Dark Souls Ships Over Two Million Copies Worldwide

By Spencer . April 12, 2013 . 2:39am

darkDark Souls was a big hit for FromSoftware and Namco Bandai, which released the tactical action RPG in the West.


In Japan, Dark Souls was a PlayStation 3 exclusive and 375,000 units were shipped. Dark Souls moved 1,300,000 units in the West where the game was released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.


An additional 137,000 units of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition for PC and PS3 shipped in Japan. Namco Bandai shipped 555,000 units of Prepare to Die edition in North America and Europe. While the Artorias of the Abyss content was only available as DLC in North America, Namco Bandai re-released Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition as a retail game for PS3 and Xbox 360 in Europe.


Altogether, Dark Souls shipped 2,367,000 units worldwide. Dark Souls II is in development for PlayStation 3, PC, and Xbox 360 (even in Japan this time). For more about the sequel, check out our interview with Yui Tanimura.

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  • malek86

    That’s a very high number. It reaches mainstream-level sales. It’s well deserved too, and I guess the simplifying from Demon’s Souls helped. I also believe the success of Skyrim is partly responsible, with people giving more attention to RPGs at that time.

    I hope though, they won’t get their fiscal projections too high for Dark Souls 2. With the market as it is now, it’s unlikely to sell as much as DS1, although we don’t really know.

  • Emanuele Gioffi

    What is your source? Why don’t you indicate it?

    Is it Neogaf?

    Or were you at that presentation? You think you’re smart by never linking the sources, in fact you only show your lack of respect for the other people’s efforts.

    Noobs, maybe Japanese-talking noobs, but still noobs…

    • Ferrick

      the hell are you talking about ? And neogaf isn’t the source of all things japanese, there are other places where people can get their information

      and if you searched hard enough (not really hard), you CAN find these sorts of information floating around the web


  • Domii

    Great numbers! Demons Souls crossed 1mil and now this has hit over 2mil, congrats From Soft. Here’s hoping DS2 doubles these numbers.

  • Good thing that they dont react like Squeenix and expect their game to sell like 10 million units in just a week.

  • CirnoLakes

    I want to know how many of those were for the the Steam release.


    Because it will probably signal how interested Bandai Namco and From Software will be in the future.

  • Göran Isacson

    Two million sold? DISASTER ! FIRE RAINS FROM THE SKY, THE FRANCHISE IS DOOOMED- oh wait, this isn’t from Square Enix. Carry on then :)
    ALso I wonder if Emanuele Gioffi was the one who wrote that post on NeoGaqf, or if they just like to complain.

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      Square Enix or Capcom to be exact. IT DIDNT SELL 10 MILLION? ITS FAILURE

      • Xerain

        Expect that reaction if Dark Souls II doesn’t do markedly better than Dark Souls, though. The are going through great lengths to make the next game more main stream while keeping the difficulty in tact. I’ll give them a shot… but part of what makes Dark Souls so amazing is how single man’s clear vision permeates all aspects of the games. Something that games made by focus groups to cater to reviewers lack.

        In this particularly case everything lies to you. There’s not clear story because very few entities actually know they truth and they’re not sharing, and are in fact out right lying about why you’re doing what you’re doing. Figuring out what the story really is is left completely up to the player, just like how figuring out the game and how to progress is also left completely up to the player.

        Dark Souls II will probably be a fine game that is enjoyable to play for those who like NES difficulty games. However I suspect the original Dark Souls will end up the better game critically, as it has more of that “games as art” thing going for it.

        • Follower_of_Pram

          To put it simply, not many sequels can match up to their original game (‘course this is subjective).

          • Xerain

            That’s almost always true with Movies, but I’ve found with video games, at least the one’s I’ve played, the Sequel is often better that eh original. When the first game is made, it’s always a learning experience and certain things the producer wants to do have to be cut. If the first game does well enough despite this, then the sequel ends up being the refined game the producer wishes he could have made the first time around.

            After finally attaining that vision of game design, it’s kinda hard to keep improving. At best things stay mostly the same with some changes to mix things up.

            In this case, Dark Souls is actually that sequel considering Demon’s Souls before it.

  • Lilith

    I bet Namco Bandai is baffled as to why this is getting popular in the west it doesn’t have sweaty marines and guns.

  • DragonSix

    And that’s not counting the sales of the Steam PC version. They’re probably closer to 3 millions by now.

  • Congrats From Software! It’s a great game =)

  • Hraesvelgr

    I really think SCE dropped the ball with the Souls series, after the surprise success of the original game and the even bigger success of this one.

  • Ceci “Ruzuzu” Kiyomizu

    I wonder what the worldwide death count would be for this game…

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