One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 debuts to the series' lowest sales in Japan

Walking the plank

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 has launched in Japan, and the debut sales don't give much hope for success. The series has been on a decline in sales since the first Pirate Warriors launched, and things continue to drop. It appears the 5-year break between Pirate Warriors 3 and 4 didn't help out. Check out sales details on One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 below.

- sold 137,569 units at retail
- PS4 version sold 75,998 units, and the Switch version sold 61,571 units
- the Switch debut is the highest debut Pirate Warriors has seen on a portable platform
- the Switch version outsold the debuts for the Vita versions of One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 and Pirate Warriors 3
- the first Pirate Warriors game sold 627,214 units on the PlayStation 3 at launch
- Pirate Warriors 2 was released a year later and debuted at 269,035 units on the PS3 at launch
- Pirate Warriors 3 released in 2015, and sold a combined total of 119,199 units across PS3 and PS4 at launch


I mean we're in the middle of a crisis and although popular, it's not a top tier game like Doom and Animal Crossing. While it likely would have still undersold, it probably wouldn't have been by as much as if there weren't a worldwide panic.

Wait... if Pirate Warriors 3 sold an combined total of 119,199 units at launch, how the Pirate warriors 4 137,569 units is the lowest debut in the series?

Thu Apr 02 20 10:03am
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You’re right. Are we missing something? It’s a fun game but it might be the price tag and also the pricey DLC. Don’t forget Animal crossing Is so hot right now that many people are probably skipping it for now.

Pirates Warrior 3 released on PS3, PS4 AND Vita. Not sure why they gave the PS3 + PS4 version numbers only. Combined on Famitsu, OPW3 was closer to 160K.

Not surprising considering that its a licensed game series that hardly does any sales well.

Fri Apr 03 20 12:38pm
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It's almost like the stale, repetitive gameplay of a musou has diminishing returns.


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