Updated: Aug 6
Ghost of Tsushima has sold nearly 10 million copies, Sony Interactive Entertainment said Tuesday in its latest earnings report.
The action-adventure game was developed by Sucker Punch Productions and released in July 2019. It received positive reviews from critics, who praised its art style and combat gameplay.
The game was compared to the popular Jojo Rabbit movie starring Nicholas Cage and released the same year as Ghost of Tsushima’s release date.
There were also comparisons made between Ghost of Tsushima and Sucker Punch’s other titles: Days Gone (2019) and The Last of Us Part II (2019).
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The samurai game for PlayStation 4 is Sucker Punch's highest-selling title in the studio's 24-year history.
In fact, Ghost of Tsushima sold more copies than all three previous games combined: Infamous 1 (2 million), Infamous 2 (2 million), Infamous: First Light (1 million).
If you’re not familiar with Ghost of Tsushima, it's the latest game from Sucker Punch Productions, the studio behind Sly Cooper and Infamous.
Set in 1274, it follows Jin Sakai who is a samurai warrior fighting against Mongol invaders.
The action game is set in feudal Japan, with game play in a semi-open world as Sakai, who travels to an island with his friend Masanori Kato in an attempt to find his master, who had been missing for years.
Ghost of Tsushima Also Became One of PlayStation's fastest-Selling IP
Ghost of Tsushima also became one of PlayStation's fastest-selling new IPs, according to Sony.
What made the game so popular?
Perhaps it was the high praise it received from critics and players, who praised its combat system and open world setting. Plus, as mentioned, some compared it to the 2019 movie Jojo Rabbit, which is set during the same historical period as Ghost of Tsushima.
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The game has been praised for its graphics, animations, combat system, and open world setting but also criticized for its lack of story depth or character development.
Now gamers await the long-promised Ghost of Tsushima motion picture.
Ghost of Tsushima Competed With Some Big Titles At Debut
On top of that, Ghost of Tsushima launched around the same time as a number of other big video games like The Last of Us Part II and Animal Crossing: New Horizons from competitor Nintendo Switch.
Despite all this competition, Sony said sales for all three consoles -- PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PlayStation VR -- were up year over year from November 2019 to January 2020.
It's also worth noting AGAIN! that Ghost of Tsushima was the most successful game in Sucker Punch's history. It was one of the fastest selling new IPs for PlayStation and received critical acclaim upon its release; it has an average rating of 86 on Metacritic.
With those kind of numbers, it's no wonder why Sucker Punch decided not to work with another publisher when they began developing their next game after Ghost Of Tsushima.