The Last of Us fans haven’t been entirely happy about the narrative direction that its sequel has taken, but that hasn’t stopped the game from being a massive financial hit. Yesterday, PlayStation’s head of marketing revealed that The Last of Us Part II managed to sell more than 4 million copies in just a few days, making it the fastest-selling first-party PS4 exclusive ever.
“We’re delighted to report that The Last of Us Part II is now the fastest-selling first-party PS4 exclusive ever with more than 4 million copies sold through as of June 21,” wrote Eric Lempel, Senior Vice President, PlayStation Worldwide Marketing. “This milestone would not have been reached without the support from our amazing fans, so on behalf of everyone at SIE, thank you!”
Does this mean that we’re in for another installment of The Last of Us? That’s certainly plausible. In fact, Naughty Dog’s vice president and game director Neil Druckmann has already admitted that he’d be open to another sequel.
“As you start wrapping things up, creatively there are fewer and fewer responsibilities and my mind can’t help but think about the next thing,” Druckmann told GQ. “So, yeah, the next thing could be a Part III, the next thing could be some new IP.”
Druckmann also shared the following message with The Last of Us fans.
We are so immensely grateful to the millions of fans around the world that have played The Last of Us Part II and shared their experiences with us over the last week. We set out to tell a new kind of story, one that deals with difficult themes and would challenge you in unexpected ways. Hearing how the experience has resonated with so many of you and witnessing the type of thoughtful discussions it has sparked has been so incredible. We’ve also been so inspired by your creativity — whether it’s your gorgeous Photo Mode shots, jaw-dropping gameplay GIFs, or the songs you’ve recorded using Ellie’s guitar.
The Last of Us Part II was made possible thanks to the efforts of the hundreds of talented and passionate developers here at Naughty Dog. We can imagine no greater honor than seeing that same passion mirrored by the people playing it. Thank you for helping us reach this amazing milestone.