Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice had a strong start in terms of sales when it launched in March. It sold two million copies in just ten days, and more than 100,000 of those were sold in its first 24 hours. Now, it looks like FromSoftware’s action-adventure game, set in a reimagined Sengoku-era Japan, is continuing to break some sales milestones – it’s now reportedly shipped over 3.8 million copies.
As reported by Game’sTalk (via Reddit and translated by Google), media company Kadokawa has posted a first quarter earnings report which announces that, as of the end of June 2019, Sekiro has shipped over 3.8 million units worldwide. A Powerpoint document looking at Kadokawa’s Q1 results (also translated using Google) reports “strong overseas royalty income” for the game, with “worldwide cumulative shipments over 3.8 million (as of the end of June 2019).”
This is a pretty impressive figure considering that, according to industry analyst Daniel Ahmad earlier this year on Twitter, “the original Dark Souls sold 2.37 million copies in one and a half years, and Dark Souls 2 sold 2.5 million copies in a year.”
Ahmad also reported, however, that Dark Souls 3 reached the three million mark in just “a couple of months,” which means that it’s probably Sekiro’s biggest competitor for the best-selling FromSoft game so far.
If you’re yet to get your teeth into the game you might find our Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice review helpful. In it, Richard said “boasting the best swordfighting in the business, Sekiro is a game of rare but deserved self-assurance”, and that “it’s a journey like little else in gaming, and if you’re up for the challenge, you absolutely have to play it.”