Helldivers 2 Becomes Fastest Selling PlayStation Title as PS5 Sales Hit 59.2 Million Units


The PlayStation parent said in its earnings call on Tuesday that Helldivers 2 “far exceeded expectations” at Sony, selling 12 million units in the first 12 weeks after release. The live service shooter is now PlayStation's fastest-selling title ever, surpassing the record set by God of War Ragnarok in the same period following its November 2022 launch. Sony also revealed that PS5 cumulative unit sales reached 59.2 million in fiscal year 2023 after the company sold 20.8 million PS5 units.

Sony said that Helldivers 2's sales numbers include copies sold on both PlayStation 5 and PC. Arrowhead Games Studios' online co-op shooter became a surprise hit when it launched on February 8 on both PS5 and PC. In its earnings call, the Japanese electronics giant confirmed that Helldivers 2 had sold 12 million copies by May 5, 2024, becoming the most successful PlayStation game launch ever. The record was previously held by Santa Monica Studio's God of War Ragnarok, which sold 11 million copies in the first 10 weeks after release.

PS5 unit sales reached a record 20.8 million in fiscal 2023, ending March 31, 2024, just short of Sony's revised target of 21 million for the year. The PS5 has sold 59.2 million units since its launch in November 2020, trailing the PS4's 60 million units sold in the same period after release. However, the PlayStation parent expects PS5 sales to decline, with the console projected to sell around 18 million units in fiscal 2024.

In light of the success of Helldivers 2, the company said it is looking forward to the launch of live service titles such as Destiny 2: The Final Shape and Concord in 2024. Sony also reiterated that it expects PS5 sales to gradually decline as the console debuts. The second part of its life cycle. The number of active PlayStation Network (PSN) users also declined to 118 million in the fourth quarter of 2023, from 123 million at the end of the third quarter. However, the number of PS Plus subscribers increased from 46.4 million to 47.4 million at the end of the third quarter.

Helldivers 2 has become a phenomenon since its simultaneous launch on PS5 and PC. The live service title remains one of the most played games on Steam months after launch, with developer Arrowhead Game Studios regularly releasing new content and updates. However, there have been some obstacles standing in the way of the game's success. Just last week, Sony backtracked on its decision making it mandatory for PC players to link their PSN account to Steam in order to continue playing games. Sony's reversal came after widespread protest from players who left negative reviews of Helldivers 2 on Steam to express their displeasure.

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