In a new question and answer session, Shuntaro Furukawa, the company’s current president, confirmed that the latest installment of the series has sold in two months more than the company had estimated it would sell in its lifetime.
“The initial sales of Animal Crossing: New Horizons have far exceeded our expectations,” said Furukawa.
“Our prediction was that the current sales figures would be the same for the entire life of the game considering that fans had waited so long, but it happened much faster than we had anticipated.
According to Furukawa, about fifty percent of the players in Animal Crossing: New Horizons in Japan and Europe bought a digital copy of the game, a huge proportion that certainly has to do with the current global confinement situation (something that has certainly boosted the game’s sales enormously).
The news comes after the company revealed sales figures last week. During its first eleven days, New Horizons sold 11.7 million copies, a figure that increased to 13.41 million in the first six weeks.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is currently the best-selling game in Switch’s history, surpassing Pokémon Sword and Shield, which sold 12.9 million in about nine weeks.