God of War: Ragnarök and Pokémon Scarlet/Violet both opened with outstanding sales.
Sony Interactive Entertainment and Sony Santa Monica Studio announced on Twitter that God of War: Ragnarok sold 5.1 million copies in its first five days on sale. It is not only a record for the franchise, but the game also became the fastest-selling first-party title in Sony’s nearly three decades in the gaming industry. (The franchise record means nothing, as the ever-growing games industry means that interest is growing, so sales tend to go up.) No word on how many of these sales were for PlayStation 4 and how many were for PlayStation 5 from the game released on November 9. However, it’s safe to say that this makes the adventure of Kratos and Atreus a blockbuster for Sony, especially compared to God of War, which was released on PlayStation 4 on April 20, 2018 (it recorded 3.1 million sales in its first three days).
But it’s not just Sony that’s celebrating; Nintendo also does it. The big N announced that in the three days since its release, it sold a total of more than 10 million copies (!) of Game Freak’s Nintendo Switch-exclusive Pokémon Scarlet/Violet pair, and that’s a record too, as internationally, whichever Nintendo platform you look at, it’s the most significant international sales result for the Japanese company, which took into account digital (Nintendo eShop) and in-store, physical sales in the result. It’s more of a surprise, though, as Pokémon Scarlet/Violet was released on November 18, and technically, it’s not outstanding quality (performance and graphics also look a bit clashing, especially compared to Pokémon Legends: Arceus, a Switch exclusive released earlier in the year by the same team).
Congratulations also to Sony (which let Santa Monica work for four and a half years) and Nintendo (which, in turn, released the previous main Pokémon installment just three years earlier… with a pandemic in between; the results are showing).