Sony's Days Gone has apparently sold fewer copies than EA's Anthem, at least according to research done by NPD Group. On the other hand, it sold more than some actually beloved multi-platform titles, like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
NPD's research for 2019 so far has been recently posted by Matt Piscatella, offering a glimpse of what sells and how well it sells in the world of the gaming industry.
The report happened on 18 June 2019 listed the top 10 sellers up to date. Days Gone came in on #8 spot and the full list is as follows:
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Kingdom Hearts 3
- The Division 2
- Resident Evil 2 (2019)
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Days Gone
- MLB 19: The Show
- Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
One would think that Days Gone selling fewer copies than a train wreck such as Anthem would spell out a death sentence for SIE Bend Studio but there are a few factors that say otherwise.
First of all, Resident Evil 2 was considered a major success for Capcom but it also sold fewer copies than Anthem. The story is similar with FromSoftware and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice - it was considered a success even though it sold fewer copies than Days Gone, across multiple platforms.
Speaking of which, Days Gone is a PlayStation 4 exclusive which severely affects the number of possible copies sold. Just because it sold less than Anthem doesn't mean it sold poorly - making the top 10 list while selling on only one platform is a success.
As a point of reference, God of War was considered to be a critical success and nearly as important as the Second Coming but the same restrictions applied to that game - it was a PlayStation 4 exclusive.
Matt Piscatella's report put the game on #8 spot at the end of 2018. There is still half a year worth of releases in 2019 that could potentially kick Days Gone out of top 10 but it is fairly safe to say the game was actually a commercial success.