It's been a long time coming, but after 16 years worth of titles, Sega's Total War franchise has officially surpassed 20 million copies sold over it's lifetime. The news comes from Sega's first quarter earnings, which show the company making a profit of $30 million. This is good news for the company, especially since in their last quarterly earnings meeting Sega announced they were operating with a $93 million loss.
A majority of this income is due to the massive success Sega is having with their new Pachinko and Pachi-Slot machine division. The new machines, which include a new Code Geass version and a number of other Anime branded cabs, shipped impressive numbers of 29,000 units. For readers unaware of what Pachinko exactly is, this is the main pseudo gambling game in Japan that is used to get through the loopholes of the illegal Japanese gambling laws. They are essentially a mix of traditional slot machines meet pinball, with a number of flashy effects and gimmicks to make the cab unique.
While Sega may not be busy releasing all their titles on an international basis, Phantasy Star Online 2 has past it's 3-year anniversary and smashed a record by having over 120,000 frequent users playing on the servers. Arcades are dead here in Canada, but Sega is still busy releasing new arcade games in Japan with their latest machine, KanColle Arcade. Waiting lines were quickly established upon the release of the game and overall profits for the entertainment content division were 47 million Japanese Yen, an increase of 17% compared to the previous fiscal year.
Sega is so impressed with their current financial reports that they have no intention of changing their fiscal forecast. While the west may seem neglected from the list, Sega plans to blow everyone away with the release of Persona 5 on February 14, 2017 for PlayStation 4 and 3.