Uncharted 3 sells 3.8 million copies

Sony reports that Naughty Dog's latest PS3-exclusive game exceeded expectations with multimillion day-one tally, is on track to top its predecessors' sales totals.

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Gamers have bought into Drake's Deception by the millions. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe today announced that the PlayStation 3-exclusive Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception posted day-one global sales of 3.8 million copies.

Unlike this craft, Uncharted 3 did not crash and burn on takeoff.

Released on November 1 in North America and November 2 in Europe, Uncharted 3 "has smashed sales expectations," according to Sony. Additionally, the Naughty Dog-developed title is on pace to be the best-selling game in the franchise to date. When Uncharted 2 launched in October of 2009, it took the game the better part of a month before Sony confirmed it reached 1 million copies sold worldwide.

Uncharted 3 focuses on protagonist Drake's search for a lost city, with the wily adventurer finding his way to the Arabian Peninsula and its bleak Empty Quarter. In addition to the new multiplayer overhauls, the game features stereoscopic 3D capability, new stealth and melee maneuvers, and more.

Gamers eager for still more Uncharted fun won't need to wait very long. Bend Studio will debut its take on the franchise when the PlayStation Vita launches next February with the handheld launch title Uncharted: Golden Abyss. The studio previously brought another PS3-exclusive series to the portable market with Resistance: Retribution for the PSP.

For more on Naughty Dog's latest, check out GameSpot's review of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.

Discussion

302 comments
Evo8u
Evo8u

Sigil-otaku man I know exactly what u mean, proof is not enough for blinded fanboys.

blackace
blackace

Yeah.. it's too bad that this is just . The actually SOLD numbers is about 1 million. That's a lot of Uncharted 3's still sitting on retail shelves.

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

Wow, that's much higher than I expected. The game's good enough to deserve it. I'm a little bitter that they took out the tweaks since that's what gave the campaign replay value to me, but the multiplayer's pretty damned fun.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@Dark-Predator51 True, they should point that with "sold" they meant "shipped". (Not the same, since the numbers are almost never the same)

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Almost like Skyrim; but altough with 10 days advantage U3 is in a single platform. Pretty impressive indeed. The game deserves it

MIGHTYTUGA
MIGHTYTUGA

Two reasons i own a PS3 Uncharted and Killzone. I hope they sell a lot more.

TheArcade
TheArcade

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Dark-Predator51
Dark-Predator51

guys sales are almost never counted in how many were sold to customers. Sony, Microsoft, etc sells games to retailers (walmart, Gamestop, best buy, etc) and thats how they make their money. From there, retailers sale games to customers, and thats how retailers make their money. The profit that matters here is how many copies Sony sold to retailers, which is 3.8 million. If they EVER wanted to provide info on how many copies were sold to customers, they would have to get the info from ALL of the retailers they sold the game to. Who does that? that kind of data only matters to retailers, not Sony. And by the way, VGcharts can be WAAYYY inaccurate most of the time.

jefferson1964
jefferson1964

Deathblow, I agree, can you imagine what sales would be if this was also on Xbox....I purchased a PS3 last christma just for the Uncharted game as the guys at the office were saying how good the game is so had to check it out. I was not dissapointed on one. Bethesda's Skyrim sold 3.2M on PC/xbox/ps3, Uncharted has beat that and would blow those numbers away if they added another platform, and congrats to naughty dog......

jefferson1964
jefferson1964

I played Uncharted 1 and it was good, now it looks like I will be picking up 2 and 3 after I finish Skyrim.........

deathblow3
deathblow3

it doesn't matter if the game shipped or sold 3.8. all that matters is that is what the stores bought and that is confirmed money in naughty dogs pocket. good job guys

deathblow3
deathblow3

this game though short compared to the last to had me on the edge of my seat the whole short ride. short as it is it told one compelling story. i have to agree on the multi plateform though. games that do this well on one console would be triple the profit if it was multi platform. good job naughty dog keep it going.

AwsomeZ101
AwsomeZ101

@LordRaymond.... didnt i say that?

LordRaymond
LordRaymond

@AwsomeZ101 Ya its ship which is still technically sold. Unless it specifically said sold to customers, you should probably assume its shipped/sold. I'm not disputing what it sold to customers.

guitarpete987
guitarpete987

I think they usually count first shipment as sold, because you pretty much expect they're going to sell, especially on a massive game like this.

NoblesseOblige3
NoblesseOblige3

Great game, though it's starting to get predictable storyline / action sequence wise. Change it up a bit for 4, Naughty Dog? :)

holtrocks
holtrocks

@Hig1134 Its all good everyone does it from time to time lol.

Hig1134
Hig1134

@holtrocks Misread what you were getting at bro. Yeah, exclusivity can be ugly.

holtrocks
holtrocks

@Hig1134 Was not trolling just stating the fact that i wish it was on 360. lol wow just looked at my first comment really guys i was not bashing it just saying it would of sold more if it was also on the 360 and that i want the game. Halo and Gears would sell more if they were on the ps3 aswell, ps3 fanboys are the worst.

Hig1134
Hig1134

@holtrocks Yeah, but then they would have to dumb it down for the 360's garbage hardware. It was made for PS3's architecture, that's why the graphics look so good. Nice try on the troll though.

Star650
Star650

Can't wait to get it next month.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@Sigil-otaku Right.. I'll apologise for that last comment then, I think you've taken it a bit too personally and not actually got on to what I was even on about. I was merely saying negative comments generally won't go down well on a thread discussing the games success. Nothing at all in that comment was aimed at you 'bashing' the game or your views :? Not everyone is out to hate you, just chill!

cstv
cstv

@godzillavskong I truly had a blast playing the first one, its a must buy if you have a ps3!!

kupo1705
kupo1705

I'm not a fan of Uncharted, but I love Naughty Dog. They definitely deserve this.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I still haven't beat the first one. To those who've played the game, is it better than the previous 2?I plan on getting it anyways, but I wanna beat the second one first.

LordRaymond
LordRaymond

@AwsomeZ101 It is still sold. Sold to retailers and eventually will all be sold to the customer.

erik2005
erik2005

Good game loved it! Next game pls :)

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

Nice Naughty Dog, thank you Sony, I will be buying this game pretty soon.

margevich
margevich

i love my ps2 it make me happy alltime xD

SSJSasuke10
SSJSasuke10

You deserve it Naughty Dog, this game is the definition of masterpiece.

RGDT021
RGDT021

Wow... 3.8 million SUCKERS! Haha, ya seriously, screw this series.

apboyer
apboyer

If I hadn't recently purchased Arkham City, been planning to purchase Super Mario 3D Land and Skyward Sword I would be playing this right now.

grognard
grognard

@surppo - the desperate situation Sony finds themselves in is 4 consecutive years of almost $1 BILLION in losses each year and a plummeting stock value. Each console they sell is at a loss and they can't even catch 360 in the most critical market after that. This is the point where console manufacturers are supposed to be realizing healthy profits on each console sold to make up for the R&D losses previously incurred and subsidize development of the next console. Instead, Sony is desperately buying market share simply in an attempt to remain somewhat relevant in NA for the duration of this generation. Make no mistake, this generation was nothing short of disastrous for Sony as it realized a decrease in market share rarely seen in any industry and incurred massive losses on top of that. Sony will be very happy to put this generation behind it.

holtrocks
holtrocks

@InnerSenses i know im just saying just like everyone one says with Gears and Halo

InnerSenses
InnerSenses

@holtrocks Naughty Dog is a Sony first-party company, so Uncharted will never see an Xbox HD-DVD (or 3) until the day Naughty Dog sells the franchise on to a third party like they did with Crash. If that even happens.

Frosty192
Frosty192

I still havent even played the first one...I should get on that.

LoveSack
LoveSack

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DoodaPooda
DoodaPooda

This article say that Sony "posted day-one global sales of 3.8 million copies" which means that 3.8 million people purchased this game at retail. SCEE spokesman Nick Chaplin had this to say about Uncharted 3's day one sales: "... the team at Naughty Dog deserve this fantastic reception at retail." (according to psxextreme) So 3.8 million of these babies got sold to consumers.

Falcon702
Falcon702

I looked into it, and I think someone at SCEA misspoke or something, and this number represents units shipped to retailers. As of November 5, Uncharted 3 has sold 581,000 units in the States, 121,000 in Japan, and 1.2 million worldwide. Which is still awesome! And it's a fantastic game, so no one should have their feelings hurt. But if this game actually sold 3.8 million in its first day, then it sold more than MW3 did for the PS3. And you just have to ask yourself, do you really believe that? Source: http://gamrreview.vgchartz.com/sales-data/49054/uncharted-3-drakes-deception/

greatgood
greatgood

3.8 million thats a lot better than any xbox 360 game

AwsomeZ101
AwsomeZ101

@LordRaymond no it is shipped with sony hoping this is what it will sell in the next month. halo 3 is the xbox 3rd best selling game(9 mill i think) and uncharted is not as known as halo(no disrespect).UN it sold 1.1 million first week. there are links on this page so i wont bother posting another 1. AGIAN ITS TO RETAILORS.sony only say that cause THEY MAKE MONEY BY SHIPPING IT. listen to sense, do you really believe it sold 3.8 making it a world record excluding cod?

LordRaymond
LordRaymond

@mall69 It is 3.8M copies worldwide. NPD only tracks US.