Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity becomes best-selling Musou game

Japanese publisher Koei Tecmo have published their financial results for the third quarter of the fiscal year 2020, giving us a closer insight into how the company and its games have performed.

It’s no surprise that Koei Tecmo’s gaming sector saw the highest number of sales in this period, helping to drive year on year growth and set new records. Game sales for the quarter brought in the majority of income, racking up more than ¥41.4 million – that’s 71.9% more than Q3 2019 (via Twinfinite).

Although impressive, these results hardly come as a surprise with Koei Tecmo reporting soaring profits earlier in 2020. One knock on effect the currently global pandemic was a sharp rise in the number of video game consoles and software being sold – however, there was a sharp decline in amusement revenues in tandem.

Some particular highlights picked out in the company’s financial results include Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. The Legend of Zelda X Musou spinoff shipped a mighty 3.5 million copies, making it the best-selling Musou game of all time. For those unfamiliar with Musou, it is better known in the west as the Warriors series that includes Dynasty Warriors, Samurai Warriors, Warriors Orochi, and the myriad anime crossovers. What makes Age of Calamity’s achievement all the more impressive is that it launched on one system, exclusively available on the Nintendo Switch.

Nioh 2 has also continued to do well, ahead of next month’s PS5 re-release as part of the The Nioh Collection. The samurai sequel shipped an additional 200,000 copies in Q3 2020. Jason reviewed Nioh 2 back at launch, 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.

In the past few years, the publisher have launched a number of sequels including fighting game sequel, Dead or Alive 6Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret HideoutAtelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack, and Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle.

We know little about what Koei Tecmo have planned for 2021. Besides the aforementioned Nioh Collection, JRPG sequel Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy is launching this month.

As for Musou fans, they’ll get their next fix soon with Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires. This strategy spinoff will hopefully steer the OG Musou series back on track following an experimental yet divisive foray into open-world gameplay with Dynasty Warriors 9.

Source: Koei Tecmo

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