Analyst: The Last of Us sales hit 700,000 in US

Cowen & Company predicts Sony's PS3 title sold through 700,000 units in June, while 3DS game Animal Crossing: New Leaf reached 500,000 copies.

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The Last of Us sold 700,000 units in June in the United States, while Animal Crossing: New Leaf shifted 500,000 copies, according to a note released today from Cowen & Company's Doug Creutz.

No other new release sold more than 100,000 units during the month, he said.

Sony announced earlier this month that The Last of Us had shipped 3.4 million copies worldwide since its launch on June 14. Sales of that level make the game the fastest-selling new software franchise in the history of the PlayStation and the fastest-selling PlayStation 3 title of 2013 thus far.

Creutz's note to investors comes two days before the NPD Group releases sales data for June. The analyst predicted total software sales will slide 23 percent for the month. All major publishers will post negative comparable figures for the month, he said, including Activision Blizzard (-42 percent), Electronic Arts (-26 percent), and Take-Two (-41 percent).

These double-digit declines will continue through July, before turning positive beginning in August thanks to the early release of Madden NFL 25, Creutz argued. Further growth is expected to be posted in September and October, due in part to high-profile releases like Grand Theft Auto V (September 17) and Battlefield 4 (October 29).

"We are getting increasingly positive on the potential for software sales to finish the year in positive territory due to obviously robust demand for next-gen consoles and what should be robust initial software attach rates, as well as the potential for Nintendo's comps to get 'less bad' due to a torrent of product coming out between August and December," Creutz said.

Discussion

407 comments
Ddarkprince
Ddarkprince

 i think last of us has a great story playing game and it's multiplayer is fun but i think the ending doesnt feel finished enough for me i found the ending dissapointing myself i wanted more. I reallly am annoyed also the fact their are only 2 multiplayer modes and that multiplayer dlc still hasnt come out the multiplayer mode was shipped unfinished in my eyes not enough weapons, customization the leveling system is not right either which can cause you to lose your whole population by joining a game in progress that finishes in 2 mins. If they get a dlc out quick to make up for some of the short falls i can see this game being in my top 10 if they dont then maybe my top 30 

fbidog
fbidog

I will buy it when it comes to 39.99$

cowboyfan1234
cowboyfan1234

The sales numbers they are mentioning in this article are extremely inaccurate. Last of Us has been available for digital sales and about half of the people who bought the game bought it that way. These numbers in this article are only counting the number of people who bought a dvd.

Last of Us sold 1.3 million in three days and when you put both digital sales and dvd sales together it sold 3.4 million by the beginning of July.

miser_cz
miser_cz

They should port it to PC to get some money back. Seems like console users are no more the lucrative crowd.

D1N02982
D1N02982

After seeing videos on YouTube and stuff I still cant see anything really amazing with The Last of Us.

istuffedsunny
istuffedsunny

Just 700K? It seems low, especially for a game this great

Incubus420
Incubus420

I wonder the Sales figure if this game wasn't $60? I got it and have already beaten it, but I know there are about 70 Million Ps3's out there. Granted I have 2 of those 77 Million so I know there isn't actually 77 million individual users, but 3.4 million seems a little low to me. This game is a must play for anyone that owns a PS3 and has got some of the best review scores I have ever witnessed.  The only possible thing stopping people from grabbing this has to be the price.  If it was cheaper would it sell more? If it was near christmas would it have sold better?  

blamix99
blamix99

one of the best games ever..

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

Man Madden 25 already? man how the years have flown... why just yesterday it seemed like it was 2013....

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

i actually expected more for a one month but congrats non the less

JoshDPU
JoshDPU

The Last of Us is the kind of game that sticks with you long after you've finished it, I can't wait for more Naughty Dog titles in the future!

dummpymonkey123
dummpymonkey123

I can honestly say (IMO)The Last of us is the best linear story I've played in quite some time to me if it isn't damn near open world I kind of shun it (terrible ass cod fun multiplayer tho) but this story I actually played through (not worth 60 bu easily worth 45-50

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

700,000 & 500,000 sales for those 2 games alone in the U.S.A. Not bad even if The last of us & Animal crossing new leaf are not the most mainstream of games. The U.S sales numbers are healthy for Summer time.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

Both deserves more sales.

The Last of Us. <3

liandrikonflict
liandrikonflict

Probably would have sold 8 million in the US if it didnt have a garbage tacked on multiplayer....

grin89
grin89

i would buy animal crossing if i owned whatever handheld its on.

decoy1978
decoy1978

Who knows the way things are going it may even reach 1 mill by the end of the year....

frozengrudge
frozengrudge

Best GOTcurrent gen for me. I know TLOU focuses more on the growing bond between ellie and joel as they journey across America  (...what's left of it) and less on the outbreak(how the cordyceps unilateralis mutated, enabling them to 'infect' not only insects but also humans) but what really got me interested in this game was the 'horror' aspect of the game. Clickers really scare the hell out of me especially when they make the 'clicking' sound when roaming around 'looking' for prey. I actually am enjoying FACTIONS,  and  would like to see Clickers on multiplayer. 

thalazy
thalazy

As long as you have a PS3 that can handle the non in-game cinematics. The Last Of Us is enjoyable. My old fat 60gb PS3 doesn't like those and the game will freeze during those, the audio will play fine. I will then have to wait for the video to finish which can take upwards of 5 minutes before I can actually the play the game. If I press the skip button it'll freeze my console. I assume the newer models don't  have that problem.

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

Animal Crossing moving lots of units, dem casuals coming out in full force. The Last of Us is brilliant, no game is perfect, but damn is it good. Can't wait to see what Naughty Dog pulls out for the PS4.

Tixylixx
Tixylixx

So where did The Last of Us sell the other 2.7 million copies? Or was it 3.4 shipped?

hesoyamdon
hesoyamdon

This game need to sell 10 million, i thing which is quiet impossible for exclusive new IP

SpazldNinjaDude
SpazldNinjaDude

@cowboyfan1234 Digital sales are not mentioned in stats, for some reason....meaning the according to stats, Valve games on PC sell almost none.....

cowboyfan1234
cowboyfan1234

Meant to say it sold 3.4 million worldwide by the beginning of July. 

novak2k6
novak2k6

@D1N02982 rent it at least for a couple days.. I thought it was very good and story is well done. Some good replay value with the collectibles and + modes, but couldn't try out the online play. But the story alone got me hooked and I couldn't put the game down. Will be buying with a decent sale.

GreenReuben
GreenReuben

@istuffedsunny It seems like bullshit to me. It has sold over 3.4million, I highly doubt that the US would contribute well under a 3rd of those sales. US sales wouldn't be under 1million.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Incubus420 Yep. I have posted something very similar to this. I realize this game probably isn't available or just everyone's cup of tea. But with the universal praise it gets you would think more than 8% of PS3 owners would have this game by now. I don't necessarily go by review scores, but more by word of mouth and both are saying the same thing. (Not sure if it's 8%, but that seemed close to me)

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

@Incubus420 A game reaching 700k it's great news... it's a bit odd how Capcom complaints at 5m units sold but maybe they just want COD numbers which isn't gonna happen that easily. And thinking about it nintendo games only sell sooo much on their console because that's pretty much all people can get on them because it had little 3rd party support. So put it this way.. nintendo games have no competition on their consoles while Sony and M$ do. People have to choose from buying The Last of Us or GTA5. While on a Nintendo Console is either a Mario game or ZombieU. So in the end 3.4 M shipped it's great... selling even a million units it's great.

Incubus420
Incubus420

@RPG_Fan_I_Am love it man. I was thinking the same thing when I first heard of the game.  Can EA just give up the license please so we can get a fun Football game? 

Daian
Daian

U're forgetting it launched after E3 so it's actually just 2 weeks.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Megavideogamer The Last of Us is pretty mainstream, especially when compared to Animal Crossing. I am actually playing both right now and they are so opposite it's a great change up when you want to dig in to the other. Both absolutely great games.

JoshDPU
JoshDPU

@frozengrudge I was thinking how great multiplayer would be if there were 2-3 clickers just randomly placed on the map somewhere...preferably in the darkest corners... 

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

@thalazy pretty sure all the consoles can run it fine.... Mine runs games fine at least.... maybe just over heating? Fats did have that issue. Mine doesn't seem to get too hot though.

ciphfer
ciphfer

Wow...I never had this happen with my system (same launch unit with a upgraded drive). I will look out for this when I get the game.

Maximaboi
Maximaboi

@Tixylixx The 3.4 million are global sales.  The 700k is for US only.  You should read the article lol, or even the headline.  It is probably getting close to 4 million now.

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

@JoshDPU @frozengrudge I considered that too. Fighting off the clickers while fighting the other team and using the clickers to your advantage. It would be what I would want from DLC on the season pass.

wasakawaka
wasakawaka

Yes, imagine throwing a bottle towards the other team to attract the clicker and then sitting back to watch the mayhem