The Last of Us Part II’s superb critical reception was matched by equally impressive sales over its launch weekend. As of June 21, just three days after its June 19 release, the game had already notched up 4 million sales.
In doing so, it’s become the fastest-selling PS4 exclusive from a Sony first-party studio ever. The previous holder of said title was Sony Santa Monica’s God of War, which sold 3.1 million over the same number of days.
In a celebratory message to the game’s fans, Naughty Dog VP and game director Neil Druckman wrote a statement over on the PS Blog today:
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.
For more on The Last of Us Part II, check out Twinfinite’s recent feature all about putting a spotlight on the game’s incredible graphics.