When the soulsborne genre was first introduced in 2009 with Demon’s Souls, it was nothing more than a niche interpretation of the action-RPG genre. Since then, not only has the gameplay stylings expanded outwards into its own genre, but souls-like games are competing on a commercial front too. Such is the case with Nioh, which has now sold over 5 million copies across the duology.
Making the announcement, Team Ninja revealed that Nioh 1 and 2 have sold a combined 5 million copies worldwide. Nioh 1 first launched in February 2017 for the PlayStation 4, before coming to PC later that same year. This was then followed up by its sequel just over 3 years later in March 2020. Once again, the PC release came later, launching in February of this year.
From the sales breakdown provided, which puts Nioh 1 at 3 million copies sold and its sequel at 2 million, the franchise is on the up and up, with the sequel selling faster than the first entry, and securing the series as a viable franchise despite being exclusive to PlayStation consoles (and PC).
【 「仁王」シリーズ 全世界500万本突破】
— 「仁王」シリーズ公式アカウント (@nioh_game) April 28, 2021
Despite the sales success, Team Ninja previously announced that they have no plans for Nioh 3 at this time. It will be interesting to see whether this newly achieved milestone affects their decision.
Both Nioh and its sequel received a consistently high reception from both critics and fans alike, and until now serves as the only real souls-like series to be placed on similar standing with FromSoftware’s own output in the eyes of the fans. It will be interesting to see what Team Ninja has planned next.
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