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Bandai Namco has this week announced that From Software’s Dark Souls 3 has now surpassed over 3 million shipments worldwide.

Sourced via a post from Bandai Namco and translated by Gematsu, the shipments include 500,000 shipped in Japan and Asia, 1.5 million shipped in North America, and 1 million shipped in Europe. As a result, Dark Souls 3 also topped the PlayStation 4 sales charts for April, with titles such as Ratchet and Clank, and Rocket League following in its place

In accordance to Gamespot as well, Bandai Namco has also reported that Dark Souls 3 had “the most successful launch day” in the publisher’s history, becoming one of the “fastest-selling” titles for the company.

In other Dark Souls 3 related news, there have been a large number of reports from PC users who have said to have experienced bans from the Dark Souls 3 online servers. While some users proposed that the issue might’ve been with Dark Souls 3’s warning system, others have speculated the issue is with their actual servers.

Continuing in this line, yesterday publisher Bandai Namco stated that the Poise system, previously thought to be broken, is working as intended. What exactly that means with the stat appearing in practice to do nothing to many players. Here is the statement that Bandai Namco gave Kotaku:

“The poise stat is working as intended and is not ‘turned off’ as some fans have theorized. The stat works differently than in past games and is more situational, which seems to be the reason for the confusion.”

Continuing with issues in Dark Souls 3 it appears that hitbox detection is an issue with a series of tests done on Reddit illustrating that many straight swords despite appearing to be hitting air actually are connecting and have a longer reach than Ultra Great Swords as illustrated in the video below and some pictures.

A final word of advice on the topic for those looking to control online play. The CrossRegion Play Option on PC, which states match-making on/off as its selections, doesn’t work the way anyone would reasonably expect it to work. The only difference seems to be that when it’s off you won’t play with Japan, while if it’s on you will. That does mean there are not separate regional servers for areas like Europe where many users have higher ping to the servers in comparison to US opponents.

Dark Souls 3 Matchmaking

Along with this news, tabletop games maker Steamforged Games recently announced a Kickstarter project for Dark Souls – The Board Game. Starting off with a pledge goal of £50,000 ($98,384.85 AUS / $72,228.25 US), the Kickstarter project has already surpassed over 5000% of its initial goal, with over £2.5 million ($4,923,700.24 AUS/ $3,611,412.5 US) donated for this campaign.

Dark Souls 3 is currently out on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If you wish to know more about title, be sure to check out Perry Ruhland’s review, who awarded From Softwares title a solid 8/10, despite it feeling like “just another Dark Souls game”. 

“Really, Dark Souls III is everything you’d expect from a Dark Souls game,” Ruhland wrote in his review. “It’s dark, it’s rather difficult, and it’s got everything a dark fantasy fan could hope for.”

What are your thoughts on Dark Souls 3? Have finished Dark Souls 3 already? Are you interested in Steamforged Games kickstarter project? Let us know in the comments below!


Jason English

Staff Writer

Super famous games journalist currently based in Melbourne, Australia. Avid gamer, student, comic writer, and technology enthusiast. Jason has also heard every possible joke you can make in regards to his last name.