Dark Souls II ships 1.2 million copies on console

How popular is Dark Souls 2? Rather, it seems. Publisher Bandai Namco has confirmed that it sent more than 1.2 million copies to North America and Europe in the three weeks since the game’s launch.

These numbers get even more impressive when you work out what they actually represent.

1: They’re already old, dating back to March 31, 2014.

2: They don’t include the PC release of Dark Souls 2, which only launched last month.

3: Importantly, they also do not include the Japanese sales figures – From Software self-published the game there, so they’re not under Bandai Namco‘s control.

This puts Dark Souls 2 on track to perform better than the original Dark Souls, which took a month to ship 1.5 million units around the world when it was released back in 2011. Two years later (at this time last year), it had sold just under 2.4 million copies.

Despite only having been out for three weeks at the time figures were compiled, Dark Souls 2 is Bandai Namco‘s strongest software title of the past 12 months. The company posted a net profit of US$246 million, a drop of 22.6% year-on-year, but is predicting an 11.8% increase in net profits by the end of the fiscal year.

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