Sony have revealed that The Last of Us Part II has become the fast-selling PS4 exclusive yet, selling over 4 million copies as of 21st June 2020 – that only three days after the game was released.
The previous record holder was Marvel’s Spider-Man, which sold 3.3 million copies in the first weekend. And before that was God of War, which sold 3.1 million copies in the first three days, and Horizon Zero Dawn, which sold 2.6 million copies over two weeks.
Celebrating the achievement, Neil Druckmann posted the following message on the PlayStation Blog:
We are so immensely grateful to the millions of fans around the world that have played The Last of Us Part II and shared their experiences with us over the last week. We set out to tell a new kind of story, one that deals with difficult themes and would challenge you in unexpected ways. Hearing how the experience has resonated with so many of you and witnessing the type of thoughtful discussions it has sparked has been so incredible. We’ve also been so inspired by your creativity — whether it’s your gorgeous Photo Mode shots, jaw-dropping gameplay GIFs, or the songs you’ve recorded using Ellie’s guitar.
The Last of Us Part II was made possible thanks to the efforts of the hundreds of talented and passionate developers here at Naughty Dog. We can imagine no greater honor than seeing that same passion mirrored by the people playing it. Thank you for helping us reach this amazing milestone.
There are only two more first-party PS4 exclusives due for release before focus shifts to the PS5: Marvel’s Iron Man VR and Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima. The sales for Iron Man VR will be limited due needed the PlayStation VR Headset in order to enjoy the game.