Earlier this year, Sony Interactive Entertainment released their latest masterpiece in, Ghost of Tsushima. A game that launched Sucker Punch firmly in the pantheon alongside Sony’s other well known studios like Naughty Dog, Santa Monica Studio, Guerrilla Games and Insomniac.
Sucker Punch’s samurai epic garnered both critical acclaim from fans as well as commercial success around the world, even becoming Sony’s fastest selling new ip, selling 2.4 million copies globally in its first three days. It’s success, in terms of sales figures for a new ip, even beat out Guerrilla Games’, Horizon Zero Dawn.
One of the places where Sucker Punch has found the most success, when compared to its sister studios, is the Japanese audience.
According to Famitsu, Ghost of Tsushima moved a whopping 221,915 copies in its first week in Japan. A number that broke the launch week sales of any other first-party PlayStation 4 game in Japan. Comfortably beating out other Sony Interactive Entertainment published games like Death Stranding, Gran Turismo Sport,God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man and Days Gone.
The success hasn’t stopped there…
According to Game Data Library, Ghost of Tsushima currently ranks as the sixth best selling in Japan in 2020.
|1. Animal Crossing New Horizon||5.754.082 Units|
|2. Ring Fit Adventure||1.106.546 Units|
|3. Final Fantasy VII Remake||932.821 Units|
|4. Pokemon Sword & Shield||757.221 Units|
|5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe||525.036 Units|
|6. Ghost of Tsushima||399.370 Units|
Selling close to 400,000 copies in Japan, in two months, is no small feat, especially with the way the gaming landscape has shifted to a more portable and handheld style of gaming there. Either way, it seems as if the Japanese audience has really gravitated towards Sucker Punch’s latest adventure, more so than Sony’s other first-party offerings.
The success and positive response that Ghost of Tsushima has garnered this year from fans, has been 100% deserved.