Dark Souls III on PS4 Debuts Selling 82% of First Shipment in Japan; Fails to Make Top 50 on Xbox One

While in the west we have to wait until April 12th to get our hands on Dark Souls III, Japan got its fix last week, and after releasing the top 20 on Wednesday, in which the PS4 version of the game nabbed a second place behind the new game of the ever-selling Dragon Quest franchise, they have now released the top 50.

Unfortunately, the poor installed base of the Xbox One (which is now sitting at 65,749 in the country), played a trick on the dedicated version of From Software’s latest game, that did not appear even in the top 50. The analysis from the firm, which normally provides total numbers for both platforms, this time around talks only about PS4, probably indicating that the Xbox One version sold a really negligible quantity.

In comparison, the Xbox 360 version of Dark Souls II debuted in 14th place with 5,950 copies sold. To be fair, though, by then the Xbox 360 had an installed base of 1,642,363 units in the country.

Moving on to the PS4 version, Media Create reveals that it sold 82.51% of its initial shipment in Japan. Numbers (210,141), are a bit lower than Dark Souls II‘s debut on PS3, that launched with a first place and 255,197 units moved, selling 90.19% of the initial shipment.

Of course, even here we have to mention that the installed base of the PS3 was 9,875,141 at that time, while this week’s numbers bring the PS4 to a total installed base in Japan of 2,653,679. If we look at it proportionally, the initial attach rate of Dark Souls III is much better than that of its predecessor.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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