Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic survivor The Last of Us is witnessing quite the hot streak. With 3.4 million sales to date, the game has laid claim to the top of the UK chart and for four consecutive weeks, hasn’t show any sign of budging. Sony have since stated that the property is the fastest selling game in the entire seven year lifecycle of the Playstation 3. These figures accomadate both physical and digital sales of the game, and its rousing success is one that Shuhei Yoshida; Sony’s president of worldwide studios, attributes to the game’s blockbuster status.
“The teams at Naughty Dog are true visionaries and their storytelling capabilities are second to none, this title is an undisputed demonstration of that. SCE continues to be committed to delivering unique gameplay experiences that redefine the interactive entertainment industry and The Last of Us is a perfect example.”
The game has been buoyed by incredible word of mouth and has swept the board of reviews gaining unanimous approval. And, as you can see below, the game still reigns atop the UK chart four weeks after release.
Here’s the UK chart ending July 6th:
1. The Last of Us
2. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
3. FIFA 13
4. Animal Crossing: New Leaf
5. Assassin’s Creed III
6. Tomb Raider
7. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
8. The Sims 3: Island Paradise
10. Far Cry 3
11. Injustice: Gods Among Us
12. Need for Speed: Most Wanted
13. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
14. BioShock Infinite
15. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition
16. God of War: Ascension
17. GRID 2
18. Project X Zone
19. Luigi’s Mansion 2
20. LEGO The Lord of the Rings
With a surprinsingly engaging multiplayer component at present in The Last of Us and the promise of story-based downloadable content slated for release in the near future, its highly likely that Naughty Dog’s unique IP will sustain this momentum over the summer period. For a Playstation exclusive on the market for just under four weeks, these sales are rather incredible and have in turn exceeded Sony’s expectations.
The only question now is: will they push ahead with a sequel? The rich and immersive world has surely opened up a tapestry of themes and plotlines to explore, in saying that – having completed the game twice – if they do choose to make a continuation, I believe they should leave Joel and Ellie’s concluded story as is and focus on some fresh characters.
But what do you think? Did you enjoy The Last of Us? And would you like to see a new chapter in Naughty Dog’s Cordyceps-ridden world? Give us your thoughts below.