God of War: Ragnarok Is the Fastest Selling First-Party Game In PlayStation History
Sony has revealed that God of War: Ragnarok is the fastest selling first-party game launch in PlayStation history.
Revealed in a tweet (below), 5.1 million copies of God of War: Ragnarok were sold during its debut week. As the post points out, this naturally means it set a God of War franchise record as well.
The figure presumably includes both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 copies, as well as physical and digital sales, but several games spread across two platforms have come and gone before it without hitting such a record.
Congratulations to @SonySantaMonica for making God of War Ragnarök the fastest-selling first party launch game in PlayStation history! 🪓 pic.twitter.com/NPgN6YHRnQ
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) November 23, 2022
In comparison, God of War (2018) passed 23 million copies sold on PlayStation 4 and PC as of November 2022. Back in October 2021, it was reported that the game sold 19.5 million copies, but its launch on PC pushed it to a new audience.
It was also Sony’s biggest launch on PC to date, and it’s certainly possible that Sony could bring God of War: Ragnarok to PC and boost its sales there as well.
Sony Santa Monica put a lot of effort into the game, with even its villains such as Heimdall, Odin, and Thor given plenty of care to make them fully realized characters.
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In IGN's God of War Ragnarok review, we said: "Reflecting its core themes, it's everything a sequel should be: respectful of its legendary lineage, but not afraid to take it to exciting new places. God of War Ragnarok is an almighty achievement and creates a new high that makes many of its peers look positively mortal by comparison."
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