Horizon Zero Dawn has been a colossal success for Sony and PlayStation. When the PS4 exclusive launched back in 2017, many questioned developer Guerrilla Games' decision to move away from the Killzone franchise — but it was a move that certainly paid off. Aloy's adventure has now topped 20 million sales across PS4 and PC.
It's an incredibly impressive achievement for a new property. These are outright blockbuster numbers, and serve as a potent reminder of why Sony has been so keen to build PlayStation's identity around its first-party output.
It's very much a similar success story to Ghost of Tsushima — another first-party monster that went on to sell well above expectations. Ghost surpassed 8 million units last month, which just goes to show how ridiculously popular Zero Dawn has been.
With Horizon Forbidden West just around the corner, it'll be really interesting to see how well the PS5 and PS4 sequel sells. Typically, sequels don't quite reach the commercial heights of their predecessors — but it's already looking like Forbidden West will still be another smash hit.
Are you happy to see Aloy rake in so much profit? Take aim at robotic dinosaurs in the comments section below.
It is a phenomenal game with great gameplay and a great story. The amazing graphics are the icing on the cake as it is a rare game that has all of that. It deserves those very high sales. It is a shame it came out the same time as Breath of the Wild as I am sure it would have won numerous game of the year awards otherwise.
Well deserved! Great game, can't wait for Forbidden West!
How many on PS4 compared to PC?
I mean, with there being so many more PC gamers out there the PS4 numbers should be much smaller.
Great effort from Guerilla Games, no it's not perfect BUT it's still brilliant and I am really looking forward to getting my hands on the Forbidden West next week.
I wonder the pc sales number..i don't believe they did more than 2 million..
It deserves it. Awesome game
Good game. I see another poster mentioned Breath of the Wild, and actually I think of them similarly (not just because I got both around the same time) in that they are very good but not quite the masterpieces some think.
That means there is plenty of room for improvement with the sequel, so I'm looking forward to seeing if they can deliver.
As for PC sales, the general hype train was well over by the time it received a PC release. Anyone who desperately wanted to play it, and who could afford a half decent PC, would easily of picked up a cheap console just to play the few exclusives they were interested in.
Best game of last generation and forbidden West will be the best game of this generation (so far), visually as well.
Isnt this more than the last of us sales and God of war? Maybe sonys best selling video game?
Guerilla 100% deserves it. I love the first game and can't wait for the sequel.
Casuals actually have a PS console to play mainstream/ blockbuster games on (nothing wrong with that, but I've seen lots of those types of gamers who play stuff like GOW/ Horizon).
And then you have lots PC nerds with a humongous rig that only play Counter strike, because fRaMerAte and feeling superior
Just replaying it now. Great game!
@zebric21 @Col_McCafferty We don't know recent specific PC numbers but at launch (full price) it sold over 700,000 copies on PC which wasn't far off what the Witcher 3 sold at launch. This despite it being an older game and a bit of a buggy release initially.
As of March last year it has made 250% return on investment on PC.
So it's done very well for Sony.
Does this number also include the free „Paly at Home“ copies?
In fact we were talking about this earlier and how it had been a massive success for Sony and that they are putting a lot behind the marketing of FW for good reason.
The pc versions of certain PS first party games has convinced quite a few of my formerly pc-only friends to purchase or attempt to purchase ps5s as they want to play these kinda games day 1.
I'll be interesting to see the final sales for God of War. My suspicion is that despite all the port begging, there is only minimal gain from releasing PS 'exclusives' on PC and actually that long-term it damages the brand.
Hopefully one day Sony will wake up to this and try to be more like Nintendo in some aspects than Xbox.
As for HZD, it was the game that convinced me to go for the PS4 over Xbox One last gen and for that reason alone it will always have a place in my heart. It also helped me during a particularly difficult time in my life and, on top of that, it's a brilliant game and one I really enjoyed replaying last year.
@Max_the_German The image they tweeted says "copies sold" so it shouldn't include the free ones.
It also says "1 billion hours played"
I own the original, but have only played a little. I believe I found the tech, but didn’t get much further. I need to pick it back up.
My second favorite game from last gen and the best new IP from last gen (sorry Ghost).
Glad Single Player games are kicking ass.
@Col_McCafferty No game was perfect from last gen, so that's still a good thing!
Pre-Downloading Forbidden West now for next Friday 😁
@UltimateOtaku91 With God of War now releasing on PC, I bet Horizon and God of War are neck to neck. Uncharted 4 will be the next one to reach 20m after PC, easily.
But lets bow down to Spider-man ps4 who beats them all.
Ghost will reach 10m soon.
Tlou 2... well that one is a weird case. I'm actually thinking it hasn't sold well. If we don't see sales figures when last of us factions is announced along with the remake... yeah. The game probably didn't meet expectations because Ghost has been getting all the sales figures announcements. Sad, because a lot of people jumped to conclusions that the game was bad without trying it.
I bet a lot of PC only dudes wished they knew sooner about PS4 games.
edit: Uncharted 4 already surpass 20m.
"It's very much a similar success story to Ghost of Tsushima — another first-party monster that went on to sell well above expectations. Ghost surpassed 8 million units last month, which just goes to show how ridiculously popular Zero Dawn has been."
Probably worth mentioning HZD has gone for peanuts (under $10) in sales and even been given away en masse for free, whereas GoT has, surprisingly, maintained its price integrity over time.
HZD would have sold well either way, but aggressive pricing is definitely also a factor in that success.
What could ultimately matter more is the aggregate of all new console players arising from PC ports of various first party games (who want to play sequels day 1)
I suspect new fans of Sony first party titles (pc-only crowd) waiting for pc ports of new games might not be that dominant a demographic. But even if few make the transition to console, the pc ports might bring bigger numbers on pc for new first party games if Sony's reputation as a publisher on pc shines enough.
I doubt pc ports will reduce console customer base as most gamers don't buy enough games for pc to work out cheaper and affordability is king for most.
Congratulations Guerilla! I enjoyed Horizon one well enough. I don't think im as hot on it as some folks but I'm looking forward to the sequel all the same.
And for the folks saying the PC release probably didn't contribute a lot to this milestone I'm pretty sure it did well on the platform considering PS is continuing to bring more titles to the platform. They wouldn't do it if it didn't make sense.
@RevGaming I'd be really interested in sales figure for LoU2. Just googling the sales figures it seemed to be doing crazy well for a period. Fastest selling Sony exclusive, outselling Miles Morales in 2021, 3rd highest grossing Sony game at one point? Can't see why they wouldn't release the figures unless they similarly wait for the next release to help with the marketing push? The last I can see on LoU1 is it reaching over 17 million copies. Would be interested in how they compare to each other - and what classes as 'success' when it comes to sales figures?
hard to go wrong with robot dinosaurs really - taps right into childhood nostalgia - had toy robot dinosaurs when i was young..............i wonder what ever happened to them they were cool
@StonyKL The TLoU sales include PS3 and PS4 copies. I suspect TLoU 2 is around the ten million mark, might climb higher when the PS5 DC is inevitably released but fall short of the first.
I think the sequel is even better but that's my opinion. I'm sure it's sold well enough and generated big profits for ND and Sony.
@StonyKL Tlou 1 surpassed 20 million and that was years ago.
Idk, I hope they are just holding to get 10 million because they want too prove those "go woke go broke" haters.
I've played through HZD 6 times now. I absolutely love the story and how well paced it is. Easily my favourite PlayStation exclusive.
What baffles me is that japanese audience turned their backs to these gems as numerous reports say that most first party titles didn't sell that well (look for GOT as an example) there..
@zebric21 If it ain't published by Capcom, Square, Bandai or Nintendo, Japan don't want it.
Sony must feel pretty good about their Studios. They can even compete in the PC space is really impressive.
The only other real competition Sony has is Microsoft, and they already put all their 1st party games on PC.
So it is a wash for anyone picking a home console.
Because Japan is super unidimensional when it comes to games they play. The West is what keeps the lights on for most of the Industry.
The only Western game worth buying acording to Japan is Minecraft 🤦♂️
@Col_McCafferty It's a good point you're making, but what I find interesting is Sony's 'zen' middle ground approach. They don't want to lock things into a walled ecosystem for ever and ever (like Nintendo), but they also don't want to release things under the mantra of 'day and date' (side note, f*ck you Microsoft, I see what you're doing with Gamepass and what that means for the long term survival of quality games) like Xbox. It's almost Buddhist in its approach and I think long term, that might pay off. Finding the middle way between two disparate models? Seems like enlightened foresight to me...
It's amazing that it's done so well and I'm glad to see that.
Probably in the minority here but, I'm going to wait on user reviews. Been burned too many times by the editorial hype train and not sure what the point of a preorder in a mostly digital world is anymore. I mean I prefer physical, but not like you can't get your hands on the game, if you needed to. I felt the second half of the first game to be mostly a slog. If this is more of the same I may wait for a Greatest Hits edition or at least $30 range.
@Max_the_German why do people ask this? Are you really that stupid?
@Col_McCafferty not sure if you’re joking or not but there are much more console gamers with most on PlayStation than there are PC players. Just Google it.
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