It’s safe to say that Sony has had a good generation with its PlayStation 4. It hit the ground running in 2013, in part thanks to Microsoft’s confused messaging with its Xbox One. Since then, it has cultivated a strong lineup of first-party games. Many of them have become critical and commercial successes, and Ghost of Tsushima continues that trend. It’s Sony’s fastest-selling new IP of the generation.
Sucker Punch’s samurai action game has sold 2.4 million copies in just 3 days, according to Sony. It wasn’t made clear as to what game it replaced at the top of the pile, but given the fact that many of Sony’s biggest hitting titles have been continuations to existing franchises, Horizon Zero Dawn seems a likely candidate. That game garnered widespread acclaim and managed to sell 2.6 million copies in just a few weeks.
Ghost of Tsushima may have not hit the rating heights as Horizon had, but it still managed to become one of the best games of the year; it currently stands at an 83 on Metacritic. This continues the success that PlayStation’s first-party exclusives are seeing, with The Last of Us Part II managing more than 4 million in its opening weekend. That made it 2020’s biggest launch across retail and digital stores, and the fastest-selling PS4 exclusive ever.
Other PS4 exclusives like God of War and Spider-Man, while not original IPs, have also seen remarkable sales figures, selling 3.1 and 3.3 million copies respectively. Finally, while only a timed exclusive, Final Fantasy VII Remake has also seen fantastic sales figures with 3.5 million sold within its 3 day period.
It puts Sony in a strong position come the holiday season when the PS5 launches. The company recently held a live stream announcing several games, including Horizon’s sequel, and revealing the interesting new console design (Read our recap here). Sony has positioned itself as the place to be regarding its singleplayer experiences, with successes like Uncharted 4 and Persona 5 being among the highest-rated games of the entire generation.