Card game Balatro shifts 500k copies

Card game Balatro shifts 500k copies

Freshly-launched roguelike card game Balatro has sold more than 500,000 copies since its release.

That's according to publisher Playstack, which took to Twitter to report that the game had shifted half a million copies since its release ten days ago. Balatro came to Steam, Xbox, PlayStation and Switch on February 20th from developer LocalThunk.

"Balatro has hit the 500,000 copies mark in just 10 days across all platforms," Playstack wrote on Twitter.

"Thank you for your amazing support - we're beyond grateful!"

Prior to this, Balatro shifted 250,000 copies in its first 72 hours.

"Thank you to each and every one of you for your incredible support and love for Balatro," read a post on the title's Steam page. "Your enthusiasm has been overwhelming, and we're deeply grateful for it."

Speaking to Rogueliker, solo developer LocalThunk said: "I am really happy with how many people have been able to interface with and enjoy this weird thing I created. I think I am most proud of the process I was able to stick to and how it allowed me to create this game freely without ever getting me truly stuck in a creative rut." 

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