Uncharted 2 : Among Thieves released last week, to the mass approval of fans and critics’ alike. Naughty Dog was praised for once again, creating a fun, deep storyline with stunning realism in character interaction. With so much hype with the game, and the game actually delivering on that, (PSLS gave the game a 5/5 Editor’s Choice Award) did the sales pull through?
The answer is a resounding yes! In the first week, Nathan Drake & Co. managed to sell 836,000 units worldwide. However, these brow-raising numbers only place the game at number two for the fastest selling PS3 exclusive, of all time. Compare these numbers to the first week of worldwide sales for Uncharted : Drake’s Fortune, which managed to sell 134,000 units (only 32,000 units in its opening week, in North America).
So you must be wondering, if Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is the 2nd fastest PS3 exclusive ever, what game is the first? Named by numerous media outlets as last year’s Game of the Year, Metal Gear Solid 4 : Guns of the Patriots was the fastest selling PS3 exclusive ever. In the opening week of worldwide sales, Old Snake sold a whopping 1.7 million units in its opening week (almost 5 million in its lifetime).
Still, Naughty Dog should be proud of the sales figures. In fact, they are. Amy Hennig, Creative Director of Naughty Dog stated in a recent interview, sales were “exceeding expectations”.
“I would definitely say it’s exceeding expectations.
“Being in the industry for a while you learn to try to manage your expectations because you’d rather be surprised with good news than disappointed. It’s a tough business, but from the early numbers I’ve seen getting reported back it’s exceeded any estimates we had internally, and it’s certainly outsold the first game by many, many times. That and the critical reception so far has been really gratifying.”
– Amy Henning, Creative Director, Naughty Dog [Source]
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