Business news Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, God of War Ragnarök… Business News of the Week
Sales figures, studio purchases, financial statements, developer transfer windows, investments… If these topics interest you, you’ve come to the right place. We offer you an update on last week’s business news.
- Pokemon Scarlet/Purple Signs Biggest Console Exclusive Launch
- God of War Ragnarök: 5.1 million sold in 5 days, a new record for a Sony game
- Sony to conquer the Chinese market
- A summary of the week’s business news
- Our other business articles of the week
Pokemon Scarlet/Purple Signs Biggest Console Exclusive Launch
Pokemon Tidal Wave is back, and it’s hitting harder than ever. 10 crore sales in three days, with 4 million in Japan alone (i.e. the best launch in the history of the islands), this is the historic performance achieved by the Pokemon Scarlet / Purple tandem, despite the technical problems that earned it many reviews. According to Nintendo’s announcement communicationit is Best launch in Nintendo game history, all consoles combined. But it’s also the biggest debut signed by a console exclusive more broadly.
Last January, Pokémon Legend Arceus found 6.5 million buyers in its first week, while Pokemon Sword/Shield launched in November 2019 from 6 million copies to 25.37 million sold, according to the latest figures. (September 30, 2022). The best-selling creation of the license remains Pokemon Red/Blue/Green with 31.05 million copies sold.
With this canon departure, Pokemon Scarlet/Purple will settle in very quickly its classification 10 Biggest Switch Hits… which already has three other Pokemon games. : The aforementioned Sword / Shield, Sparkling Diamond / Sparkling Pearl (14.92 million) and Let’s Go Pikachu / EV (14.84 million). Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (48.41 million) and Animal Crossing New Horizons (40.17 million) continue to dominate the rankings, with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (29.53 million) and Zelda Breath of the Wild (27.79 million) starting well.
God of War Ragnarök: 5.1 million sold in 5 days, a new record for a Sony game
God of War: Ragnarok enters the pantheon. The game was developed by Santa Monica Studios Best launch in PlayStation Studios historyAs announced by Sony social communication. Released on PS5 and PS4 on November 9 (that’s Wednesday, and not Friday as usual with Sony exclusives), it’s passed 5.1 million copies in five daysfar beyond The previous record was set by The Last of You Part II in July 2020 (4 million sold in three days).. So it also surpassed 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 about sales to consumers here, and not copies distributed to resellers. As a reminder, previous God of War recently reached 23 million sales on PS4 and PC.
Sony to conquer the Chinese market
Sony is relaunching its China Hero Project program, 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 held in Chengdu, the firm announced the implementation of the third “phase” of the project, which will allow Ten games will receive financial support of at least 1 million yuan (136,000 euros).. Some titles will even benefit PlayStation Studio support and will be published directly by Sony, as Action game Lost Souls aside and cooperative TPS Convaleria. The program has already produced seven games, such as Animal Force, ANNO: Mutationname, Fist: Forged in Shadow Torch, Hardcore Mecha, Immortal Legacy, In Nightmare and The Walker. But other titles announced in the previous phase are yet to see the light of day.
Sony took advantage of the announcement to discuss its ambitions with the Chinese market more generally. The company expects Sell twice as many PS5s as PS4s. The latter sold over 3.5 million copies The next-gen console was 670,000 in March 2022Which still makes it sound Sixth largest market Behind the US, UK, Japan, Germany and France.
Tatsuo Eguchi, president of Sony Interactive Shanghai, noted that the success of Genshin Impact convinced the company’s management to invest more resources in China than ever before. This same Genshin Impact will force Microsoft to sign contracts and seriously move into this market to find the next Chinese nugget.According to an article by Reuters Published last month.
A summary of the week’s business news
- Ubisoft will once again publish its games on Steam, starting with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on December 6, followed by Anno 1800 and Roller Champions at an unspecified date. Since April 2019 and the launch of Starlink Battle for Atlas, the firm has not released any new games on the Valve platform in favor of its Ubisoft Connect Launcher (formerly uPlay) and the Epic Game Store.
- Chinese giant NetEase will finance the first game from Rebel Wolves Studios, led by The Witcher 3 director Konrad Tomaskiewicz. It’s a single-player, narrative-driven dark fantasy RPG, coming to consoles and PC.
- NieR Automata sales surpassed 7 million (6.5 million in June), while NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… at 1.5 million (1 million in June 2021).