Well, who would have thought it the spiritual successor to one of the most lauded video game series in existence would sell well!
Actually, Sony seemingly didn’t. In a recent interview, Fergal Gara, UK head of Sony Computer Entertainment, commented on the company’s surprise at Bloodborne‘s ongoing retail success. Currently weighing in as a chart-topping title among those on console, as of April 5, Bloodborne has sold more than one million copies.
Gara explains to MCV:
It did surprise us, We had expectations to do well. We looked at the Souls series as a frame of reference, and we thought we could do better than that. We did – and then some. Relative to some of our sister territories, we were being quite ambitious, but even that proved to be conservative. I think Bloodborne might have just landed just at the right time; it was a relatively quiet time, it was a very high quality title and a great platform differentiator for us. We were caught a little bit behind in terms of the volume, but we were able to chase it and maximise its potential.
While it’s fantastic that a franchise as loved as Demon’s Souls has had the chance to find itself reborn into the current generation. I do furrow my brow when it comes to the seemingly irrational distrust the industry has for its own intellectual property. It takes a mere glance at the tumultuous whirlpool that is the Internet to know that anything made by From Software, with even the most cursory of gestures towards the beloved Souls games is going to be jumped on by hundreds of thousands of people, and clearly in this case millions. Perhaps this is the turning of the tide, at least for Sony. Maybe we can expect more investment into what may otherwise be seen as a very niche market. We can only hope!