Media Create Blames Monster Hunter World, Open World and More for Dynasty Warriors 9's Drop in Sales

Dynasty Warriors 9's debut sales in Japan were about 60% of its predecessor and 70% of the initial shipment. Media Create tries to explain why.

By Giuseppe Nelva

February 17, 2018

Following its top-twenty ranking released on Wednesday, Media Create just concluded the week by posting its full analysis of the Japanese market between February 5th and February 11th.

The analysis focuses mostly on Koei Tecmo’s Dynasty Warriors 9. Unfortunately, while the 117,495 sold last week are nothing to sneeze at, they represent only 70.59% of the initial shipment. This is also less than 60% of the release of Dynasty Warriors 8 in 2013, which debuted with 203,000 copies.

Media Create blames the drop in sales on the fact that the series has been absent from the shelves for five years, and to the major change in gameplay with the introduction of the open world system. In addition to that, there is also the possibility that a “considerable” amount of users were absorbed by Capcom’s Monster Hunter World, which ranked first for three consecutive weeks.

Dynasty Warriors 9 launched in Japan on February 8th, and Koei Tecmo was actually rather fast in the localization process. The game has hit the worldwide shelves on February 13th, and reception seems to be particularly polarized on several factors. If you want to know what we thought about it, you can read our review.

If you’re interested in Monster Hunter World, you can also enjoy our review.


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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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