God of War Ragnarok sold five million copies in its launch week

By Lee Brady,

God of War Ragnarok has sold over five million copies across PS4 and PS5 in its first week of sale, quickly becoming Sony's fast-selling first-party launch title — a tremendous success for Santa Monica Studio.

God of War Ragnarok is the fastest-selling first-party PlayStation game to be released, with Santa Monica Studio selling 5.1 million copies of the game across PS5 and PS4 in its first week of sale. Between the bonkers Ragnarok ads, the persistent reminders, and the fact that the title is critically one of the best PS5 games, Sony has already found tremendous success with God of War Ragnarok.

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The PlayStation Twitter account announced Ragnarok's success, congratulating Santa Monica for a job well done. To be the fastest-selling first-party title, that means Ragnarok outstripped the first week's performance of titles like The Last of Us Part 2, Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Marvel's Spider-Man, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, God of War 2018 — becoming the fastest selling game in the series so far.

With the relative scarcity and sudden availability of PS5 stock in time for Ragnarok's launch, plus with Ragnarok being a pack-in title for the PS5, we're not too surprised that the title was able to succeed so quickly. That's not to say the game would not have found a large audience without selling along with the PS5 — it just might not have sold quite so blisteringly fast. Still, Sony will be thrilled that its gamble to up production on PS5s in time to cash in on God of War Ragnarok's release seems to have paid off.

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Seems Sony was right to bank on God of War Ragnarok to help push its console after all. Let us know if you have any thoughts on any of the above, what you think this means for the future of God of War, and debate with us a little as we ask: is God of War 2018 more worthy of a spot on the best PS4 list than Rangarok?
Lee Brady
Written by Lee Brady
Lee is a Staff Writer specialising in all things PlayStation. He loves talking about classic PS1 and PS2 games on PS Plus, picking apart the game design of new PlayStation Studios releases, and trying to explain his love for Sonic, Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts. He can also speak Japanese — albiet poorly.