Dark Souls III Experiences “Favorable Sales” in North America and Europe
Bandai Namco announced today that it’ll be revising its financial projections for the six-month period between April 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016 due to “favorable sales for overseas home video game software and Japanese and overseas network content in the Network Entertainment Business, and in the Visual and Music Production Business.” The company also revealed that Dark Souls III sold well in North America and Europe.
For home video game software in the Network Entertainment Business, in North America and Europe, sales were favorable for the new title DARK SOULS Ⅲ, repeat titles, and titles owned by other companies sold utilizing the Company’s sales network. In network content such as social games, game applications for smartphones, and PC online games, key titles already existing in Japan such as The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls: Starlight Stage retained stable popularity, and titles marketed overseas, including in the Asian region, continued to attract popularity. In the Visual and Music Production Business, sales were favorable for the GIRLS und PANZER series with visual and music package software, and related products centered on a movie release. Also, the LoveLive! School idol project series, which is IP for which visual content was developed in conjunction with music content and live events, retained popularity. Moreover, visual package software of the Mobile Suit Gundam series sold favorably.
Results were positive for the three-month period ended June 30, 2016. Net sales amounted to ¥144,792 million and operating income amounted to ¥23,419 million, an increase of 5.4 percent and 29.1 percent, respectively, from the same period last year.
As a result, for the period ending September 30, Bandai Namco has revised its projections as follows:
Dark Souls III is also the fifth overall best-selling title of 2016 thus far in Japan, with 313,187 copies sold on the PlayStation 4.