That’s it, 3 weeks after the release of Elden Ring, we finally have the official sales figures, and it’s rather exceptional, since there have been no less than 12 million sales since the release of the title on February 25. The evolution compared to the Dark Souls series is quite phenomenal, since Dark Souls 3, which was released in 2016, took several years to approach such figures. Besides, the official statement details a little bit the distribution of these sales, since out of these 12 million sales, 1 million come from Japan.
Elden Ring breaks records
The official press release announcing the title’s sales figures goes further than this information and also gives hints of what could be the future of the Elden Ring license. It is in a short sentence that indicates that we should expect more from Elden Ring as an IP, especially with regard to characters, in the hope of seeing the license extend beyond the video game.
Perhaps we have here the beginnings of a great expansion of a FromSoftware license, which would be a first for the studio. Because if we already suspect that Elden Ring will receive a DLC, which for once is quite likely and would be in the continuity of the multiple DLCs that the Dark Souls series has received in the past, we can now easily imagine a development of the immense lore of the game in other media, such as literature or even animation.
Finally, we have a quick note from Hidetaka Miyazaki, the game’s director and president of FromSoftware:
It’s amazing how many people have played Elden Ring. I would like to express our thanks on behalf of the entire development team. Elden Ring is based on the mythology written by George RR Martin. We hope that players take advantage of this high level of freedom by venturing into this vast world, discovering its many secrets, and facing its many enemies. Thank you for your continued support.
The word of the president of Bandai Namco is quite similar to that of Hidetaka Miyazaki, but specifies in the manner of the press release that they will continue their efforts to to extend the Elden Ring brand beyond the game to bring it into our daily lives. We can’t wait to see all that, but it’s now certain, Elden Ring is more than just a game that you finish and then move on to the next game.