Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity, the Musou spinoff of Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild has achieved 3.5 million sales, according to Koei Tecmo, the game’s publisher. The sequel to 2014’s Hyrule Warriors, Age of Calamity mixes Dynasty Warriors’ gameplay and the world as well as characters of Breath of the Wild. It sold more than 3 million copies within its first week of launch, making it the most successful Musou title so far.
Set a hundred years before the events in Breath of the Wild, Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity stands out against not only its ancestor but also the other titles in its genre by producing an original and cohesive story that extends on the plot established by Breath of the Wild, making it a must-have game for all Zelda fans.
The game also successfully translates several of the gameplay elements from Breath of the Wild including the flurry rush and paraglider, while also offering various skillsets for the game’s roster of characters.
Koei Tecmo recently released its latest earnings report for the third quarter of its fiscal year, displaying the sales performance of some of its games. The report shows that by the end of December 2020, more than 3.5 million units of Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity have been shipped since it released back in November 2020, which is around half a million more copies since the game’s first week of launch. The remarkable number further cements the game’s place as the bestselling Musou game ever.
The report also features Koei Tecmo’s other games such as Atelier Ryza 2; Lost Legends and the Secret Fairy, which was launched in Japan a few weeks ago and has sold more than 220,000 copies since, making it one of the most downloaded PlayStation 5 games of 2020 in the region.
The sequel to Atelier Ryza is set to launch worldwide this week. Nioh 2 by Team Ninja, which is also published by Koei Tecmo, also performed well with more than 1.4 million copies shipped, which is thanks in part to the launch of its second and third expansion in October and December, respectively.
Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity is proof that Musou games can provide more than just the same experience and become remarkably successful when executed well. Developer Omega Force’s past crossover launch Persona 5 Strikers, which is set for a worldwide release next month, is also another successful example of a very well executed Musou game that provides much more than the genre it is developed on.
Hopefully, Koei Tecmo and Omega Force are able to keep up or even boost the quality of its future releases and constantly elevate even further.