The Last of Us Part 1 sales surge after TV show premiere

The Last of Us Part 1 might not have had the best debut but the premiere of the TV show has had a significant impact on sales.


The release of The Last of Us Part 1 last year was presumed to tie into the premiere of HBO's The Last of Us. Unfortunately, nearly half a year separated their debuts. Despite the disparity, the remake of the 2013 award-winning narrative-driven title still benefitted from the launch of its live-action adaptation on HBO and HBO Max.

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Controversial as it is, The Last of Us Part 1 remains a must play if you own a PS5.

According to GamesIndustry, the PS5-exclusive re-release, which didn't sell too well when it came out last year, shot up the sales charts in the United Kingdom by as much as 238%.

It wasn't enough to dethrone Fire Emblem Engage, a new Switch exclusive, but joining the Top 20 months after is a big deal. Also, the sales are likely even higher when you take into account digital copies. Nintendo exclusives traditionally sell more boxed copies while the sales of PlayStation and Xbox exclusives usually skew toward the digital side of things.

In total, The Last of Us Part 1 sales jumped by more than 200% on the PlayStation 5 while The Last of Us: Remastered (the PS4 re-release) saw increased sales of more than 300%.

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The Last of Us Part 1 will be available on the PC on March 3.

It shouldn't be too surprising for The Last of Us: Remastered, a game included in the PS Plus Collection, and The Last of Us Part 1, to sell better due to the TV show. HBO's The Last of Us enjoyed a record-setting premiere and an even better follow-up episode.

We wouldn't be shocked if The Last of Us Part II, one of the most GOTY'ed games of all time, and The Last of Us Part 1 on the PC, see a spike in sales as well as soon as the series is finished with its nine-episode run.


Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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