SIFU caught many people’s attention when it was first announced back in February of last year. The martial arts title was a follow-up to developer Sloclap’s well-received 2017 game Absolver. The team seems to have struck gold with their sophomore release, as SIFU has sold over 1 million copies in under a month.
Sloclap is a French indie studio founded back in 2015. Their first game, 2017’s Absolver, saw moderate success for the studio selling over 300,000 copies. Their most recent release – SIFU – feels in many ways like a refined and more accessible version of Absolver wrapped up in an interesting and aesthetically pleasing package.
It is likely for that reason – as well as it being promoted by PlayStation – that the team at Sloclap have now been able to announce that SIFU has sold over 1 million copies in just 3 weeks (having launched on the 8th of February).
As reported by Gematsu, over 10 million hours of the game have been played so far (an average of 10 million per player). Of course, some players have been able to go further in the game than others so far, with the team revealing that just 15% have beaten the main campaign.
Discussing the milestone, Sloclap’s executive producer, Pierre Tarno, said “We are thrilled by the reception of Sifu from both fans and press alike. We set out to create an authentic, kung fu action game that paid homage to our favorite kung fu films. We’re thankful for our fans around the world but we are especially humbled by the incredible reception the game has had in China.”
Tarno concluded by saying “Our internal metric of success was how well the game was received there and knowing that fans in China are the largest segment of our sales outside of North America and the positive reviews from Chinese critics means a lot to us.”
While their internal metric for success may not have been sales related, the developers over at Sloclap can rejoice in the fact that not only is SIFU critically successful, but also commercially.
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