NIS America has released a message from Nippon Ichi Software president Sohei Niikawa in celebration of the Disgaea series achieving five million sales.
In the message, Niikawa confirms that the Disgaea series will continue, but that it is too early to announce details.
A special website was also launched, featuring a character poll, retweet contest, merchendise sales, and Steam sale.
Get the full message from Niikawa, followed by a transcript, below.
Hello everyone, I am Sohei Niikawa from Nippon Ichi Software, and I am the producer and scenario writer for the Disgaea series.
Thank you from NIS America
Thanks to all of our fans, the Disgaea series has sold over five million copies worldwide. We would like to thank all of our fans around the globe for making this achievement possible. We only had Japanese gamers in mind when we created the original Disgaea. But, we discovered that just as many fans—if not more—bought and enjoyed the game when it was released in the west, which allowed us to keep selling games for 20 years. Over that time, we have been able to surpass five million copies sold, and I can’t thank all of our fans out there enough.
Reflecting on 20 Years of Disgaea
For the original Disgaea, I wanted to pack everything I liked into a single game. While I was making it, I had no clue what would make it sell well. Because I didn’t know what to put in it, I tried to stuff it with everything that I liked. When I did that, the only setting for the game that made sense was the Netherworld. And by making the protagonist a demon, he would be free to do whatever he wanted. That is how Disgaea was born. With that kind of momentum going into it, I feel like it’s a miracle that it has lasted for 20 years. That was only possible thanks to the staff who worked on it, the media who supported us, the people at the shops who sold it, and—of course—most of all, to all the fans who bought it. I would really like to thank all of you.
The Disgaea Sale
To celebrate surpassing five million sales, NIS America will be holding a sale on the Disgaea series. This is another way we would like to thank our fans. It is a great opportunity for not only our existing fans, but for new players who have never played the Disgaea series before, to get to play the games. Please look forward to it!
Please Look Forward to the Next Disgaea
We just released Disgaea 6, but I’m sure some of you are already wondering what’s next for the series. Of course, we’re planning to keep it going. Though I can’t really talk about when that may be, or what it’s going to be like yet, we would like to take into account all of the feedback we’ve received about Disgaea 6 from players in America, Europe, Japan, Asia, and everywhere else, so that we can make sure everyone will enjoy the next one even more.
Favorite Character Poll
I would also like to let you know that NIS America is holding a character poll on their Disgaea five million celebration website. Please go and vote! This will help us determine who we should include as bonus character, downloadable content characters, and who should make special appearances in future titles.
Final Message to Our Fans
And finally, I would like to thank everyone once again. Because all of you, we were able to hit over five million copies sold in the 20 years of the Disgaea series. With everyone’s help, I would like Disgaea to continue to grow. In the next 25 to 30 years, it would be great to be able to celebrate 10 million sales with you. We look forward to everyone’s continued support for the Disgaea series. Thank you!