Mobile RPG Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds has broken the $100 million barrier in just days, beating heavy-hitting titles like Pokemon Go and Genshin Impact. This is despite the fact that Cross Worlds has only launched in five markets in Asia.
Just how successful is Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds?
This news comes to us from mobile platform Sensor Tower. Data gathered by the platform shows that Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds made $100 million just 11 days after it launched. For context, it took Pokemon Go 12 days to break the $100 million barrier, while Genshin Impact reached this milestone in 13 days. At time of writing, Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds is only available in five markets: Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Macau. As you might expect, Japan accounts for the majority of the game's revenue, with South Korea in second place and Taiwan bringing up third.
Could this mean a reversal of fortunes for Ni no Kuni owner Level-5?
This news will no doubt be encouraging for original Ni no Kuni developer Level-5, whose fortunes have been less than stellar in recent times. Last October, the Japanese developer all but shuttered its North American operations, suggesting that the futures of prominent Level-5 franchises like Ni no Kuni and Professor Layton were in doubt in the West. Although Level-5 isn't involved in Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds on a development level - that honor goes to Lineage 2: Revolution developer Netmarble - this is a Level-5 property, and thus Level-5 will profit from the venture. Cross Worlds' performance may well give the company a lifeline and help them to stabilize themselves after the Yokai Watch bubble burst.
Of course, Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds' initial success doesn't necessarily translate to long-term appeal, so we'll have to wait and see how the game performs in the coming weeks and months. It's also worth noting that the game is unavailable in the West, so this also doesn't mean Level-5 will be able to return to its former prominence in Western markets, although it could also mean that there is even more opportunity for growth here. Nevertheless, the stellar performance of the game in Eastern markets will be cause for celebration for Level-5. We'll bring you more on this game as soon as we get it.
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