Elden Ring sells 12 million units worldwide; more than 1 million in Japan
To put that number into some perspective, Dark Souls III had shipped 3 million units worldwide in the month after its release in 2016, with the entire Dark Souls franchise at 13 million units at that point. Safe to say, Elden Ring looks to be a massive success.
Interestingly in Bandai Namco's announcement today, the publisher states "Please look forward to more of “Elden Ring” as an IP (characters and other intellectual property) in hopes of expanding beyond the realm of games." So it looks like Elden Ring will not just be a one-and-done product, and we can expect more from the collaborative effort between Bandai Namco, George R. R. Martin, and FromSoftware.
The full announcement from Bandai Namco can be found below.
Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. (headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President & CEO: Yasuo Miyakawa) and FromSoftware, Inc. (headquarters: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; President & CEO: Hidetaka Miyazaki) co-developed the brand new action RPG “Elden Ring” (Japan published under FromSoftware, Inc. / all other regions published under Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.) has sold more than 1M units in Japan (※1, 2) and 12M units worldwide (※1, 2).
FromSoftware’s talented development meets Bandai Namco Entertainment’s worldwide marketing
Under the concept of delivering deep and lasting, quality content to customers worldwide, FromSoftware’s talented development has come together with Bandai Namco Entertainment’s worldwide marketing network to bring about a brand new action RPG, “Elden Ring” for the home console video game platforms. “Elden Ring” was created under the guidance of FromSoftware’s Hidetaka Miyazaki, incorporating the expansive worldview through the eyes of George R. R. Martin, author of the fantasy novel series, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” while applying FromSoftware’s expertise in developing pulse pounding, action based titles, and with the game’s vast and explorative world filled with excitement and adventure, customers worldwide have been showering the game with praise for its unprecedented and overwhelming gameplay experience. Simultaneous release of the game in fourteen languages (※3), coupled with the worldwide network tests prior to release, raised expectations to bring about sales of more than 12M units worldwide. Please look forward to more of “Elden Ring” as an IP (characters and other intellectual property) in hopes of expanding beyond the realm of games.
A word from President & CEO/Director of FromSoftware, Inc., Hidetaka Miyazaki
It's astonishing to see just how many people have been playing “Elden Ring.” I'd like to extend our heartfelt thanks on behalf of the entire development team. “Elden Ring” is based on a mythological story written by George R. R. Martin. We hope players enjoy a high level of freedom when adventuring through its vast world, exploring its many secrets and facing up to its many threats. Thank you for your continued support.
A word from President & CEO of Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc., Yasuo Miyakawa
Co-development between FromSoftware and Bandai Namco Entertainment has brought about the brand new action RPG, “Elden Ring,” which has surpassed 12M units in sales worldwide. I would like to use this opportunity to give my thanks to all our fans who have brought “Elden Ring” into their gaming life. I am very proud to have been involved in bringing such a wonderful and fantastic game to life with FromSoftware, under the guidance of Director Miyazaki, and with George R. R. Martin. Much effort was placed into creating “Elden Ring” so that we could exceed the expectations of our fans worldwide. In like manner, we will continue our efforts in expanding the brand beyond the game itself, and into everyone’s daily life. We will continue to create enjoyment and fulfillment through entertainment, so that we can come closer and connect to our fans around the world.
※1: Figures as of March 14, 2022.
※2: The total sales figure is derived from distribution figures of the package version and sales figures of the downloadable versions.
※3: Fourteen languages only available on the Steam version