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Dragon’s Dogma Sold Just 92,000 Copies In The U.S. Upon Release


Last night, the NPD Group released their monthly report about the top ten best-selling games in North America. For the month of May, Diablo III outsold every other game in the region, and this was without even taking its download sales into account.


While Diablo III nabbed the #1 spot for the month, Capcom’s Dragon’s Dogma was in the top-ten, too, bringing up the rear at #9. Unfortunately, it would appear that it’s a little too early to celebrate the game’s success just yet—NPD shared with Eurogamer that Dragon’s Dogma sold just 92,000 copies in May.


Keep in mind, however, that this number only covers five days worth of sales data. NPD’s sales trackings for May were actually from April 29th to May 26th. Dragon’s Dogma was released on May 22nd.


Something that bears mentioning, however, is that the game sold over 300,000 copies in its opening week in Japan. So far, in Japan, the game has sold 419,208 copies as last week. Capcom hope to sell 1.5 million copies of Dragon’s Dogma by the end of March 2013.


While that forecast may seem a little optimistic now, in a recent statement to investors last month, Capcom restated their pledge to continue creating new brands, despite the fact that they likely would not be hits upon initial release, due to low brand awareness.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.