It’s been two weeks since the latest (and said to be last) adventure of Nathan “perfect, un-mussable hair” Drake dropped onto Playstation 4’s everywhere. OK, maybe not everywhere, but at least a fair few places as Sony announced today that Uncharted 4 sold 2.7 million copies in its first week worldwide, making it the fastest selling of the console’s exclusive titles.
The figure covers sales across both physical retail copies as well as digital downloads from the game’s launch date of May 10 to May 16.
To compare this number to other PS4 exclusives, Killzone Shadow Fall, one of the PS4’s more enticing launch titles, sold around 2.1 million copies in its first two months. The critically acclaimed, and my third favourite game of 2015, Bloodborne crossed the 2 million mark after some six months. According to sales figures recorded by VGChartz, inFamous: Second Son sold 2.73 million copies since its March 2014 launch. Uncharted 4 smashed these numbers out in a single week. That’s nothing to scoff at.
For the Playstation/Xbox fanboys wanting to know how Uncharted 4 performed against Halo 5: Guardians, the last entry in Xbox’s juggernaut franchise, I have some bad news: it’s too hard to tell. A week following Halo 5’s launch last year, Microsoft announced the game had a “record breaking” release, grossing some $400 million. They didn’t specify the number of units sold, but did say that the sales figure included both software and hardware sales, meaning custom Xbox One controllers, console bundles including the game and the limited edition Halo 5 console itself are factored in. VGChartz estimates Halo 5 sold 3.88 million copies to date, but don’t have any specific launch figures, so sorry everyone, not enough information to call it.
Now granted, compared to sales figures of game’s launching on multiple platforms, Uncharted 4’s aren’t even on the same graph. When Grand Theft Auto V launched on PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2013, Rockstar said it grossed $800 million in its first 24 hours. No official unit sales figures were released, but Guinness World Records said the game set the day one sales record at 11.21 million copies. GTA V hit $1 billion in three days, making it the fastest selling piece of entertainment in the history of entertaining things.
Still, Uncharted 4 has generated some impressive numbers. Although it has been touted as the last entry in the Nathan Drake story, sales figures like these can all but guarantee Sony will not be wanting this franchise to disappear just yet.