Soul Calibur 6's launch sales were solid according to Bandai Namco; profits rose over 30 percent in latest financial report

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • February 9, 2019 at 10:08 a.m. PST | Comments: 30

Companies are now in the process of releasing their latest financial reports for the period running from October – December 2018 for investors and the public, and Bandai Namco's numbers during that time are looking strong.

The developer behind three of the fighting game community's biggest currently supported titles posted significant growth for the third quarter of the 2019 fiscal year thanks to increased sales in their gaming, toys and entertainment businesses.

Soul Calibur 6 was the first new game to release in the series since 2014's Lost Swords free-to-play title, and it appears to have been a success in financial terms in the eyes of Bandai Namco.

The Japanese quarterly report states that "for home console games, Soul Calibur 6 saw a steady / favorable launch in global sales while previously released games also performed well."

No specific sales figures for SC6 have been revealed, however, and while Dragon Ball properties are mentioned multiple times during the postings for their continued success, neither FighterZ nor Tekken 7 were referenced directly.

Dragon Ball FighterZ became the fastest selling Dragon Ball game ever when it released in January of 2018 having shipped out over 2 million copies in its first week and has sold over 3.5 million as of October of last year. Tekken 7 was announced to have had passed over 3.6 million copies sold at the Tekken World Tour Finals in December 2018.

Soul Calibur 6's apparent success should come as little surprise considering code for potential new DLC characters was recently added to the title in one of its most recent updates beyond the already announced Season Pass.

DLC code relating to Amy and Cassandra had already been allegedly discovered in SC6's files plus entries for up to six more fighters with possible ties / connections to characters like Setsuka, Hwang, Rock and others.

Bandai Namco's operating income and profits were both up over 30 percent from the same period in 2017 with profits reaching 53.5 billion yen ($487.5 million USD). Profits for the Network Entertainment segment, which contains the gaming division, was up over seven percent to 35.3 billion yen ($321.6 million).

Capcom also recently released their third quarter financial information where the company revealed Street Fighter 5 had sold over 700,000 more units to reach 2.9 million total by the end of December and sits as the fourth best selling game in the series.

Translations by Dakota "DarkHorse" Hills.

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