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The Last Of Us Part 2 Tops NPD Launch Numbers For 2020


When it comes to video game releases, there are two things that video game developers and publishers generally want. The first thing they want is that they desire a critically-acclaimed title. But the second thing, and arguably the most important thing, is that they want a game that really sells. Usually at least a million, and if they’re lucky, many millions. As if there was any doubt, The Last Of Us Part 2 has topped that “many millions” column.

According to the latest NPD numbers obtained by ComicBook.com, The Last Of Us Part 2 not only had a major launch, but it claims that the game had the “biggest launch month of any game this year”. Which means it would have had to do better than Animal Crossing New Horizons which did well over 10 million in a month.

This shouldn’t be too surprising though given that the PS4 had a 100 million+ fan base and the game was easily one of the most highly anticipated games of the year. So many people were going to buy it just to see how the game followed up from the legendary first title.

Which brings us to the irony of the piece, because once the game was played, many gamers voiced disappointment in the story, characters, and choices. Which may affect long-term game sales.

If you’re curious, here are the top 20 games sold in the last month.
  1. The Last of Us Part 2
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. Mortal Kombat 11
  6. Red Dead Redemption 2
  7. Ring Fit Adventure
  8. NBA 2K20
  9. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  10. Minecraft Dungeons
  11. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  12. Rainbow Six Siege
  13. Minecraft
  14. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  15. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  16. Borderlands 3
  17. Need for Speed Heat
  18. Persona 4 Golden
  19. SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated
  20. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey