Sony has announced that God of War: Ragnarok is the fastest-selling first-party game launch in PlayStation history.
As revealed in a tweet (below), God of War: Ragnarok sold 5.1 million copies in its debut week. Of course, as the post points out, that means it also set a franchise record for God of War.
The tally 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 that without equaling such a record.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) November 23, 2022
In comparison, God of War (2018) has surpassed 23 million copies sold on PlayStation 4 and PC as of November 2022. Back in October 2021, the game was reported to have sold 19.5 million copies, but its launch on PC took it to a new audience.
It was also Sony’s biggest launch on PC to date, and it’s entirely possible that Sony could bring God of War: Ragnarok to PC and increase its sales there as well.
Sony Santa Monica put a lot of effort into the game, even its villains like Heimdall, Odin and Thor put a lot of effort into making them fully realized characters.
In the IGN review of God of War Ragnarok, we said, “According to its core themes, it’s everything a sequel should be: respectful of its legendary lineage but unafraid to take it to exciting new places. God of War Ragnarok is an almighty achievement and sets a new high that makes many of its peers look positively mortal by comparison.”
George Yang is a freelance writer for IGN. He has been writing about the industry since 2019 and has collaborated with other publications such as Insider, Kotaku, NPR and Variety.
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