The Last of Us Part 2 was among the PS4’s final first-party games. As one of the swansongs of the console, it had big expectations to meet, but Naughty Dog’s story became divisive and controversial among the fans.
While the game was far from a failure, with positive reviews and promising sales, recent leaks reveal The Last of Us Part 2 may have suffered from a major sales drop-off. According to a report, this title sold around 10 million copies, falling behind its predecessor.
Why it matters: The franchise has received a lot of attention from PlayStation and Naughty Dog recently, with the studio seemingly limiting itself to remasters of The Last of Us. However, the sales figures suggest that Part 2 was not the biggest success.
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This data comes from the latest Insomniac leaks, confirming the sales figures for various PlayStation games, including Bloodborne’s total sales.
The report states PlayStation sold 18 million units of The Last of Us Remastered. This is a major difference, and it only becomes larger when counting the 8 million sales of the original PS3 version.
The first game sold 26 million units in total, but Sony has yet to provide figures for its sequel beyond 10 million sales. While the date from the leaks might be a few months old, it shows a massive difference.
Still, much of this difference comes from the long shelf-life of the first game. Part 2 has been on the market for just three years, while the first game is nearing its 11th anniversary.
The Last of Us Part 2 had many strengths. Many consider the story more gripping and emotional than the first game’s. It was also a more ambitious title, lasting twice as long as the first game.
Still, parts of the game were not as well received. Many players did not like the fact that Naughty Dog tried to do too many things at once. This resulted in a lack of proper character development, leading to less memorable characters.
Despite its flaws, The Last of Us Part 2 was a juggernaut for PlayStation.
The game went through a major sales surge after a successful TV adaptation earlier this year. It also held the record for most Game of the Year awards, only beaten by Elden Ring in 2022.
Naughty Dog is ready to reinvigorate this title with a remaster in 2024. The PS5 remaster and a potential PC launch could lead a new wave of hype for The Last of Us Part 2, bringing it closer to its predecessor’s sales figures.
Abdullah is an avid gamer who primarily plays single-player titles. If you can’t find him anywhere, he’ll probably be at his desk playing The Witcher 3 for the millionth time. When he isn’t playing games, he’s either reading or writing about them.