Namco Bandai Reveal Disappointing Sales for Soulcalibur V
Posted by Katy Ellis
Namco Bandai has revealed its first quarterly financial report, sadly showing the disappointing sales of their latest update of the Soulcalibur series. On the 30th June, Soulcalibur V's sales were reported to be standing at 1.38 million copies. Soulcalibur IV accumulated 2.3 million sales in eight months, a million more units than Soulcalibur V, though bear in mind it has only been on sale for six months.
Overall, Namco Bandai netted 13.8 billion yen (roughly £113 million) from software sales during the first financial quarter and 108 billion yen (£894 million) in total from sales their toy retailing and arcade sectors. This equated to a profit of 45 billion yen (£370 million), which is 31% higher than the first quarter of 2011.
Soulcalibur V received some great reviews; we credited Namco Bandai's latest fighter with an excellent score of 8/10, commenting that the gameplay "shines as brightly as the holy blade the game is named after" and that there had never been a better time for series newcomers to join the Soulcalibur party.
What will this mean for Soulcalibur VI? Only time — and hopefully more sales — will tell.