PlayStation have announced that Ghost of Tsushima has become the fastest-selling first-party original IP PlayStation 4 title; with 2.4 million units sold globally in the first three days of launch.
While the prior record holder was not mentioned, GamesIndustry.biz theories that it may have been Horizon: Zero Dawn, which sold 2.6 million units worldwide after being on sale for three weeks.
However, GamesIndustry.biz points out the game has yet to topple established first party PlayStation 4 titles over a similar period of time. These include God of War (2018) with 3.1 million copies, Spider-Man with 3.3 million copies, Final Fantasy VII Remake with 3.5 million units, and The Last of Us Part 2 with 4 million units.
In addition, Famitsu reports that Ghost of Tsushima sold an estimated 212,915 copies during its first week on sale in Japan (thanks @Nibellion!). The news hardly comes as a surprise, considering PlayStation Japan announced this week that the game was selling out in some Japanese stores. They also announced they were increasing production to compensate.
As an aside, The Last of Us Part 2 reportedly sold 178,696 units in its first week in Japan. However, sales the physical version of the game reportedly dropped by 85% in its second week.
Even so, factors that should be considered include the coronavirus pandemic hindering physical sales, and that The Last of Us Part 2 would be competing in Japan with a game based on Japanese culture.
You can find the full rundown (via PlayStation) below.
A STORM IS COMING
In the late 13th century, the Mongol empire has laid waste to entire nations along their campaign to conquer the East. Tsushima Island is all that stands between mainland Japan and a massive Mongol invasion fleet led by the ruthless and cunning general, Khotun Khan. As the island burns in the wake of the first wave of the Mongol assault, samurai warrior Jin Sakai stands as one of the last surviving members of his clan. He is resolved to do whatever it takes, at any cost, to protect his people and reclaim his home. He must set aside the traditions that have shaped him as a warrior to forge a new path, the path of the Ghost, and wage an unconventional war for the freedom of Tsushima.
IN WAR-TORN TSUSHIMA, ANCIENT BEAUTY ENDURES
Venture beyond the battlefield to experience feudal Japan like never before. In this open-world action adventure, you’ll roam vast countrysides and expansive terrain to encounter rich characters, discover ancient landmarks, and uncover the hidden beauty of Tsushima.
Explore meticulously-crafted regions showcasing diversity of life on the sprawling island—from billowing fields and tranquil shrines to ancient forests, villages and stark mountainscapes. Find peace in the quiet moments of natural harmony and solace in the moments you’ll share with the people you help along the way.
THE RISE OF THE GHOST
Jin was raised and trained in the ways of the samurai. When the Mongols handily defeat the samurai forces, Jin’s world is shattered. He is faced with the most difficult decision of his life: honor the tradition and customs of his samurai upbringing and maintain a fight he cannot win, or deviate from his samurai path to protect the island and its people by any means necessary.
In his quest to reclaim Tsushima, Jin must seek the guidance and support of old friends and new unlikely allies. He must break away from tradition, become a new kind of warrior, and protect what’s left of his home at all costs.
MUD, BLOOD, AND STEEL
The Mongol enemy is unpredictable and formidable in warfare and weaponry. Get the upper hand by adapting Jin’s skills and learning new tactics to defend the island and protect the people of Tsushima.
Challenge opponents head-on in close quarters with your katana for a unique immersive samurai combat experience. Master the bow to eliminate distant threats with lethal precision. Develop stealth and deception tactics to disorient and ambush enemies with surprise attacks.
An adaptive landscape and organic approach to combat makes Tsushima the perfect playground for mixing and matching skills, weapons, and tactics to find the perfect combat blend for your play style. As Jin’s story unfolds, versatility and creativity will become your greatest weapons.
Ghost of Tsushima is available on PlayStation 4. You can expect our review soon.