Never did I think composing a haiku would be my favorite thing to do in a game. I guess that is just part of the charm when I got to play Ghost of Tsushima. Sucker Punch created an open-world game set during Edo Japan. On the island of Tsushima, samurai Jin Sakai faces down the Mongrol army. This war takes a toll on Jin as he starts being changed by the tide of war. Looks like that concept was quite enticing. The game has officially become PlayStation’s fastest-selling exclusive IP on the PS Store. It has managed to sell 1.9M digital units in July alone.
To put this in comparison, Horizon Zero Dawn held the title until now. It had the same amount of virtual sales within two months. Sony exclusive Days Gone also needed two months to pass 1.3 million in digital sales. As of now, Ghost of Tsushima is also the biggest digital release for July. The Last of Us Part II also broke that record for June.
Summer is normally a quiet season for game sales but the current pandemic has changed that. Nintendo is also seeing quite the success this year with Animal Crossing: New Horizons at 5M and Pokémon Sword and Shield at 2.7M. Their latest release Paper Mario: The Origami King did beat out last year’s Fire Emblem: Three Houses with 555K digital sales. It has been a major year for the gaming industry and we’ll see if more records will be broken as the year goes on.