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Elden Ring Sales Top 12 Million Units Worldwide, 1 Million in Japan

Elden Ring Sales Top 12 Million Units Worldwide, 1 Million in Japan - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 15 March 2022 / 2,814 Views

Publisher Bandai Namco and developer FromSoftware announced the action RPG, Elden Ring, has sold over 12 million units worldwide and one million units in Japan as of March 14. The figure includes physical and digital units.

"It's astonishing to see just how many people have been playing Elden Ring," said FromSoftware CEO and Director Hidetaka Miyazaki. "I'd like to extend our heartfelt thanks on behalf of the entire development team.

"Elden Ring is based on a mythological story written by George R. R. Martin. We hope players enjoy a high level of freedom when adventuring through its vast world, exploring its many secrets and facing up to its many threats. Thank you for your continued support."

Bandai Namco President and CEO Yasuo Miyakawa added, "I would like to use this opportunity to give my thanks to all our fans who have brought Elden Ring into their gaming life. I am very proud to have been involved in bringing such a wonderful and fantastic game to life with FromSoftware, under the guidance of Director Miyazaki, and with George R. R. Martin.

"Much effort was placed into creating Elden Ring so that we could exceed the expectations of our fans worldwide. In like manner, we will continue our efforts in expanding the brand beyond the game itself, and into everyone’s daily life.

"We will continue to create enjoyment and fulfillment through entertainment, so that we can come closer and connect to our fans around the world."

Elden Ring released for the Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on February 25, 2022.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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32 Comments
Qwark (on 16 March 2022)

I guess Souls now officially isn't a niche genre anymore.

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Mystro-Sama Qwark (on 18 March 2022)

They pulled themselves into the mainstream through the quality of their games. Its pretty damn impressive tbh.

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Ljink96 (on 15 March 2022)

This is absolutely insane.

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trunkswd Ljink96 (on 15 March 2022)

Doubly insane. I would not have predicted it to sell 12 million lifetime before it released, let alone in less than a month.

I was clearly way off with how huge this game was going to be.

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SvenTheTurkey trunkswd (on 16 March 2022)

In your defense, no one would have thought this of a souls game.

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Runa216 SvenTheTurkey (on 16 March 2022)

Everyone thinks of this as a souls game. Everyone who did even a picosecond's worth of research. Are you high?

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Chicho Runa216 (on 16 March 2022)

He means No one would have thought a souls game would sell like this. You need to work on your reading comprehension. He refers to it as a souls game.

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SvenTheTurkey Chicho (on 17 March 2022)

Yes. Thank you.

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Runa216 Chicho (on 17 March 2022)

yeah I see that now. my bad.

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ClassicGamingWizzz (on 16 March 2022)

Elden king!

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aTokenYeti (on 15 March 2022)

Well earned. It’s already my game of the year and barring God of War or Starfield being transcendent experiences I don’t think anything will change my opinion

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2zosteven aTokenYeti (on 16 March 2022)

could you imagine if both God of war and Starfield are better? maybe BOTW2?

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Runa216 2zosteven (on 16 March 2022)

God of War 2018 and Breath of the Wild are two of the best games of all time, so to imagine their sequels competing with Elden Ring makes me giddy. What a truly astounding year to be alive for us gamers.

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shikamaru317 (on 15 March 2022)

Wow, that is insanely fast sales. Did some digging and I only found a handful of games that sold faster; GTA V, RDR2, some of the CoD games, Cyberpunk 2077. Elden Ring is tracking ahead of Skyrim, Witcher 3, all of the other Souls-likes (including Jedi Fallen Order, the previous fastest selling Souls-like), BOTW, and many more games.

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Indeed. It's fairly comparable to the launch sales of New Horizons, which is insane since that was quite the global phenomenon.

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hinch (on 16 March 2022)

Brilliant game and deserves all the hype, praise and sales it gets. This game will no doubt push FROM to even greater heights in the eyes of the public.

Also proof for publishers that single-player games can be as popular as ever (given they are well made and executed) and live games aren't end and be all.

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Manlytears (on 16 March 2022)

GoTY 2022, no one will match Elden Ring.
Bring Zelda, GoW, Starfield... i don't care, this game will take GoTY 2022.

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Fanboys tears show, this game is pissing off so many console warriors that hate to see this as the best open world ever created 🤣

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Dulfite Manlytears (on 16 March 2022)

It is disadvantaged coming out so early in the year. The stuff that launches in summer, and even moreso in the Fall will be on people's minds more come award time. Not that it doesn't deserve it (I haven't played it yet so I wouldn't know), but when a game comes out does impact its ability to net awards, just like movies. Obviously some early games make it by the end of the year, so it's possible!

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method114 Dulfite (on 16 March 2022)

Don't think it will matter honestly. This is without question the best open world game I've ever played in my life. I was already hyped for this game and it has exceeded my expectations. I can't remember the last time I was hyped for a game and what I got was even better than what I expected. I think the last game to do that was Mass Effect 2.

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Hiku (on 16 March 2022)

Launch month sales of Elden Ring in the US were only behind Call of Duty: Vanguard, when looking at games released in the past year/12 months. And it only had 4 days to sell in its launch month.
It basically reached CoD mainstream. I don't think anyone expected that.

It's been an incredible experience so far, and I don't even like From Software games normally.
One of those games where if I'm not playing it, I'm thinking about it.

"In like manner, we will continue our efforts in expanding the brand beyond the game itself,"

I'd love to see an anime that focuses on characters like Ranni and Melina.

~Edit~

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gtotheunit91 (on 15 March 2022)

I would be making so many comments about the hype that was going into this game and how it was up there with Cyberpunk 2077. But kept getting replies saying I was out of my mind lol huge congrats to FromSoft! Hopefully they fix the issues with the game quickly to keep that momentum

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BraLoD (on 17 March 2022)

That's huge! I'm glad for them.

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Yassgragra (on 16 March 2022)

Am I the only one not familiar with what a ‘souls game’ is?

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TheLegendaryBigBoss (on 16 March 2022)

Well deserved. The game is absolutely incredible, FromSoftware does it again!

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DonFerrari (on 16 March 2022)

Great number for a FromSoftware game, but isn't japan sales a tad low in comparison?

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 15 March 2022)

Wow already making souls games sales after 1 year this is huge! For just weeks!

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Salnax (on 16 March 2022)

Does that make Elden Ring one of the best-selling JRPG's of all time bar Pokemon?

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Salnax Salnax (on 16 March 2022)

Looking at the numbers, the only JRPG games that have sold more than this are Pokemon games, Monster Hunter World, and Final Fantasy VII.

The "Souls" series already had over 31 million sales, Sekiro has 5 million sales, and Bloodborne is confirmed to be 2 million. Altogether, that's 50 million sales if you consider the games to be a single series. That would make it the #5 JRPG series of all time, behind only Pokemon, Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Monster Hunter.

I don't think they need to add an Easy Mode to attract players.

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Azzanation (on 15 March 2022)

Well done, not my type of game but i can see why many love it.

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Ayla (on 16 March 2022)

I bought it for the sake of supporting the studio. I won't play it for another year at least. I did try it for about an hour.

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