Koei Tecmo, the Japanese publisher behind popular video game series such as Dynasty Warriors and Dead Or Alive, are having a strong 2020 according to the company’s latest financial results.
As spotted by Twinfinite, during their first quarter (between April 1st and June 30th) Koei Tecmo reported a 68.2% year on year increase in entertainment sales while entertainment profits soared by a whopping 484.7%. Meanwhile, amusement sales were down by 22.4% with amusement profits dropping 89.1%.
This shift in numbers for Koei Tecmo’s entertainment and amusement sectors is no doubt influenced by the COVID-19 outbreak and ensuing lockdown which has led to a sharp rise of video game sales across the industry. Naturally, the ongoing pandemic has had a devastating impact on amusement arcades.
You can find the official Koei Tecmo Q1 financial highlights here for a more detailed breakdown.
In the past year or so, the publisher have launched a number of sequels including fighting game sequel, Dead or Alive 6, Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout, Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack, and Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle.
In 2020 we also had Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV and, of course, Nioh 2, which shipped a million copies in its launch month of May. Jason review the PlayStation 4 exclusive, awarding it a magnificent 9/10:
Nioh 2 builds on the excellence of the original with a fistful of new twists and ideas, from new Yokai abilities to full-on co-op through the entire game. Nioh 2 might well be the best Soulslike that isn’t a FromSoftware game, and it’s easily one of my personal contenders for Game of the Year.
As for what Koei Tecmo have coming next, their Gust-developed adaptation of the popular anime Fairy Tail is due to launch this week. Further down the line, however, things get a little murkier. We’re still waiting to hear what the publisher has planned for the next generation of home consoles. It’s been a while since a new mainline instalment in their Warriors franchise was announced.
Dynasty Warriors 9 launched more than two years ago, failing to strike a chord with fans or critics with its shift to a open-world formula. Usually, each Dynasty Warriors game is followed up with ports and expansions though DW9 received no such treatment – hopefully Koei Tecmo and Omega Force are busy working on a next-gen sequel.