Home Gaming Proving once again that boycotts based on hate never work, The Last of Us Part II has now sold over 4 million units

Proving once again that boycotts based on hate never work, The Last of Us Part II has now sold over 4 million units

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Despite a torrent of abuse from a very small section of people, The Last of Us Part II has done well. Very very well indeed! With over four million units sold after a single week, The Last of Us Part II is now the fastest-selling PS4 exclusive ever. “We are so immensely grateful to the millions of fans around the world that have played The Last of Us Part II and shared their experiences with us over the last week,” Neil Druckmann, Vice President of Naughty Dog and Director of The Last of Us Part II wrote in an open letter.

We set out to tell a new kind of story, one that deals with difficult themes and would challenge you in unexpected ways. Hearing how the experience has resonated with so many of you and witnessing the type of thoughtful discussions it has sparked has been so incredible. We’ve also been so inspired by your creativity — whether it’s your gorgeous Photo Mode shots, jaw-dropping gameplay GIFs, or the songs you’ve recorded using Ellie’s guitar.

The Last of Us Part II was made possible thanks to the efforts of the hundreds of talented and passionate developers here at Naughty Dog. We can imagine no greater honour than seeing that same passion mirrored by the people playing it. Thank you for helping us reach this amazing milestone.

It’s a job well done with a round of appreciatory high fives being thrown around the Naughty Dog offices right now. Having earned rave reviews from critics ahead of launch, plenty of positive love from fans and even some well thought-out criticism from players whose own experience came from having actually played the game instead of dog-piling on Metacritic the very second that the user reviews section was opened, The Last of Us Part II is now a critical and a commercial success.

And that’s a 10/10 ending to the week.

Last Updated: June 26, 2020

27 Comments

  1. I think if you drill into the sales figures you’ll find that it was only a few noble culture wars heroes buying thousands of copies each so millions of complete strangers can’t buy and experience such a terrible game.

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  2. Hammersteyn

    June 26, 2020 at 17:13

    Maybe it could’ve sold 6 million copies?

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  3. MechMachine

    June 26, 2020 at 17:13

    I have a feeling this is a trilogy.

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    • Son of Banana Jim

      June 26, 2020 at 20:18

      Rumour has it that Druckmann has been aiming towards being more creatively involved in the HBO Last of us tv series.

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      • Aussious

        June 26, 2020 at 20:25

        ?‍?? Jim? ? wow it’s been a minute I remember a Jim from back in the PS360 days!

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      • Aussious

        June 26, 2020 at 20:25

        ?‍?? Jim? ? wow it’s been a minute I remember a Jim from back in the PS360 days!

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        • Son of Banana Jim

          June 27, 2020 at 03:42

          Yeah man, same ol me. Where have you been hiding, Aussious? It’s been far too long.

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          • Aussious

            June 29, 2020 at 14:19

            It has been man, I’m mostly on the XboxPlayersSA and ZA Gaming Alliance on Facebook it takes events like TLOUPII to kinda bring me out of my sanctum. Good know some of the old boys are still around gaming! ?

          • Son of Banana Jim

            July 1, 2020 at 15:38

            Yeah, I’m mostly on other sites as well, non-game related FB groups and a cool new gaming site from Kiwiland that seems to be growing quite nicely. They have a decent community and are open to discussions (no comment deletions etc.).

          • Aussious

            July 2, 2020 at 10:22

            Awesome would check it out sometimes, what’s the name of the site?

          • Aussious

            June 29, 2020 at 14:20

            You Jim which corner of the inter web are you calling your refuge these days?

  4. Aussious

    June 26, 2020 at 15:01

    We’ve seen this before with Mass Effect 3, I suppose to a lesser extent overall I predict the game will sell well initially due to the hype, pre- orders and controversy. What remains to be seen is if it will out sell the original as well as the affects of this entry on the legacy of the game. Druckmann himself said the game would divide people,(which to me is just baffling as to why you would want to alienate almost half your target audience) I mean I would get it if you are an indie outfit but as part of a huge corporation that is just ill advised and bordering on pretentiousness. Like with GOT and ME the future of this franchise I predict will be in doubt. Congrats though to the team that poured countless hours into making a visually stunning game.

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    • OddSockZA

      June 26, 2020 at 15:13

      It likely wont match The Last of Us sales because of one simple factor; that game was released twice, if you include the remaster on PS4. The PS4 version of TLOU2 will run on the PS5, so no double dips necessary. I do think it’ll come close over time though.

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      • Aussious

        June 26, 2020 at 15:58

        Agreed!

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      • Son of Banana Jim

        June 28, 2020 at 18:25

        I’ll be very surprised if TLOU2 doesn’t get a release on the PS5. I guess it needs to hit that 17 – 18 million mark to really take the crown from the first game.

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  5. Gerhard

    June 26, 2020 at 15:21

    I am only 7 hours in, but what an absolute joy to play.

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  6. MaSeKind

    June 26, 2020 at 15:39

    Thoroughly enjoying all the chaos surrounding the game and find it very interesting how this has become ammo in the political battles going on.

    That’s why I can’t take any review scores seriously for this as some people are giving it 0 and some are giving it 10 and it only has a little bit to do with the actual game. Crazy times

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  7. Son of Banana Jim

    June 26, 2020 at 16:07

    Now this is what the cool kids call “click bait”. https://media0.giphy.com/media/Uv2o46AESsEaS14esX/giphy.gif

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  8. Kenn Gibson

    June 26, 2020 at 20:37

    The irony is the story of the game explores that hate and revenge are ultimately pointless and sad, and it does it well.

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  9. Pofadder

    June 29, 2020 at 09:38

    Isn’t metacritic supposed to have a system in place to combat review bombing?

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    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      July 1, 2020 at 12:37

      Then how they get all the clicks?

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  10. Riyaadh Satar

    June 29, 2020 at 14:20

    Did the competition draw happen already?

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  11. Son of Banana Jim

    July 1, 2020 at 15:33

    And, it dropped 80% of its sales after the first week in the UK (and the second hand market is flooded with copies, to such an extent that stores don’t want to take the game back any more), I guess it really was front-loaded with those pre-orders.

    Will it reach 18 million like it’s predecessor? I seriously doubt it.

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  12. Sentient Slug

    July 10, 2020 at 21:13

    Can someone just tell me if the damn game is worth playing?

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