It shouldn't come as too much of a suprise that The Last of Us Part 2 is selling well, but immediately following its launch, it has already dethroned another Naughty Dog title in setting a new Sony record. It has also taken a crown from one of the year's other biggest titles, Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
According to the weekly UK sales data compiled by GfK, The Last of Us Part 2 easily took the top spot on the country's sales charts, overcoming the strong resurgent sales of Nintendo's Ring Fit Adventure. At the same time, it bested a Sony record for the PS4 and became the UK's biggest debut of 2020 by a wide margin.
Based on the boxed copy sales alone, The Last of Us Part 2 barely cinches its place as Sony's fastest-selling title of the generation in the UK, a title previously held by Naughty Dog's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. Given that digital sales aren't included in that tally and that Sony had its best year of PS4 console sales in 2017, it's likely the case that Naughty Dog actually just bested its record with a significant number of digital sales.
Our sister site GamesIndustry.biz also points out that The Last of Us Part 2's launch outdid Animal Crossing: New Horizons' stunning debut by 40% in the UK. Again, that's likely due in large part to Sony's console having a wider install base than the Nintendo Switch, for which New Horizons has been a significant system-seller.
Until Sony or Naughty Dog release their own sales figures, it'll likely be difficult to paint a fuller picture of The Last of Us Part 2's success. In terms of its critical reception, Naughty Dog and Sony are celebrating the widespread praise given to the sequel ahead of its launch. USG Editor-in-Chief Kat Bailey gave it high praise in her review—it should be noted, though, that the embargo rules in place prevented reviewers from discussing many elements in detail. In the coming days, we'll surely learn more not just about how The Last of Us Part 2 is selling, but about what critics and players alike think of it now that the story can be discussed more openly.