Stellar Blade Shines in Japan and US Despite Supply Shortages

Stellar Blade becomes Japan's best-selling new disc release, selling 67,131 copies at retail despite short supply. The game also debuts in second position on the US PS Store chart, beating out Microsoft's Sea of Thieves.

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Stellar Blade Shines in Japan and US Despite Supply Shortages

Stellar Blade Shines in Japan and US Despite Supply Shortages

Stellar Blade, the debut PS5 game from Shift Up, has become Japan's best-selling new disc release, selling an impressive 67,131 copies at retail during the period of April 22 to May 5, 2024, according to data from Famitsu. This achievement is particularly notable given the game's short supply, which led to physical copies selling out in Japan.

In addition to its success in Japan, Stellar Blade has also made a strong showing in the US PS Store chart, debuting in second position behind Helldivers 2 and beating out Microsoft's Sea of Thieves, which settled for third place. However, the game's reception in Europe has been more muted, with Stellar Blade only managing to reach fourth position in the European PS Store chart, behind Sea of Thieves, GTA V, and Helldivers 2.

Stellar Blade's impressive sales in Japan have propelled it to the top of the country's best-selling games list for April 2024, outperforming titles such as Princess Peach: Showtime, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, and Super Mario Bros. Wonder. This is a rare feat for a non-Switch game, highlighting the strong interest and anticipation surrounding Stellar Blade's release.

The game's success can be attributed to itsengaging gameplay and features, including an intriguing action-adventure story set in a wasteland world, a New Game Plus mode that brings a variety of surprises and enhancements for players, and upgradable abilities, gear, and weapons. These elements have contributed to Stellar Blade's positive reception and strong sales performance across different regions.

While exact global sales figures have not been officially confirmed by Sony,reports suggest that Stellar Bladesold close to 1 million units within 24 hours of its launch. This impressive figure, along with the game's strong performance in Japan and the US, underscores the anticipation and demand for this new IP from Shift Up.

Stellar Blade's success in Japan and the US, despite supply shortages and varying reception in Europe, demonstrates the game's appeal and potential to become a major new franchise for the PS5. As more players experience the game's engaging story, features, and New Game Plus mode, Stellar Blade is poised to continue its impressive performance in the coming months.