Action-adventure game The Last of Us Part II sold more than 4 million copies during its opening weekend, June 19-21, according to a blog post from developer Naughty Dog.
That’s enough to make the Neil Druckmann-directed game, a sequel to the 2013 original, the fastest-selling first-party title on the PlayStation 4, topping previous record-holder Marvel’s Spider-Man.
In the post announcing the sales figures, Druckmann expressed his thanks to all the game’s players and fans. “We set out to tell a new kind of story, one that deals with difficult themes and would challenge you in unexpected ways,” he wrote. “Hearing how the experience has resonated with so many of you and witnessing the type of thoughtful discussions it has sparked has been so incredible.”
The survival game, set in a post-apocalyptic United States ravaged by a Cordyceps fungus that transforms people into infected threats to humanity, continues the journey of young Ellie (Ashley Johnson) and her mentor and father-like figure Joel (Troy Baker), who were introduced in the first installment. The sequel sees Ellie suffer immense personal tragedy and resolve to seek vengeance on those who wronged her.
Throughout the experience, users have the opportunity to play as different characters and learn their backstories through flashbacks that revisit events that took place years earlier.