Stellar Blade is a stylish action-adventure game that turned heads ahead of its launch this month, with an impressive number of players downloading and playing its demo. These numbers even exceed those who played the Final Fantasy VII Rebirth demo on PlayStation 5.

This is all good news for publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment, especially since it compares the brand new IP to the main, established franchise – both targeting the same audience.

The demo version of Stellar Blade was developed by Korean studio Shift Up. Since its launch on March 29, the daily active user peak has reached 690,000, which is almost double the 380,000 peak users of the FFVII demo version launched in February 2021.

PS5 Peak Daily Active Users (DAU): Demo vs. Release* (millions)PS5 Peak Daily Active Users (DAU): Demo vs. Release* (millions)

Image: Ampere Analysis

Stellar demo

The demo data comes from Ampere Analysis and is a strong positive indicator for PlayStation original games. Ampere says Stellar Blade will see huge sales if it converts demo users into game buyers at the same rate.

However, the new IP faces certain limitations that the 37-year-old video game cornerstone may not. Therefore, Sony will still pay close attention to how many of these players convert into actual buyers.

This is still good news for SIE, whose other first-party product, Foamstars, fell flat almost immediately upon its release in February. The number of players playing the PlayStation-exclusive game has dropped by 94% since its launch.

Stellar Blade also faces the challenge of standing out in a crowded market. Action RPGs are diverse, and the biggest ones from Asian studios are doing well commercially. Dragon’s Dogma 2 launched on digital stores last month, and new DLC for Elden Ring will be available later this year. It would be tough competition for either one, let alone both.

Sales of Dragon’s Dogma 2 have remained steady despite gamers’ dissatisfaction with publisher Capcom’s handling of microtransactions in the game. The reaction prompted Capcom to release a survey asking players to provide feedback in an effort to earn goodwill.

Elden Ring marks 2022 as FromSoftware’s biggest release ever and builds on its innovative SoulsBourne genre. The game, which has sold 23 million copies, is now fully the property of FromSoftware since From acquired the trademark from original publisher Bandai Namco in February of this year.

On the other hand, according to data from Ampere Analysis, “Dragon’s Dogma 2” has 2 million monthly active users. “Rise of the Ronin” was launched at the same time in early March and has reached 1 million monthly active users.

Stellar Blade is expected to be released on April 26 and will be a PlayStation 5 exclusive.

Featured Image: Sony Interactive Entertainment

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