We have a new report out from FromSoftware about the success of Elden Ring, and as of March 22, the company has revealed that Elden Ring has shipped 13.4 million units. That’s a bump from the 12 million sales it previously reported in its first three weeks. Essentially it added another 1.4 million sales the next week. We do not have any numbers past March 22, however, at this point, so we’ll have to wait and see how word of mouth affects the continued success of the game.
The 13.4 million sales in just under a month nearly ties Cyberpunk 2077’s 13.7 million sales that it racked up in its first three weeks of release in 2020. But Cyberpunk 2077 had the opposite word of mouth problem, where after that initial sales explosion, it took a year and a half to hit 18 million sales, with the pace slowing way, way down. It’s easy to imagine Elden Ring is going to hit 20 million sales well before Cyberpunk, and possibly by the end of 2022.
I’d also be willing to bet that outside of general positive recommendations from players to increase sales, we’ll see a boost at the end of the year when Elden Ring no doubt wins a bunch of GOTY awards from various outlets. Normally I wouldn’t predict that kind of dominance this far in advance, but even if (and it’s a big if) other big games like Starfield and God of War Ragnarok make it out this year, I guarantee Elden Ring is going to be taking home a whole bunch of GOTY honors from various places regardless.
How good is Elden Ring selling in context? Well, it has sold half the lifetime sales of the entire Dark Souls trilogy in its first month. As of 2020, the last figures we have, Dark Souls games had racked up 27 million sales for FromSoftware. Bloodborne, as beloved as it was, only sold 2 million copies by the end of 2015, after releasing in March of that year. Sekiro had a better pace, selling 2 million copies in its first ten days, and 5 million copies just over a year after launch.
But again, you can see from all this just how much Elden Ring stands out for FromSoftware. While From has always created beloved, solid-selling games, Elden Ring is a level of success they’ve never experienced before, and it’s not clear what the final totals are going to be when the dust settles here, but I’d predict a pretty long tail for the game, and no doubt, it will inspire a sequel or two.
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