Ahead of the release of the third game in the series, Dark Souls 3, developer From Software announced that the entire franchise has now shipped around 8.5 million copies across all it’s previous installments. This figure comes from a recent presentation attended by Japanese video game publication Famitsu.

There was a slide that showed the original Dark Souls from 2011 (including the Artorias of the Abyss version) have reached more than 5.6 million units sold.

The slide also showed that Dark Souls II, also counting Scholar of the First Sin version, have combined for more than 2.9 million worldwide sales.

This means that overall, Dark Souls has sold more than 8.5 million units globally. This doesn’t include From Software’s other two extremely famous games: Bloodborne and Demon’s Souls.

The next entry into the Dark Souls series is Dark Souls III, which will be launching for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC in 2016. The game was shown at E3, and will be directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki. This third game has a lot to live up to, but I have high hopes for it. The company knows what it is doing, as shown by the sales of the previous titles.

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