The Last of Us Part 2 has been nothing short of a resounding success. We knew that critically, but now it's true commercially as well. Naughty Dog's massive sequel has surpassed all other Sony first-party games to become the fastest-selling exclusive of the generation.
Previously, this title was held by 2018's Spider-Man, but after selling over four million copies in its first three days, The Last of Us Part 2 has taken the top spot. This milestone comes even at a time when many retailers are still closed amid the pandemic, which likely indicates digital and online purchases were higher as well, though Sony has not revealed those specific numbers.
Neil Druckmann had this to say regarding his team's accomplishment:
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.
Though it won't likely be usurped in sales by other games before the PS5, The Last of Us Part 2 is not the swansong for the PS4. Two more headlining exclusives are still to come in July, first with Iron Man VR on July 3, followed by Sucker Punch's open-world samurai adventure, Ghost of Tsushima. If you're curious when the Ghost of Tsushima review embargo drops, we have that information for you too.