- A stunning 4.1 million people played The Last of Us Part 2 in the first three days after release.
- The game attracted more players than either Marvel’s Spider-Man or God of War did within the same time frame.
- Despite delays, leaks, and review bombing, the game is an unqualified success.
Despite multiple delays, massive spoilers, and review bombing, 4.1 million people played Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part 2 in the first three days after release.
The Last of Us Part 2 Bests Marvel’s Spider-Man and God of War
The data comes courtesy of PlayStation Network API mining web site Gamestat:
Although not affiliated with Sony, Gamestat aggregates trophy data from public PSN accounts and My PS4 Life data to estimate the number of players for a specific game. Gamestat operates with a margin of error of ±10%.
According to the data, The Last of Us Part 2 attracted more players than Marvel’s Spider-Man and God of War – two highly-acclaimed fan-favorite PS4 exclusives.
In the first three days after launch, Marvel’s Spider-Man and God of War accrued 3.4 million and 2.7 million players, respectively. Even factoring the margin of error, TLOU Part 2 is significantly more popular than the other two titles.
Sony is unlikely to release official sales figures before a Q3 or Q4 earnings report. Or even as part of an end of year review. As such, these figures are the best currently available to gauge The Last of Us Part 2’s success.
Leaks and Delays
Strong sales were already written in the stars due to the cult standing of the original entry in the franchise. But it’s still been a bumpy road for Naughty Dog’s latest game.
The developer delayed the game multiple times, the most recent of which was caused by distribution woes thrown up by the pandemic.