Submitted by OnionKnight 1930d ago | news

Demon's Souls Sells Triple What Atlus USA Expected

Atlus USA had a modest goal of 35,000 for Shin Megami Tensei: Persona. The remastered PSP game sold 49,000 units in North America. Good, but not quite Demon's Souls. Atlus planned to sell 75,000 copies of Demon's Souls in North America. The critically acclaimed game surpassed three times that number with 280,000 units in sales by the end of their second fiscal quarter, February 28, 2010. (101-in-1 Party Megamix Wii, Demon's Souls, PS3, PSP, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona, Wii)

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ifhd  +   1930d ago
Only one trophy to platinum.
AntoineDcoolette  +   1930d ago
Lol, my friend was one trophy away from platinum when his PS3 got a YLOD and he lost all of his Demon's Souls saves. Luckily for him it was one of the easier trophies.
TOO PAWNED  +   1930d ago
Only one more proof that VGchartz is joke site
Atlus says 280k by end of February. I doubt it sold 280k more in March ahaha VGjoke
Montrealien  +   1930d ago
Too Pawned. you are more then welcome to start your own site that does what VG chartz does.

/on topic

this is great news! This game deserves it, I hate it, but I know its a great game that has an audience and if it makes Atlus feel more confident in importing great Jrpgs to NA that good news for all who enjoy those kinds of games.
GrieverSoul  +   1930d ago
Im glad to know this!
This game is amazing and it really exceeded my expections! Its really, really good.
jjohan35  +   1930d ago
I still haven't tried out Demon's Souls yet. So many PS3 games this year. I'm hoping it will support the PS Move.
SaiyanFury  +   1930d ago
Demon's Souls is indeed awesome. Now if FROM Software can bring themselves to make a new King's Field, I'll be in Heaven!
Anon1974  +   1930d ago
Yeah, I wouldn't go trusting Vgchartz for anything.
At the beginning of 2010 they were short 3 million PS3's sold worldwide compared to official data. 3 million! There once was a time when Vgchartz would make adjustments when official data was available but not any more. Who knows what they're doing now.
Christopher  +   1930d ago
The game deserved 1 million+ sales, IMHO. Haven't devoted as much time to it as I wanted... but damn what I have played is just freaking awesome.
Chubear  +   1930d ago
@1.8 You're so right. This game is essentially an adult version of Monster Hunter and should sell similarly give or take a mill or two
Regardless, it selling beyond (pun intended) what they expected means one thing - DEMON SOULS II

The day it's announced I will scream like a little school girl all through my neighborhood.
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Orange  +   1930d ago
Yeah, I stopped playing with 1 trophy left. I think it was pure moonstone? Whatever, it was killing me trying to farm that thing.
xTruthx  +   1930d ago
It did extremely well considering it was a new IP + it was an RPG + No ads.
thelastawakening  +   1930d ago
I need 2 more trophies till platnium ,,, bladestone and marrowstone:p
ShiNe-Box-  +   1930d ago
The Triple only does triple expected sales :p
xabmol  +   1930d ago
Puer Bladestone!!! >.<"
That's all I need for my platinum. I still pop DS in every now and again just to farm that evil red skelzor.
kwicksandz  +   1930d ago
Still no PAL release.
F u sony
DaTruth  +   1930d ago
Pure Bladestone and all rings!(could have got the all rings at any time)
But that pure Bladestone was impossible. I played that game from day 1 till FF13 release. Then GOW3 and just picked up JC2. Guess that's the end!

I never tried harder to Platinum a game and if it didn't happen in all that time... screw it!
AntoineDcoolette  +   1930d ago
That's great news for a niche title
And always a nice surprise to be proven wrong when you vastly under estimate projected sales.
Godmars290  +   1930d ago
Still you're going to get cases like Square either supporting the 360 over the PS3, or just the 360. Trying to make the 360 a JRPG console with par and sub-par JRPGs.
Seferoth75  +   1930d ago
280k is a success? You must be new here? The Wiis niche titles are constantly bashed as complete failures for achieving 300k to 600k in sales and Wii games dont even need as many sales as HD games.

This game sold less than Madworld. Widely consider by Sony fans to be the proof games do not sale on Wii.

This game bombed hard
thedisagreefairy  +   1930d ago
it sold
alot in japan
Godmars290  +   1930d ago
Thought Madworld did 28K? Also this is US-only sales, not world sales in total.

If VGchartz is anything to go by, then DS outsold Mad 2-1. Marketing might have helped it sell better, but then how do you market a game like that?
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garos82  +   1930d ago
your a knob head. thats just NA sales.

now come on atlus and release this in eu! i really want it!

@below i think i read a few weeks ago here on N4G there was an rticle saying they were gonna release an eu version. not atlus but some other company. but either way i can still dream
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ClownBelt  +   1930d ago
Stop dreaming bro. Atlus don't have a European branch. The only two publishers who has a probability of releasing this to Europe are Sony themselves or Square Enix.
TOO PAWNED  +   1930d ago

It sold 190k in Japan, i don't think that's a lot. But you are one of those Sony fans that like to use Japan as escape goat. When someone says it underperformed in USA and EU, you are BUT BUT BUT there is Japan without knowing numbers. Like i said escape goat
Redempteur  +   1930d ago
demon souls is not a game for everyone

you were expecting a million , even atlus expected 75k ... you should be glad that the game sold so much ... everyone is happy but some people think every game had to sell 1million to be succes ... that's so far from the truth ..
thedisagreefairy  +   1930d ago
why did i get
disagrees for saying demon souls sold alot in japan.

all together thats about 500,000 sold
m-s-8-2  +   1930d ago
heh, "escape" goat.
Godmars290  +   1930d ago
Don't know how I can't use Japan as an "escape goat" in this instance when DS has still yet to be released in EU. Its wholly Sony's/Fromsoft's fault that it wasn't given a worldwide release, but how isn't it a credit to the game itself that its sold better than a title on another platform that was released to EU/US/JP market at the same time with a healthy does of advertising?

How does it not say that if the game had been given the same treatment it would have sold a million by now?
Gen0ne  +   1930d ago
Ha. I thought the same thing.
Aphe  +   1930d ago
TOO PAWNED, here's your escape goat -

Mahr  +   1930d ago
"The only two publishers who has a probability of releasing this to Europe are Sony themselves or Square Enix"

And in a classic example of expectations vs. reality, the European release is being handled by Namco Bandai.
ernsttco  +   1930d ago
If Sony marketed their games. One of my favorites this generation.
Gago  +   1930d ago
its puzzling
atlus realizes the game is commercial and critical success

but still will not release it in europe, which could potentially put it over 750,000 units
tdinc  +   1930d ago
Best RPG 2009
Bordel_1900  +   1930d ago
I agree, Demon's Souls is an excelent game, so sad Sony didn't release it Europe.
Finalfantasykid  +   1930d ago
Didn't they say that they were working on one finally?
harv711  +   1930d ago
I wish they would have a DLC for the broken archstone. Really I got hooked hard on this game, but getting the Pure Bladestone was a pain. But I did finally get my platinum :P
arakouftaian  +   1930d ago
Well they did create a great new IP
I'm glad is Sony IP I hope this games goes in hand of
Santa Monica,they could make this game 10 times better
no offence to The other developers I think is From Software
or I hope they use GOW3 engine for the next Demon Souls
that will make this game a easy GOTY I mean the gameplay already
is top quality.
Anon7349  +   1930d ago
You're an idiot.
That's an awful idea.
arakouftaian  +   1930d ago
I hope Demon Souls 2 relise world wide
Everywere at the same time
and for our friends in EU I hope you guys get
a set with the original DS and remember you guys can allways import it
from US only if you play your PS3 in HDMI cable
but this days who don't?
Aphe  +   1930d ago
Best game of last year imo, and definitely one of the most innovative.
midgard227  +   1930d ago
for real. hopefully this pushes them to make part 2 for us all :)
ALFAxD_CENTAURO  +   1930d ago
Uncharted 2 and Demons Souls, both have the GOTY awards in different Official Gaming sites.

But Uncharted 2 won the GOTY in VGA's.
Aphe  +   1930d ago
Yeah I'm aware of that ALFAxD, and I loved UC2 as well but Demons Souls was better in my opinion. That's why I put imo, I'm sure everyone else has their favourites. Not sure why you brought up UC2 tbh :\
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BannedForNineYears  +   1930d ago
Of course it did! It's only one of the best games I've played in my life.
You just have to stick with it, most people won't like it when they're on the third level.
But once you get past it and beat the game, and then do NG+, you'll LOVE it. I got freaking addicted to it.
Until my data got corrupted right before NG+++++++...Sad day...
midgard227  +   1930d ago
ibeat the game but i broke my ps3 by accident :( (i killed laser) so had to start over, sucks they lock the save data, tho i understand why, but still
Redempteur  +   1930d ago
if it's just the lens you could have imported the save on your new ps3 ...or done a ps3 to PS3 TRANsFERT ..
AssassinHD  +   1930d ago
I absolutely love this game. I am on my NG + right now, but I am waiting to enter NG++ until my best friend catches up to me. I am helping him through his file right now.

I just wish I could find a Pure Darkmoonstone so I can get my Crescent Uchigatana to +5.
CherryLu-Chan  +   1930d ago
Best game of this gen
Adore Demon's Souls to pieces, still scrapping like a daft lad through it, loving every minute.
NYC_Gamer  +   1930d ago
they need to release this game in the euro market....
Chubear  +   1930d ago
I have a hunch
they'll likely package Demon Souls 1&2 together for EU. Now wouldn't that be special :)
ginsunuva  +   1930d ago
probably waiting for MOVE release.
Gun_Senshi  +   1930d ago
I know its in june I cannot wait >.<
Gamer7l  +   1930d ago
How sad....
...that the PS3 is STILL floundering in the U.S. , and so much so, that publishers have such low expectations for their games here. And DS is a western-style RPG, which makes this even more pathetic. It's a shame that From Software cranked out 2 turds exclusively for the 360, then decided to put some effort into their lone PS3 exclusive. This game would have sold DOUBLE the amount on the 360, in the U.S.

@ ClownButt:

That only helps prove my point, genious. A collaboration with Sony gave the the U.S. publisher practically ZERO confidence in DS's chances in the U.S.
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ClownBelt  +   1930d ago
This is a Sony owned IP numbnuts. From Software and SCE Japan worked together to put up this title.

Putting this on the 360 means disaster.


You don't know the word "niche" title aren't you. Once again, numbnuts. lol
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Silly gameAr  +   1930d ago
I don't know where you have been for the past couple of years, but I think it's time to crawl out of that dark cave you've been hiding in.

From what I hear, PS3 games are doing just fine. If this game was on the x360 It probably would have suffered the same fate as Lost Odyssey or any other game that's not a shooter.
midgard227  +   1930d ago
wtf? how is this western? cuz its not turnbased or anime looking? wtf, if u didnt know western games are easy and DS is to difficult for xbox fanboys to beat.

im glad DS is the way it is.

LOL at calling a jrpg western styled because they arent anime
Darkfocus  +   1930d ago
well actually demons souls is actually very old school western style if you played older PC RPGs it's really similar.
Meryl  +   1930d ago
lol bot in denial, it would not have sold this much in the us, this game is a very hard game, I am not sure if x360 gamers would have the patience for this kind of game.
just wait until it comes to europe it will cross the 1 million mark then it will be the best selling 'wrpg' styled game released in a while
goku32359  +   1930d ago
What can I say, its a great game. It definitely deserves the sales.
Maybe this will push Atlus to make a sequel
Silly gameAr  +   1930d ago
If you guys get a chance, you should check out the soundtrack. I didn't pay attention to the music while I was playing the game, but I downloaded it and Demon's Souls has great music.
karl  +   1930d ago
awesome game
to bad that its just to damn hard for me -.-
i got till the spiderboss but thats it... couldnt get any further.
altough i still refuse to trade it in ... i will finish the damn game.
spunnups  +   1930d ago
demon souls wiki page is your best friend. do not melee that spider, instead range attack any way you can and bring a few "friends" (blue souls) if you can. cooperative play is to your advantage. good luck!
midgard227  +   1930d ago
if u'd like some advice i killed him with arrows. dodge, roll shoot, i used cats eye ring to make me hit harder when i was almost dead. only way i cud kill him, o and make sure ur armor is light or just wear as little possible so u can roll fast, otherwise ur screwed.

i play the game with only light armor, rather not get hit at all than to stay still and be able to take damage
I killed that big insect with a dagger... I don't suggest trying it though, it wasn't worth the effort.

Arrows/dodge all the way like Midgard said..
AssassinHD  +   1930d ago
You don't even really have to dodge. Just equip the thief ring and hug the left wall at the entrance. He will miss with all of his fire attacks. He might still hit you with web attacks, but that is nothing to be worried about.
Darkfocus  +   1930d ago
You can easily melee the spider so long as you use a weapon that has decent reach and use the purple flame shield(theirs a better fire shield but I can't remember the name of it and you probably wouldn't be able to carry it first play through anyway unless you went all strength)
midgard227  +   1930d ago
omg a dagger? wtf u crazy guy haha. props on that feat.

does anyone know if they use the redstone around the area where u fight the boss tornado head u will become the boss for another player to fight????? its bada$$
karl  +   1930d ago
thx 4 the advice guys
ppl always tells me how this is supposed to be the easiest boss, but the tower knight was a lot easier for me..

will try with the bow tomorrow... wish me luck xD
spunnups  +   1930d ago
For a game that sold based on Word-Of-Mouth alone and a very limited supply of copies thats very good for a GREAT Action RPG.
Great news, but I don't want to see a Demon's Souls game every 2 years now that gets progressively worse. It pretty much sums up 100% of series I loved in the past. Yeah, 100%.

While DS was stellar, I have a feeling that DS 2 might be kinda like when someone does something funny the first time, and notices people laugh, so they keep on doing it until you just want to punch them (see: Sequels).

Kinda happy/kinda worried. I hope they know what they're doing, because DS 2 is definitely coming.
TheColbertinator  +   1930d ago
Good work Atlus.Word of mouth really helped out Demons Souls
rezzah  +   1930d ago
It probably could of sold more if it was slightly easier, but then again what made it so hard iswhat made it Demons Souls.
cmrbe  +   1930d ago
One of very few games
i truly respect.
thelastawakening  +   1930d ago
blah , i'm lvl 224 and and its so hard to play with other people, I need someone to soulsucker me about 50 lvls down ...hit me up
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OGharryjoysticks  +   1930d ago
280,000 is an insult. And I was hoping it would become a Best Seller title so I could get it in the new box style
Surt  +   1930d ago
Amazing goddamn game
If they make a part 2. I'm calling out of work the day it hits stores.
ELite_Ghost  +   1930d ago
Can't find it anywhere... :(
ExposingLames  +   1930d ago
ya you missed out man...unless you see it on ebay or something....such a great, great, underrated game

and the multiplayer aspect is very unique and bad ass

the game does have some bugs and glitches...many of which have to do with the absurd auto save feature......but besides that its a top notch game

i am weary of buying anything else by FROMsoftware in the future tho....some big bugs and ive heard its hasnt got 1 single patch...i quit playing after my game data got jacked up
Arkem  +   1930d ago
I'm really glad to hear this, the game really deserves this! I love this game so much, if it weren't for all of my gamer brethren I would not have heard of this amazing jewel.
Godmars290  +   1930d ago
I'd like to see this game on the 360, just think that the multiplayer cohesion of XBL would ruin the solitary spirit of the game.

Fable 2 is probably be as close as it gets.
CellularDivision  +   1930d ago
Halo 1 sold more than that im sure.
chaostheory  +   1930d ago
This, right here, is something I would like Fanboys to take note of, a games success or failure is not determined by its sales relative to other games its determined by its sales relative to expectations. Since nobody makes a product that they expect to fail every sail above expectations is additional profit for the developer/publisher. Thus every game that sells at or above (or even slightly below) expectations is considered as success, so can we please stop saying how game X sold in relation to game Y.
Meryl  +   1930d ago
demon souls is coming to europe now, yay, expect more sales it will cross the 1 million mark i predict
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