Like all the main players in video games, SEGA has just communicated its latest financial results. But while some, like Nintendo, take stock of sales of specific games, the house of Sonic likes to update overall statistics for its main series. This allows us to take stock of the licensing hierarchy at the publisher with the blue logo.
SEGA has just updated the sales and attendance figures for its main series. This information was disseminated in theIntegrated Report of SEGA Sammy for the year 2021. This allows us to take stock of the situation of the publisher’s main Japanese licenses such as Sonic, Yakuza, Persona, Puyo Puyo. But not only. Its big series on PC like Total War or Football Manager are also concerned.
Sonic … Boom
Unsurprisingly, Sonic remains the king at SEGA. Since the release of the first Sonic the Hedgehog in 1991, the series has totaled 1.38 billion games sold or downloaded. The publisher specifies, however, that this figure includes both games sold as well as downloads of free-to-play titles. A glance at theIntegrated Report 2020 shows that there has been an increase of 240 million in one year.
Since SEGA has not sold 240 million Sonic games in a year, this increase must be largely linked to free-to-play downloads. Either way, the popularity of the blue hedgehog on a global scale remains unquestionable. And the arrival of new titles as well as the sequel to the film should keep Sonic in the spotlight.
Puyo Puyo is for its part at 35 million since the acquisition of the license by SEGA in 1998. This total includes the sales of games, the downloads of F2P as well as the IDs recorded on the Arcade terminals. The increase is three million since SEGA released last year’s report.
Yakuza, a SEGA series that is doing well
The Yakuza series has seen a big boost in a year. At the end of 2020, the series created by Toshihiro Nagoshi had accumulated 14 million copies sold (physical and dematerialized games included). A year later, that total is 17 million. The multiplication of platforms on which the Yakuza are available as well as their availability on Xbox Game Pass has certainly contributed to this increase in statistics.
More discreet in the West, the Sakura Wars series has also seen an increase in its numbers. Its F2P game sales and downloads have grown from 4.1 million to 5.7 million in one year.
Interesting detail, Virtua Fighter makes its entry on the board here. The famous fighting game series was indeed absent from the document released at the end of 2020. The release last June of Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown is certainly not for nothing. According to SEGA, Virtua Fighter is therefore more than 18 million. It is also a question of game sales, F2P downloads as well as IDs registered on Arcade terminals.
To end with the SEGA First Party games, a word about attendance at Phantasy Star games. At the end of 2020, Phantasy Star Online 2 had 5.5 million users in Japan alone. At the end of 2021, Phantasy Star Online 2 and Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis have 9 million users worldwide.
Atlus in the bus!
Note also that SEGA divides its table into three categories. The first concerns the licenses he created. The second corresponds to those it has purchased and the third to the Third Party licenses that it operates. As for the second category, Atlus and PC licenses are logically put forward.
The Shin Megami Tensei series, launched in 1992, has now sold or downloaded 17.7 million games (including F2P game downloads). This total was at 17.4 million at the end of 2020, which shows a modest increase. With Shin Megami Tensei V releasing on Switch in a few days, it’s a safe bet that this total will jump in the coming year.
Another star on the Atlus side, the Persona series. The latter has now reached 15 million games sold (including dematerialized sales) since 1996. Despite the absence of new releases since the end of December 2021, nearly 2 million additional Persona have been sold in one year. Indeed, the official SEGA document for 2020 gave a total of 13.1 million Personas sold or downloaded.
On PC, series and a key sector for SEGA
In the PC world, increases are also measured in millions. In November 2021, the Total War series has sold 37.8 million games (digital copies included). This represents an increase of 3.5 million since the end of 2020.