Dark Souls 3 has already started shattering video game sales records.
Bandai Namco announced that the game is its most successful title launch to date, and that sales were "incredibly strong" in its first week, making it the fastest-selling game in the company's history.
Dark Souls 3 released on March 24 in Japan, and followed that with a worldwide launch on April 12. It was the top-selling game in the UK during its first week, and was also highly successful in the rest of the world. There are no numbers available yet for how the game sold in North America, particularly, the U.S., but once those sales figures get released, it's likely to show much of the same.
Although Bandai Namco did not release actual sales figures, the company seems pleased with the success of Dark Souls 3. The company, did, however, release a new trailer for the game.
In spite of its sales success, Dark Souls 3 isn't without its issues: PC users reported a bug that kept them from progressing through the game thanks to some extremely detailed graphics that involved flowing cloth, lighting and fire. Gamers quickly learned that turning down the lighting setting fixed the problem, though, without losing any graphics quality. Bandai Namco plans on releasing a patch to fix the bug soon.
Dark Souls 3 puts players in the shoes of an undead warrior, the Ashen One, in the fictional kingdom of Lothric. The Ashen One must resolve issues that could lead to an apocalypse, thanks to a war between the Light and the Dark. This means that he must kill the Lords of Cinder, who were once heroes in that world.
The Dark Souls game franchise is known for its notoriously difficult challenges, as well as its potential to make gamers scream in frustration as they often die over and over. However, the third game does promise that those players with persistence will have access to several different endings, depending on what choices they made during gameplay.
Difficult or not, though, reviews are mostly positive for the third title in the franchise.
Dark Souls 3 is available now on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.