The long wait appears to have paid off financially, with The Last of Us Part II being the fastest-selling first-party PlayStation 4 exclusive ever, selling a mighty four-million copies within its first three days.
The news comes by way of a PlayStation.Blog post, in which The Last of Us Part II’s director - as well as Naughty Dog’s Vice President - Neil Druckmann excitedly proclaims;
“We are so immensely grateful to the millions of fans around the world that have played The Last of Us Part II and shared their experiences with us over the last week. We set out to tell a new kind of story, one that deals with difficult themes and would challenge you in unexpected ways. Hearing how the experience has resonated with so many of you and witnessing the type of thoughtful discussions it has sparked has been so incredible. We’ve also been so inspired by your creativity — whether it’s your gorgeous Photo Mode shots, jaw-dropping gameplay GIFs, or the songs you’ve recorded using Ellie’s guitar.”
He then goes on to briefly congratulate his co-workers, stating;
“The Last of Us Part II was made possible thanks to the efforts of the hundreds of talented and passionate developers here at Naughty Dog. We can imagine no greater honor than seeing that same passion mirrored by the people playing it. Thank you for helping us reach this amazing milestone.”
It’s no secret that The Last of Us Part II received immense fan-backlash following the leaks that surfaced weeks prior to the game’s release, but this doesn’t seem to have had a negative effect on the overall sales, even if public opinion remains divisive.
The Last of Us Part II is available now exclusively for PlayStation 4.