The Last of Us: Part II Already in Top 5 Best Selling PS4 Exclusives
Marvel's Spider-Man takes top spot, beating out God of War and Horizon Zero Dawn.
The NPD Group have just released their sales charts for the month of June, which was emphatically topped by Naughty Dogs The Last of Us: Part II. Now in a separate tweet, industry analyst Mat Piscatella has revealed the current top five selling PS4 console exclusives, based on dollar sales.
The chart, which takes into account both physical and digital sales, looks like this;
Note: both Physical and Digital dollar sales included. Digital tracking begins in January 2012. Sales of software included as part of a hardware bundle are not included (those dollar sales are attributed to the hardware sale). DLC/MTX spending excluded.
— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) July 21, 2020
The chart does come with some caveats that have a fairly significant impact on the chart. Sales of games that were included as part of hardware bundles do not count towards the overall amount, neither does DLC sales nor microtransactions. The reason this is so significant is that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is the top-selling PS4 exclusive (and second top-selling PS4 game behind GTA V) when looking at actual units sold. However, the reason for the omission from this list though is because it sold heavily as part of a PS4 console bundle when the game was released.
This paves the way for Marvel’s Spider-Man, which recently had pseudo-sequel Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales announced, to take the top spot. This is relatively unsurprising because as well as being a fantastic game, it dropped right when the MCU was at its most prevalent and Marvel’s popularity was at an all-time high.
Marvel’s Spider-Man pipped Sony Santa Monica’s God of War, which is probably the most critically revered game on the list, to the top spot. Horizon Zero Dawn, which also recently had a sequel announced, then comes in at a very respectable third place, especially considering it’s the only brand new IP on the list.
Fourth and Fifth place on the list are occupied by two games that between them have incredibly only been out for around five months between them. The Last of Us: Part II takes the fourth spot having only been out since the end last month. Should it continue to sell at such an impressive rate it would be no surprise to see it top this list come the end of the PS4 lifecycle. Finally Final Fantasy VII: Remake sneaks into fifth place after an incredibly successful launch. Equally as impressive as The Last of Us: Part II making the list given the limited sales time, Final Fantasy VII: Remake is likely to have broken into the chart due to the long wait and many delays leading up to the game, and the sheer nostalgia for the original PS1 title.
Of course, we contributed our own bracket to the Kinda Funny Games team:
— DualShockers (@DualShockers) July 22, 2020
With only a few months until the PS5 releases, it will be interesting to see how this list ends up, but you can almost bet that it won’t stay like this, especially with the way Ghost of Tsushima has launched and how The Last of Us: Part II is continuing to fly out.