We knew Horizon Zero Dawn was going to be great, but man, is it ever. Horizon Zero Dawn sold 2.6 million copies in the just first two weeks of launch, making it the best new IP launch for Sony in PlayStation 4 history and the best exclusive since Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, as well the best release for the publisher, Guerilla Games.
The sales encompass global retail sales, both physical and digital. What's really impressive is that not only was it a brand new IP, but it was also PlayStation exclusive, both of which usually limit sales potential. The game has been predicted to sell 6-8 million copies by the end of 2017. This puts it close to Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, which launched in May 2016 and sold 8.7 million copies by the end of the year. For comparison sake, Uncharted 4 sold 2.7 million copies in its first week as an established and well-loved series.
It's hard to compare exactly where Horizon falls with the other highly anticipated launch, that of #BreathoftheWild on the Nintendo Switch and Wii U. Breath of the Wild sold 1.34 million copies just on the #Switch in its first week, but we don't have exact sales for Horizon's first week nor second week sales for Breath of the Wild.
Horizon Zero Dawn originally outsold Breath of the Wild in the UK in its first week of sales, but that was only counting from Horizon's launch on February 28 to March 7, whereas Breath of the Wild launched on March 3 and had only been out for 5 days.
In Japan the sales were switched. Breath of the Wild topped sales at 193,000 units while Horizon only sold 117,000. This is not terribly surprising since PS4 sales have dropped in Japan.
Both Horizon Zero Dawn and Breath of the Wild were universally praised. Like the Switch with #Zelda, Horizon Zero Dawn may increase #PS4 sales by virtue of the game's popularity alone. The Switch's success seems to have been due in part by Breath of the Wild's allure; roughly 90% of Switch buyers also purchased Breath of the Wild. Horizon could have a similar effect with its PS4 exclusivity and great reviews, prompting a surge in PS4 sales.
Even though it's freshly out the door, there's already more to come for Horizon Zero Dawn. Hermen Hulst, Managing Director of Guerrilla Games, spoke about future plans, indicating a new expansion for sure, with the possibility of more expansions further on.
"This is only the beginning of Aloy's story and our exploration of the world of Horizon Zero Dawn, with the team already hard at work on an expansion to the story."
We can't wait to see what's in store for Aloy, a much loved character already.
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