Activision has said that they are pleased with Sekiro Shadows Die Twice sales, saying that the game exceeded their expectations. This was heard in the company’s Q1 financial report call, so it likely means Activision and From Software will be cooperating more in the future, and hopefully it goes well.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice released in late March earlier this year, and over the course of its lifetime so far sold millions of copies. It sold ten million in less than two days, which was a great first outing for a From Software game that went away from the Soulsborne formula.
From Software has been using that formula for around a decade now, ever since Demon’s Souls came out back in 2009 on the Playstation 3. While it, its spiritual successor Dark Souls, and Bloodborne had all become very popular for their difficulty and style, many people were skeptical about Sekiro.
However, the Sekiro Shadows Die Twice sales still gave the game a good mark in Activision’s book, even though it’s a departure from many things that the Soulsborne games had. Along with a comprehensible story, a more grounded setting, and a far squishier protagonist, even Souls veterans had trouble playing Sekiro.
Activision and From Software haven’t been partnered long, but if From Software’s games can continue churning out this level of profit then we might see the partnership be extended. Even if Activision doesn’t own From Software and was just cooperating with them to publish Sekiro, it’s still a big net gain for them.
If the Sekiro Shadows Die Twice sales result in more games from Activision and From, hopefully From Software will be able to remain independent from Activision and continue to release the same sort of quality games that they are now.
If you want to play Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice for yourself, you can play it on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC.