Elden Ring - Over 20 Million Copies Sold
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Released on February 25, 2022 as a collaboration between FromSoftware and George R.R. Martin, Elden Ring elevated the Dark Souls formula to a whole new level by adding a robust open world layer to it. Which, in just a year and with no re-releases or DLC to pad the numbers, resulted in over 20 million copies sold.
It's difficult to tell which exact aspect of Elden Ring made it so successful - the Dark Souls core, the expansive overworld, or the bits and pieces of George R.R. Martin's creative DNA scattered throughout, but with the game's higher than average completion rates (based on Steam's achievement numbers), the verdict is in - people love competently made challenging games.
Here's a press release with some additional details:
IRVINE, Calif., (Feb. 22, 2023) – Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. and FromSoftware, Inc. are pleased to announce that the co-developed action RPG ELDEN RING has shipped more than 20 million units worldwide. The title is available now on PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam®. For more information on the game, please visit www.bandainamcoent.com/games/elden-ring.
Since its release on February 25th, 2022, ELDEN RING continues to spark theories and discussions as “Tarnished” from all around the globe explore the Lands Between, piecing together characters and events to reveal a deep and mysterious lore.
Warmly welcomed by players and critically acclaimed, the title received various awards throughout the year including “Game of the Year” from The Game Awards 2022. Both Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. and FromSoftware, Inc. are very thankful for each and every player stepping into this world.
With ELDEN RING, FromSoftware, Inc. brings to life their signature carefully crafted universe and stories as imagined by Hidetaka Miyazaki, creator of the influential DARK SOULS® video game series, and George R.R. Martin, author of The New York Times’ best-selling fantasy series, “A Song of Ice and Fire.”
Players will chart their own path in the vast and seamless world of the Lands Between, on foot or riding Torrent, their trusted Spectral Steed. Exploration is endless in this world full of wonders, but dangers lurk around every corner.