Dark Souls series has shipped 13 million worldwide

Bandai Namco Games announced during its latest financial results that the Dark Souls franchise has shipped 13 million units worldwide.

Speaking in a press release (translated by Gematsu), the publisher also revealed that worldwide shipments of the latest entry in the brutal hack-’n-slash franchise, Dark Souls III, has reached three million units shipped to date.

According to the report 1.5 million copies were shipped in North America, one million units in Europe, and 500,000 units in Asia. 

Note that the figures represent units shipped to retailers and not copies of games that have made their way into the hands of consumers.

Developed by From Software, Dark Souls launched in 2011 and is seen as the spiritual successor to the 2009 PlayStation 3-exclusive, Demon’s Souls. While initially a cult franchise, the series found mainstream success with the release of Dark Souls II in 2014.

Creator Hidetaka Miyazaki also worked on the PS4-exclusive Bloodborne, which while not part of the Souls series shares many similarities with its dungeon crawling cousins. Miyazaki-san has confirmed there are no plans for any new Souls games, and has begun working on a new IP.

Read our review of Dark Souls III here