Since 2015, Sony has been consistent with its exclusive titles and a symbiotic relationship has been created with users. These exclusives encouraged more people to buy the console, and its user base ensured its international success. They started with Bloodborne (2015), then The Last Guardian (2016), then Horizon Zero Dawn (2017), and the 2018 God of War and Spider-Man were released. Despite having a gallery of acclaimed hits and games, The Last of Us Part II surpassed them all. Well, almost everyone, the only exception was Peter Parker.
Mat Piscarella shared the June 2020 sales reports in the United States. To no one’s surprise, The Last of Us Part II beat the competition and became the best-selling game of the month. It surpassed games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Animal Crossing and Grand Theft Auto V. More surprising has been that TLOU Part II is, until now, the 3rd best-selling game of 2020. And the most interesting thing of all is that, from Of all the games released by Sony, TLOU has been the second-best release. The first place belongs to Spider-Man.
Overall, The Last of Us Part II was the 3rd best-selling game of the year. The top two titles are Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Seeing Call of Duty above is not surprising, as it is a monumental franchise like this one. The most striking case is that of Animal Crossing, which has proven to be one of Nintendo’s biggest brands.
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