The Last of Us is PS3s fastest selling new franchise

Sony said today that The Last of Us has become the fastest selling new “franchise” in PS3’s history. Including both physical and digital purchases, the game cleared 3.4 million sales between its global release on June 14 and July 3, also helping it become the quickest selling PS3 title of 2013, according to the platform holder.

Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida commented: “These sales figures are a testament to the blockbuster quality of The Last of Us. The teams at Naughty Dog are true visionaries and their storytelling capabilities are second to none, this title is an undisputed demonstration of that. SCE continues to be committed to delivering unique gameplay experiences that redefine the interactive entertainment industry and The Last of Us is a perfect example.”

On Monday The Last of Us became the first UK all formats chart No.1 of 2013 to retain the top spot for four consecutive weeks, besting the three week runs enjoyed by Bioshock Infinite and Dead Island: Riptide earlier this year. Naughty Dog intends to release three The Last of Us DLC packs, one campaign add-on and two multiplayer ones.

We said in our The Last of Us review: “In terms of everything the modern action game has strived to be, The Last of Us is the full-stop at the end of the sentence, leaving no more to be said. Until next-gen. If this is our starting point for that, then the next five to ten years could be truly amazing.”

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