Namco Bandai Shipped 500,000 Copies Of God Eater 2

By Ishaan . November 14, 2013 . 9:00am

Namco Bandai have shipped over 500,000 copies of God Eater 2 for the game’s launch, which was held in Japan today, Famitsu reports.


Next week will provide us with some concrete first-week sales figures for the game. We’ll have more to report as further sales data is made available.


God Eater 2 is available for both PSP and PlayStation Vita. A demo version of the game is available for both platforms via PlayStation Network as well.

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  • John Diamond

    Is god eater seriously that good?
    (note i’ve never played a game like monster hunter nor this before)

    • Holylifestar

      Yes. I prefer it much more then Monster Hunter or other hunting games, as do many other people.

      • RovCal

        hmmmm will definitely try it out if gets localized. have the previous entries been localized?

        • Roflcakes

          Yeah, Burst was localized, which is pretty much part 1 with extras.

        • Holylifestar

          As Roflcakes said, God Eater Burst (A PSP title, available on the Vita’s PSN) has been localized. It’s the first game in the series, with extra stuff.

    • Strid

      It’s just OK, for me, as a Monster Hunter fan. It’s pretty much like any game chasing after the coat tails of MH — it’s fun, but takes far less skill.

      I hated God Eater Burst, but this one is quite alright. Then again, that could be the PSVita T.V. excitement talking.

      • ZEROthefirst

        You do know that Monster Hunter came from the coat tails of Phantasy Star Online and other games correct? It didn’t start this, it just made itself popular.

        • I’ll never understand why people keep saying MH came from Phantasy Star Online. The two games are nothing alike, even in the slightest. Monster Hunter is a hunting simulation with a very heavy focus on gathering and gradually powering your character up over several hours. PSO is an online loot RPG.

          • ekibyougami

            Forgive me for the long copy pasta, but:

            > “Phantasy Star II was considered one of the best role-playing games of its time,and is regarded as “a game of many firsts” according to Nintendo Power. It is regarded by many as the forerunner for certain aspects of role-playing video games, such as an epic, dramatic, character-driven storyline dealing with serious themes and subject matter, and a strategy-based battle system. The game’s science fiction story was also unique, reversing the common alien invasion scenario by instead presenting Earthlings as the invading antagonists rather than the defending protagonists. The game’s strong characterization, and use of self-discovery as a motivating factor for the characters and the player, was a major departure from previous RPGs and had a major influence on subsequent RPGs such as the Final Fantasy series. It also made a bold attempt at social commentary years before the Final Fantasy series started doing the same.”

            > “Phantasy Star Online in particular is recognized as one of the most “revolutionary new games” of the past decade, for its impact in taking “consoles online” and defining “small-scale multiplayer RPGs,” paving the way for larger-scale MMORPG efforts such as Final Fantasy XI, setting the template for small-scale online RPGs such as Capcom’s Monster Hunter series and some of the later Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy games, and giving rise to “an entire pantheon of multiplayer dungeon crawlers that continue to dominate the Japanese sales charts.”

            Generally speaking, Phantasy Star (be it offline titles or the online model), paved the way for several game franchises and actually became an influential factor to their own respective success.

          • ZEROthefirst

            I wish I could find it right now, but I remember an older interview with some of the team behind Monster Hunter actually stating how Phantasy Star/Online is what inspired them in the creation of Monster Hunter. I’ll edit this whenever I find that again.

          • Herlo Rerelo

            same thing can be said about God Eater compared to Monster Hunter, the 2 games are very different, except the 4 coop and some other stuff which clearly is not what MH invented

            same goes for Soul Sacrifice compared to MH and the list goes on

          • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

            Grinding. The sole point of Monster Hunting games is to grind ad infinitum for better gear / gradually powering up your character. That’s something instituted by Diablo and inherited by PSO. Run a mission / map over and over and over and over until you get the rares you wanted / needed~.

            Other similarities include quest format, huge monsters and four players co-op mode~.

            That’s not to say I think PSO is the precursor of MH, but then again, I don’t think GEB is a MH clone only because you have to get materials for gear~.

          • The difference being that God Eater was very obviously developed in response to the success of Monster Hunter and was inspired by that game and its audience. Such is not the case with Monster Hunter and PSO, both of which have very different mechanics and audiences. A “hunting action game” market didn’t exist–Monster Hunter created it.

          • Herlo Rerelo

            so ALL the differences between GE and MH (as you said MH is very different from PSO” don’t count, what counts is that GE was meant to rival MH? get real…

            and mind explain what do you mean by “Hunting action game”? so if 4 players coop to take a monster down for the sake of taking him down makes it a WHOLE new genre from 4 players coop’ing to take down a monster cause he invaded their ground?

            wow gaming industry is interesting

          • ekibyougami

            Although the concept of a “hunting action genre” (wherein players cooperatively hunt the same monster repeatedly for crafting materials to get stronger until they finally reach the pinnacle of awesomeness) CAN be attributed to Monster Hunter, you cannot deny the fact that it is influenced by Phantasy Star’s model — like teaming up with up to three other players, having the option to either go melee or ranged, taking out huge bosses, then rinse and repeat to get rarer loots/items.

            Monster Hunter didn’t just pop out of nowhere without getting any inspiration or reference from other games. Don’t misunderstand me since I’m a huge MonHun fan myself (with some thousands of hours well spent on several MH titles), but people must understand that not every “hunting” or “cooperative action game with crafting and such” is automatically a “Monster Hunter Clone”. Except Hunter Blade. Boy, was that game atrocious and we can all agree it’s definitely an “MH Clone”.

          • Herlo Rerelo

            mhm, there is a huge difference between 4 players slaying a monster
            cause they’re hunting a monster, and a game where 4 players killing a
            monster cause it invaded their ground… now each of these 2 is a
            genre… at least to some people…

          • You’re missing the point that most people make when they bring up the Monster Hunter comparison. Yes, to an extent, every game is influenced by something that came before it. In that sense, nothing is “truly” original any more. Before Monster Hunter, there was an abundance of cooperative multiplayer games, ranging from Diablo to PSO to any number of other titles you want to name.

            However, there’s a difference between taking inspiration from the past and looking at the success of a single game and saying, “Hey, that thing sold a gazillion copies. Let’s make our own version, which is exactly like that game, and put our own spin on it.”

            Does this make God Eater a bad game? No, it doesn’t. However, it it is what it is. It’s a game that was born entirely from the success of Monster Hunter and the market it created, and to deny that is to ignore the reality of the situation.

          • Herlo Rerelo

            so ALL the differences between GE and MH (as you said MH is very different from PSO” don’t count,

            what counts is that GE was meant to rival MH? get real…

            and mind explain what do you mean by “Hunting action game”? so if 4 players coop to take a monster down for the sake of taking him down makes it a WHOLE new genre from 4 players coop’ing to take down a monster cause he invaded their ground?

            wow gaming industry is interesting

            i’ll make a first person shooter game where the player kills gangsters instead of solider, the genre will be called gangster shooter, damn new genre

            beside, you saying PSO not successful cause of the sales or what? so any new shooter is a CoD clone cause CoD is successful

          • ekibyougami

            > “It’s a game that was born entirely from the success of Monster Hunter and the market it created, and to deny that is to ignore the reality of the situation.”

            I agree with most of your points, but what about Monster Hunter? Surely you cannot say it didn’t did the same thing God Eater did. Phantasy Star was “revolutionary” and successful ever since its debut on the SEGA Master System. Every game has to get “inspiration” from. And in the 80’s – 90’s innovations are necessary for the game industry to survive. MH came to be in the 2000’s, and that’s a period that collectively has around 20 years worth of gaming ideas and concepts to get inspiration or base a new concept from.

            Although God Eater was “influenced” by much of Monster Hunter’s gameplay, it provided an alternative choice for the cooperative Hunting Genre market. It was among the first games “influenced” by MH, that catered to the audience who prefers faster-paced combat and direct-to-the-point objectives (no unnecessary requirement to look for items such as spiderwebs, bugs, ores, etc). Which is why there’s a HUGE difference in the gameplay and overall mechanics between them — but it keeps the same concept of acquiring enemy “parts” to craft weapons or armor.

            The real culprit here that keeps on escalating around the fandoms of these kind of games is the wrong notion that everything that is “Hunting genre”-related is an MH clone. Unless, as I previously stated, it is indeed obviously a clone like Hunter Blade Online (they used the same sprites for monsters, weapons, armors, and even the move sets are identical.

          • xkumo

            Oh, shut up Ishaan. Everyone knows what a nintendo fanboy you are. As ekibyougami and Zero pointed out, phantasy star has been around long before Monster Hunter and it *has* influenced it strongly. Let me guess, it’s okay to compare God Eater to Monster Hunter because it’s on a Sony platform right?

    • Anthony Birken

      Depends on your style, try it out (if u got ps plus, then for free). If you play hopefully you got a ps3, ad hoc for multiplayer :3 ~

    • My favorite game of the genre, easily.

  • Pat Kosa

    I understood that there was supposed to be a second demo released, but I don’t see it anywhere on the Japanese PSN. Any news on that?

  • IS | 桂木

    Playing this game now, it’s so awesome!

  • Curan_Altea

    Been playing the game all night.
    It deserves it.

  • Raltrios

    I want to play this so much! Loved the first one, despite repetitive Aragami. Hoping there are some fresh models more than palette swaps.

  • Jesse

    Now to let us overseas contribute to those sales. ~

  • Luis Camargo

    Namco, release this in English and you will be shipping a whole lot more copies.

  • Glad to hear it’s doing well.

  • Prinny Dood

    if you guys was to sell a million copies localize it please

  • Herok♞

    The only question is will it sell better on PSP or Vita

    • mirumu

      In the first week at least I expect it to be Vita by a significant margin. There have been some indications that at least some stores in Japan are selling out of the new Vita 2000s. God Eater 2 is also one of the games that’s compatible with the Vita TV which launched on the same day.

      Beyond the first week though, I wouldn’t be surprised to see sales of the Vita version drop faster than the PSP version.

      • natchu96

        Then the PSP version drops as well as soon as they figure out how to pirate it :/

    • tubers

      VITA probably. Like how Toukiden sold better on the VITA than the PSP.

    • Ferrick

      no idea, but i’ve heard that the vita version had many upgrades after the demo

    • malek86

      Most likely Vita. Assuming they sell most of the stock, I’d expect the ratio to be 66% Vita and 33% PSP.

  • Anthony Birken

    It saddens me to know that I wasn’t part of that 500,000…still praying for localization on this side~

  • Herlo Rerelo

    people should know there is a difference between shipping copies and selling copies, oh well i hope more copies to be sold than these 500k, and actually wish for localization of course

  • Matthew

    PS4 EU version pls

    • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

      Fortunately, this is one of the few games that will remain exclusive to the PSV~.

      • TheExile285

        It’s not though. It’s on PSP :/

        • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

          I’d like to think that with the dwindling sales of PSP in Japan, the fact that this game is also available for PSP won’t affect the sales at all. The same wouldn’t be the case if this would be made available for the PS4~.

          • tubers

            Toukiden PSP sold about a 3rd of the VITA sales, afaik. I bet similar would happen with the PSP version of GE2.

  • Raze

    Does NamDai has plan to release Reg 3 Jpn version of this?

    Never mind this…
    My local gameshop has listed the PO for Reg3 GE2 already…

  • Lemski07

    damn I cant control myself so I helped myself.

    • Virevolte

      But why buy it twice ?

      • Syn

        Because LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Lemski07

          yup and I support all scenes, the black one is the legal wife and the white one is a mistress lol.

      • Lemski07

        I only bought one the other was released with it within the same day.

  • Virevolte

    Well done Siliconera. I was a Monster Hunter addict, but I never looked twice at God Eater before your articles.
    And now… I’ve got a real craving for it.

  • Ric Vazquez

    Mega Hyped!

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