Sega reveals the numbers of its IP: Sonic at 1.51 billion units sold and free downloads

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Saw shared with shareholders i overall numbers registered by his video game franchises, revealing the amount of copies sold and downloads of free-to-play titles. Sonic is in the lead, far behind the other IPs of the Japanese company, with 1.51 billion units sold/downloads. In second place is the strategy series Total War with 40.4 million.

Below we have reported part of the list shared by Sega, with the best known IPs in our shores. We specify that in many cases the numbers reported below include downloads of free-to-play games, arcade cabinets, toys or entertainment devices (for example the “Claw crane”, coin-operated mechanical fishing), therefore we do not we’re only talking about premium games. Which explains, for example, the gigantic gap between the numbers of the blue hedgehog and the strategic ones of Creative Assembly.

  • Sonic – 1.51 billion (full and free-to-play games)
  • Total War – 40.4 million
  • Puyo Puyo – 37.7 million (full games, free-to-play, entertainment equipment)
  • Football Manager – 25 million
  • Chain Chronicle – 25 million (full games and free-to-play)
  • Yakuza 19.8 million
  • Shin Megami Tensei – 19 million (full games and free-to-play)
  • Virtua Fighter – 18.8 million (full games, free-to-play, arcade)
  • Hatsune Miku – 18.5 million (full games and free-to-play)
  • Persona – 15 million (full games and free-to-play)
  • Phantasy Star – 9.8 million

An image from Sonic Frontiers

As we can see, therefore, Sonic plays a fundamental role in Sega’s business, not only thanks to the sales of premium games, such as the upcoming Sonic Frontiers. In fact, the blue hedgehog is also well present in the market of free-to-play mobile titles (for example Sonic Dash on Android exceeds 100 million downloads, while Sonic the Hedgehog Classic 50 million), merchandise and toys, as well as in the latest years also in the cinematographic one.

From Sega’s data it is also possible to understand how important the acquisitions have been from a strategic point of view over the years Atlus, Creative Assembly and Sports Interactiveconsidering the numbers registered by their IPs.

Staying at Sega, that’s when the embargo on Sonic Frontiers reviews will expire.

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