For all the controversy surrounding The Last of Us Part II, you would think that sales would’ve been affected by it all. Well, as a matter of fact, it was, but maybe not in the direction most would assume.
According to July’s NPD report, The Last of Us Part II has become Sony’s third-best-selling videogame to date, when accounting for life-to-dollar figures. That’s a very impressive figure, especially when you compare it to the two games that rank higher than Naughty Dog’s latest title. As it stands, only Marvel’s Spider-Man and God of War (2018) stand taller on life-to-dollar rankings, although The Last of Us Part II outpaced them both in terms of launch window sales.
The Last of Us: Part II was July’s fourth-best-selling title, and it remains the third best-selling game of 2020 year-to-date. Life-to-date dollar sales of The Last of Us: Part II are now the 3rd highest for a Sony published game in history, trailing only Marvel’s Spider-Man and 2018’s God of War. – NPD
According to the report, The Last of Us Part II was the fourth-best-selling game of July, with another PlayStation exclusive, Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima taking the crown for this month – it’s also Sony’s fastest-selling new IP of the generation. As it stands though, The Last of Us Part II is currently third on the top-selling games of the year, behind Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2020) and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and also one of the best-reviewed games on Metacritic.
Not a bad year for Sony then, considering that we’re coming up to the dawn of a new console generation, with both Sony and Microsoft looking to start the next generation on the front foot. That might be a little bit harder for Microsoft now, with the news that one of Xbox’s most high-profile launch releases in Halo Infinite won’t actually launch with the Series X at all.