Sucker Punch Productions' lone samurai fantasy Ghost of Tsushima has had a glorious July in the US, and the fact it launched on July 17, 2020, didn't prevent it from being the best-selling game.
According to NPD's data, Ghost of Tsushima took two weeks to become July's best selling game in the US, and there's more good news for the developer too.
Namely, Ghost of Tsushima is this year's fifth best-selling game and Sucker Punch Productions' fastest-selling release ever. This sort of result was expected given the scope of Jin's story, but this doesn't mean it was easy.
Quite the contrary , in fact, as the team found that almost none of their earlier tech is of much help in developing Ghost of Tsushima, and that's just on the tech side.
"At times, the task seemed impossible. The game got away from us a little bit — it felt like we were wrestling an octopus. We had trouble just keeping track of the state of the game. Was it playing better with yesterday’s new changes? It’s a simple question to ask, but hard to answer unless you can cancel all your meetings for a week and play through the game", said Brian Fleming, the studio co-founder.
Another July debutant, Paper Mario: The Origami King, also had a month to remember, finishing strongly and blowing its predecessor's results out of the water.
NPD's list of top 10 best-selling games in the US is as follows:
- Ghost of Tsushima
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
- Paper Mario: The Origami King
- The Last of Us Part 2
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- Ring Fit Adventure
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris