game :D I enjoyed WKC but I thought it was disappointing. With that said I’m still looking forward to the sequel as I hope there will be improvements.

      Check out Dark Chronicle (Dark Cloud 2 in the US) and Rogue Galaxy…now those are “absolutely stellar”

      • Played ’em both. Only considered Dark Cloud 2 anywhere near stellar, and even then, markedly shy. White Knight Chronicles certainly isn’t as good a game as DC2, in any event, but it isn’t a 25 hour game padded into an 80+ hour morbidly-bloated abomination like Rogue Galaxy, which had an equally gag-inducing and more cutscene-heavy story.

        I guess what I mean is WKC isn’t a bad game, and I went in with expectations to that effect due to its disastrous reception.

      • I completely disagree on Rogue Galaxy. That game started out strong and then lost steam more and more as the game went on, until I had no interest any more (but did force myself to beat it). The story was pretty bad and the last minute “your character is some big space savior but you never knew it” twist bothered me because they had used the exact same twist in Dragon Quest VIII already. To the point where I was surprised that WKC didn’t use it too.

        WKC is not my game of the year, but it is NOT anywhere near as bad as you’re making it out to be and it is definitely better than Rogue Galaxy.

  • I always hate when companies announce copies shipped, instead of copies sold.

    That said, the original was alright and I will be picking up the sequel. Didn’t like that I had to beat the game a second time to unlock places online AGAIN if I started a new game+. It was nowhere near the best RPG I’ve ever played, but not the worst either. It was amusing, though, that right when the story started to get interesting, it turns into a cliffhanger.

    • It’s been while since White Knight Chronicles was my game of the moment, but I’m pretty sure the only reason to do New Game+ was to get quicker access to GR7 and GR8 armour.

      Anyway, I too am not a fan of announcing how many copies of said game has been shipped… since it really does not tell me how successful said game is.


  • Ill get the second, but ahh… T_T it makes me feel i got the first one for naught

  • WonderSteve

    I remember seeing the demo video of this game before PS3 came out. It looked very promising back then for a RPG.

    Overall, it was a great concept, but poor execution. It aimed very high, but probably not enough time and resources was spend on the game.

  • Draparde

    ill be getting hte second when it comes out, along with my friends. online fun ftw!

  • It’s a milestone, but it also shows that the series needs a popularity boost; large publishers nowadays don’t consider one million copies much of a success. Level-5 themselves may not be all that happy with this news, considering the popularity of Professor Layton and Inazuma Eleven. I do hope the series gains ground, though; the stories may be hackneyed, but there’s a lot of promise in the world and battle system of WKC.

  • AdamBoy64

    Great news to read. Really looking forward to WKC2.
    I do hope the difficulty is increased somewhat, however.

  • noctis_nox

    Great! freaking excited with WKC 2.

  • HarryHodd

    Thats great. I think WKC2 will do pretty decent. I’m very excited for it. Looking at the numbers it looks like western sales for WKC are in the 250k to 300k range which is not bad. I’m sure Ni No Kuni will do better.

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