Rise of the Ronin has become Koei Tecmo’s fastest-selling game, director says

PS5-exclusive is accelerating past Nioh and Nioh 2
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PS5-exclusive Rise of the Ronin may not be talked about much as far as games released this year go and caused some concerns for Koei Tecmo earlier this year with its slow launch, but it looks like the game has recovered exceedingly well: Team Ninja’s Fumihiko Yasuda stated in an interview with Japanese outlet DenFaminicoGamer that Rise of the Ronin is the best-selling Koei Tecmo game at this point, which is a little ambiguous. 

However, given that this answer fell in the context of the company’s latest financial report, which stated that Rise of the Ronin had begun to out-pace the sales of both Nioh and Nioh 2, he likely meant that the open-world RPG is the best-selling game in Koei Tecmo’s history at this point after its launch when compared to its other products in the same time period. Since the Nioh series has sold well past seven million copies in total, Rise of the Ronin sailing past it already would make little sense.

Yasuda elaborated this point during the interview, reporting that Rise of the Ronin was enjoying a long tail with steady sales, particularly in Japan, so it seems like the trend observed in the report has been confirmed in the months since its publication.

Japan was also the only market in which the game really made a splash in the charts, whereas it was completely overshadowed by Dragon’s Dogma 2 in the rest of the world. Rise of the Ronin’s release in South Korea was canceled after Yasuda’s remarks about certain historical figures and philosophies touched upon in the game sparked public outrage in the country.

Nioh, which was launched on PS4 in 2017, managed to surpass one million sales in its first two weeks on the market and then passed the three million sales milestone three years after launch. Nioh 2 was released on PS4 in March 2020 – after which the studio began working on Rise of the Ronin in earnest, according to Yasuda – and had sold two million copies by April 2021.

While we don’t have exact sales figures for the Rise of the Ronin, Yasuda’s confirmation of what the company observed is a good indicator of the game selling well above a million units by now and being on track to sell two million copies by the time its first anniversary comes around.

Marco Wutz


Marco Wutz is a writer from Parkstetten, Germany. He has a degree in Ancient History and a particular love for real-time and turn-based strategy games like StarCraft, Age of Empires, Total War, Age of Wonders, Crusader Kings, and Civilization as well as a soft spot for Genshin Impact and Honkai: Star Rail. He began covering StarCraft 2 as a writer in 2011 for the largest German community around the game and hosted a live tournament on a stage at gamescom 2014 before he went on to work for Bonjwa, one of the country's biggest Twitch channels. He branched out to write in English in 2015 by joining tl.net, the global center of the StarCraft scene run by Team Liquid, which was nominated as the Best Coverage Website of the Year at the Esports Industry Awards in 2017. He worked as a translator on The Crusader Stands Watch, a biography in memory of Dennis "INTERNETHULK" Hawelka, and provided live coverage of many StarCraft 2 events on the social channels of tl.net as well as DreamHack, the world's largest gaming festival. From there, he transitioned into writing about the games industry in general after his graduation, joining GLHF, a content agency specializing in video games coverage for media partners across the globe, in 2021. He has also written for NGL.ONE, kicker, ComputerBild, USA Today's ForTheWin, The Sun, Men's Journal, and Parade. Email: marco.wutz@glhf.gg