Sony’s latest new IP, from developer Sucker Punch, has managed to reach 2.4 million units sold around the world in the first three days of being on sale. This makes Ghost of Tsushima one of the most popular new IPs for the PlayStation 4 in history.
Sony announced the sales figures via Twitter. No one seems to be at all surprised that the game has sold so well now that the reviews are out. Prior to the game’s release, many critics seemed to think that the game could flop based on a niche appeal. However, it seems as though Ghost of Tsushima appeals to a wide range of players, not just those who are interested in Japanese history.
Sony has confirmed that Ghost of Tsushima is the fastest-selling new IP from them that has been released this generation. That means that for the PlayStation 4’s entire lifecycle, no other new IP has sold this many copies so quickly.
That may not sound that impressive considering how few new IPs Sony has put out for the PlayStation 4, but the ones that have released have all been massive blockbusters. Days Gone, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and Marvel’s Spider-Man all sold incredibly well, but Ghost of Tsushima has them all beaten in the first three days.
Whilst Sony hasn’t confirmed which new IP held this title last, it’s not too difficult to work out which game Ghost of Tsushima has dethroned. Marvel’s Spider-Man is always touted as the best-selling game for PlayStation 4, though it isn’t a new IP, but Horizon: Zero Dawn sold 2.6 million within the first few weeks, so that’s a likely candidate for the previous fastest-selling new IP.
Becoming the fastest-selling new IP should be enough for Sony and Sucker Punch. Ghost of Tsushima hasn’t managed to outsel a number of games from previously established franchises, which it was never really expected to do.
God of War from Respawn Entertainment sold 3.1 million copies in the same time period, and Marvel’s Spider-Man hit 3.3 million. Final Fantasy VII Remake sold 3.5 million copies in the first three days, but The Last Of Us Part 2 has then all beaten at 4 million for this time period.
What this data shows is that once a new IP has been established, it will sell progressively better with a sequel or evolution in the series. A sequel to Ghost of Tsushima could well topple The Last Of Us Part 2, but at this point we don’t even know if Sucker Punch even makes it.