Alongside sharing news that the PlayStation 5 has now sold 10 million units, making it the fastest-selling console out of Sony ever, the company also issued updates on purchasing figures for many big titles native to the hardware. Courtesy of an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, we now know Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales has sold 6.5 million copies, last month’s Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart has already topped 1.1 million sales, and MLB The Show 21 currently sits on two million units distributed to buyers. Returnal, meanwhile, has 560,000 copies to its name.
Speaking to the aforementioned site, Jim Ryan says engagement with the PS5 platform is the highest the firm has ever seen, no matter which way you look at it. “Whether it’s the number of people measured by a metric such as MAU [Monthly Active Users], or whether it’s the time that these people spend playing games. Both of these metrics are showing very significant double-digit growth compared to the launch window of PS4, the previous high-water mark.”
Ryan says Sony was confident these statistics would beat the highs of the PS4 generation, but even it is a bit taken aback by the reality. “But fair to say that the engagement has surprised us, in a very pleasant way.”
The CEO then moves on to discussing different financial strategies and experimenting with different markets, such as Xbox Game Pass. The latest iteration is the fastest-selling instalment in the sports franchise, and Ryan believes that’s because it’s a fantastic title on its own. “It’s always interesting to experiment with new models but the core reason that MLB: The Show has done so very well is that it’s a really great game that is now the fastest-selling title in the franchise’s history. Our San Diego studio just gets better and better with each annual iteration, we’re ever so proud of this team. I just wish I could understand the sport…”