It's no secret, at this point, that Elden Ring has been a monumental success since it launched back in February. Earlier in the year we caught wind that it sold over 13 million copies within about a month of release, while the game also dominated YouTube viewing stats during its launch window. Critically it didn't do too badly either did it; we gave it a 10/10! The good news? Bandai Namco says there's more where that came from.
In an in-depth interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Bandai Namco's Arnaud Muller talked all things Elden Ring, along with the publisher's other recent achievements. While the company is focusing on creating new IP for the western market, it knows how big Japanese games can be in the west, especially after Elden Ring. Here's what Muller had to say about what comes next:
"Bandai Namco Europe is focused on developing its own IPs and increasing the weight of the portfolio in the West within the Bandai Namco Group, but there is so much great content coming from Japan that we're very excited for the years to come, and Elden Ring, I'm tempted to say, is just the beginning of that."
It'll be music to the ears of many that Bandai Namco is still focused on bringing Japanese titles to the west, especially in a post-Elden Ring world. It's hard to imagine that Elden Ring won't hugely influence the Japanese development scene, especially with teams looking for big success abroad.
Muller also notes that Elden Ring has now shipped over 16.5 million copies, an absolutely massive number for a primarily-single-player game that launched in February of this year. It's no surprise, then, that the publisher is "very happy with the relationship with FromSoftware", and we too hope said relationship spawns some amazing Xbox games in future!
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