business news Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, God of War Ragnarök… this week’s business news
Sales figures, studio acquisitions, accounts, developer transfer window, investments… if these topics interest you, you’ve come to the right place. We offer you an update on the past week’s business news.
- Pokemon Scarlet/Purple Sign’s biggest console exclusive launch ever
- God of War Ragnarök: 5.1 million sales in 5 days, a new record for a Sony game
- Sony must conquer the Chinese market
- Short in the week’s business news
- Our other business articles of the week
Pokemon Scarlet/Purple Sign’s biggest console exclusive launch ever
Pokemon Tidal Wave is back and it’s hitting harder than ever. 10 million sales in three days, including 4 million in Japan alone (i.e. the best launch in the history of the archipelago), this is the historic achievement achieved by the Pokémon Scarlet / Purple tandem, despite its technical problems, which have given it many reviews. As announced by Nintendo in its communicatedIt is best launch in nintendo gaming history, all consoles combined. But it’s also more broadly the biggest launch signed by an exclusive console.
Last January, Pokémon Legends Arceus found 6.5 million buyers during its first week, while Pokémon Sword/Shield had started at 6 million copies in November 2019 until they reached 25.37 million sales according to the latest figures (September 30, 2022). The best-selling opus of the license remains Pokémon Red / Blue / Green with 31.05 million copies sold.
With this cannon departure, Pokémon Scarlet / Purple will settle in very quickly classification of 10 greatest switch hits… in which there are already three other Pokémon games : Sword / Shield as mentioned above, Sparkling Diamond / Sparkling Pearl (14.92 million) and Let’s Go Pikachu / Eevee (14.84 million). The ranking continues to be dominated by Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (48.41 million) and Animal Crossing New Horizons (40.17 million), which has a good lead over Super Smash Bros Ultimate (29.53 million) and Zelda Breath of the Wild ( 27.79 million).
God of War Ragnarök: 5.1 million sales in 5 days, a new record for a Sony game
God of War: Ragnarok enters the pantheon. Santa Monica Studios game made best launch in PlayStation Studios historyas announced by Sony on its social network. Released on November 9 (i.e. a Wednesday and not a Friday as usual with Sony exclusives) on PS5 and PS4, it has passed 5.1 million copies in five daysfar exceeded the previous record set by The Last of Us Part II in July 2020 (4 million sales in three days). It therefore also exceeds the launches of Marvel’s Spider-Man (3.3 million), God of War 2018 (3.1 million), Uncharted 4 (2.7 million), Horizon Zero Dawn (2.6 million) and Ghost of Tsushima (2.4 million). Note that we are talking here about sales to consumers, and not copies distributed to retailers. As a reminder, the previous God of War recently reached 23 million sales on PS4 and PC.
Sony must conquer the Chinese market
Sony is relaunching its China Hero Project program, which was launched in 2016 and then put on hold due to the health crisis. His goal: participate in the financing and promotion of games developed by Chinese studios. During a presentation organized in Chengdu, the company announced the implementation of the third “phase” of the project, which will allow ten games to receive financial support of at least 1 million yuan (136,000 euros). Some titles will even benefit PlayStation Studios support and will be directly published by Sony, which the action game Lost Soul Aside and the cooperative TPS Convallaria. The program has already spawned seven games, namely Animal Force, ANNO: Mutationem, FIST: Forged in Shadow Torch, Hardcore Mecha, Immortal Legacy, In Nightmare and The Walker. But other titles announced in the previous phases have yet to see the light of day.
Sony used this announcement to more generally discuss its ambition towards the Chinese market. The company hopes so sell twice as many PS5s as PS4s. The latter has sold more than 3.5 million copies, while the next-gen console was at 670,000 in March 2022which still made it sound sixth largest market behind the USA, Great Britain, Japan, Germany and France.
Tatsuo Eguchi, president of Sony Interactive Shanghai, also pointed out that the success of Genshin Impact convinced the company’s management to invest more resources in China than before. The same Genshin Impact would have pushed Microsoft to seriously turn to this market to sign deals and find the next Chinese nugget.according to an article by Reuters published last month.
Short in the week’s business news
- Ubisoft will once again publish its games on Steam, starting with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on December 6, then Anno 1800 and Roller Champions on unspecified dates. Since April 2019 and the launch of Starlink Battle for Atlas, the company has not released any new games on the Valve platform, favoring its Ubisoft Connect launcher (formerly uPlay) and the Epic Games Store.
- Chinese giant NetEase will finance the first game from the Rebel Wolves studio, led by The Witcher 3 director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz. It will be a single-player, narrative-driven dark fantasy RPG coming to consoles and PC.
- NieR Automata has surpassed 7 million in sales (6.5 million in June), while NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… is at 1.5 million (1 million in June 2021).