God of War sales figures are breaking records left, right and center. The data for April has come in, the numbers have been crunched, and it’s official: Kratos’ PS4 debut has had the most successful launch month for a PlayStation exclusive. Ever. I’ll give you a moment to take all of that in.
The sales report, published by the NPD Group, only serves as a pantheon to God of War’s achievements in the month of April. Ahead of every other PlayStation exclusive you can think of – The Last of Us, Uncharted 4, you name it – Kratos has toppled them all to reign supreme.
God of War also had a huge impact on hardware sales. The PlayStation 4 sold 326,000 units in April, more than double its nearest competitor. That number is also the best April hardware sales numbers return in terms of units in nearly a decade.
It doesn’t end there. God of War sales were so impressive that, according to NPD analyst Matt Piscatella “PlayStation 4 software dollar sales in April 2018 set an all-time April high for any platform since tracking began in 1995.” Even the Ghost of Sparta himself might crack a smile at that one.
Those who were quick to proclaim the death of single-player games would be well served to look at God of War. In terms of pure numbers, it has undoubtedly overachieved and helped contribute to giving industry as a whole an 18% spike in total sales,raking in $823 million in 2018, which is up from 2017’s total of $699 million.