The Last of Us: Part 2 is no stranger to controversy. Whether you may have seen the leaks or heard Neil Druckmann say that the upcoming sequel is “a divisive game” that caused philosophical arguments within Naughty Dog, then know that at the game’s core, it’s controversial. With that said, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s CEO claims that The Last of Us: Part 2 pre-orders are tracking better than Marvel’s Spider-Man in Europe despite the forthcoming title making news for all the wrong reasons.
Sadly, the claim by Sony that The Last of Us: Part 2 is tracking well in the pre-order department can’t be backed up by actual numbers or analytical figures. In other words, the only info we have on this situation comes straight from Jim Ryan — Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO — without any solid data.
Nevertheless, website videogameschronicle.com picked up on the situation, which is a site that has a pretty solid track record when it comes to unverified scenarios, quoting Ryan’s take on the current circumstance.
The outlet reports Ryan saying:
“Sony has taken more Last of Us Part 2 pre-orders in Europe than it did for Marvel’s Spider-Man at the same point before its September 2018 release.”
To summarize what Ryan is saying, Sony “has taken more” The Last of Us: Part 2 pre-orders “in Europe” than it did for Marvel’s Spider-Man at the same point before the latter game’s September 2018 release. However, we don’t know how many of those “taken” pre-orders have been canceled, and we don’t know how well The Last of Us: Part 2 pre-orders are tracking in North America.
Moreover, The PS4 exclusive best known as Marvel’s Spider-Man is said to be the best-selling superhero game in U.S. history — according to data tracking firm U.S. NPD Group — since it has sold over 13 million units worldwide as of July 18th, 2019.
In addition to the above, Ryan hopes that The Last of Us: Part 2 will be “a defining game for this generation” since its doing better in Europe than Marvel’s Spider-Man pre-order wise. With that said, we’ll find out how well the game performs at launch, post-launch, and months later when the PS4 game becomes available for worldwide consumption next month.
And speaking of The Last of Us: Part 2’s launch, the PS4 game by Naughty Dog is slated to go live on June 19th, 2020.