God of War
The numbers are in. God of War Ragnarok has just set a PlayStation first party record as its fastest-selling game ever, unseating the previous champion, The Last Of Us Part 2.
Sony has announced that God of War Ragnarok has sold through 5.1 million copies in its first week, a franchise record but also a record for all PlayStation exclusives. Previously, The Last of Us Part 2 sold 4 million copies in its first three days, but Sony is now saying that Ragnarok’s weekly total beat it out. So I guess TLOU2 did not sell another 1.1 million copies those following four days after its release weekend, but it was probably close. Later, Sony announced that The Last of Us Part 2 sold 10 million copies in just over two years since it launched.
If these numbers may seem a tad low, despite being records, this is sort of the problem that Sony finds themselves running into, that they are constrained by their hardware in a way they would not be if these games were also available to stream or on PC.
God of War Ragnarok
While most Sony fans probably understand why PlayStation isn’t launching these games on PS Plus like Xbox does with its originals on Game Pass, there is something that could be said about a simultaneous release on PC, even if those copies are sold separately, to greater expand the reach of games like this. Sony has expressed frustration about being constrained by their own hardware before, especially as PS5’s have not remotely kept up with demand. It’s easy to see why Sony wanted Ragnarok available on PS4 as well, in order to not miss out on tons of potential sales on last gen consoles, but that’s obviously not the most optimal place to play the game.
God of War Ragnarok performing this well probably also cements the idea that the series will continue on with more installments, even as the Norse saga has ended, and Ragnarok’s director is openly musing about wanting to do a Castlevania game. The idea is that Kratos would likely continue his adventures elsewhere with a new realm and new pantheon of gods, where common suggestions have been Mayan, Egyptian or ancient Chinese deities. My own suggestion that Kratos should enter Christendom is probably not going to be the path forward.
Regardless, Ragnarok is a huge, unequivocal success story. Massive sales, sky-high review scores and what will no doubt be a slew of GOTY nominations. Sony’s first parties continue firing on all cylinders, and there’s no sign they’ll stop any generation soon.
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God of War