I’m not sure anyone, even Sony or Sucker Punch, expected Ghost of Tsushima to be a hit quite at this scale, but that’s where we are just a short while after release.
Sony has released the numbers, and Ghost of Tsushima has sold 2.4 million units in its first 3 days, a record for a new IP in the PS4 era. That bests the likes of a game like Horizon Zero Dawn, which sold 2.6 million after two weeks.
I did wonder if Sony was considering Insomniac’s Spider-Man a “new IP” here, because it was that studio’s first run at the superhero, but apparently that does not count, because Spider-Man sold 3.3 million copies in 3 days, which at the time, was a record, beating out God of War’s 3.1 million in 3 days. But the 3 day record holder? That would be the recent release of The Last of Us Part 2 with 4 million.
So, the Ghost numbers are good, but there are a number of existing IPs ahead of it, and there weren’t too many high profile first party IPs that debuted this generation on PS4. So this is a bit of marketing spin.
However, I don’t think we should take anything away from Ghost of Tsushima which is a hit, both financially and among fans. Players seem to be enjoying it a bit more than critics. The game has an 83 on Metacritic, solid, but on the lower end of PS4 exclusives, and I counted it as only the 17th highest exclusive in the lifespan of the console. And yet the always controversial user score for the game is at a 9.3/10, higher than Spider-Man, Horizon Zero Dawn, Bloodborne, even God of War (and of course the review bombed Last of Us 2). That is not insignificant.
What does all this mean? Well, I would be amazed if it didn’t indicate that Sucker Punch will get Ghost of Tsushima 2 greenlit, even if we move on from our current Ghost and move on from Tsushima. The game is a hit by every metric, and it seems likely that Sucker Punch will keep running with it rather than return to make another Infamous game for PS5. And man, I can only imagine how gorgeous a Ghost sequel would look specifically made for PS5 from the ground up.
It’s somewhat rare to see big wins this late in the lifespan of a console when things are winding down, but Sony has had The Last of Us Part 2 and Ghost of Tsushima this summer alone, which has been pretty wild. We’ll see how the momentum carries into fall when their production slows down a bit and they have to lean hard on spin-offs like Miles Morales for the launch of the PS5. But yeah, it’s been quite a 2020 for PlayStation so far.