Launching a new IP at the end of a console cycle can be a hairy procedure, let alone being available on a single console. The pressure to be received and sell well must be immense for a game that’s exclusive. That’s the position that Naughty Dog faced three weeks ago when they launched a brand new and mature intellectual property only for the Playstation 3. Even without the names of Nathan Drake or Uncharted backing them up, it seems congratulations are in order.
Naughty Dog received validation yesterday as Sony Computer Entertainment came out to reveal that The Last Of Us has exceeded all sales projections (downloads included) and that the PS3 title has already shipped 3.4 million copies globally in just the first three weeks that it’s been available. So what does that mean exactly? The Last of Us is not only the fastest selling PS3 title of this year, but it’s the fastest selling new IP ever on the console.
President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida had this to say on the impressive sales figures:
“These sales figures are a testament to the blockbuster quality of The Last of Us. The teams at Naughty Dog are true visionaries and their storytelling capabilities are second to none, this title is an undisputed demonstration of that. SCE continues to be committed to delivering unique gameplay experiences that redefine the interactive entertainment industry and The Last of Us is a perfect example.”
Released to pretty much universal acclaim from critics and gamers alike, I’m glad to see a new IP sell so well, especially when you factor in that it’s only available on one console. That’s pretty special right there. I guess you could say that gamers are ready for more mature titles with strong stories, characters, and emotionally charged moments. This is a game you should be checking out, it’s easily one of this console generations best.