Horizon Forbidden West launch sales have skyrocketed the game to become the PS5’s second best-selling game. Less than a week after launch, Horizon Forbidden West has become the PS5’s second-biggest launch title, just behind Spider-Man: Miles Morales and overtaking FIFA 22 from last year. Horizon Forbidden West also beat out last week’s top sellers in the UK, Pokemon: Arceus and Dying Light 2.
According to gamesindustry.biz, 68% of Horizon Forbidden West’s total physical launch sales were for the PS5 version of the game. The rest, almost a third of all physical sales, was for the PS4. These numbers are likely to change after digital download sales figures are released later in the week.
The game’s release coincided with a restocking of PS5 console stock, which also resulted in an increase in sales for other PS5 titles such as Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. Specifically, Spider-Man: Miles Morales saw a significant 90% increase in sales compared to the previous week.
Horizon Forbidden West Physical Sales Drop From Zero Dawn
While Forbidden West’s launch was quite impressive, physical launch sales were nowhere near the series’ previous title. Horizon Forbidden West saw a 35% drop in physical sales compared to Horizon Zero Dawn. It is important to note, however, that these figures do not account for digital downloads. The continued scarcity of PS5 consoles is likely a contributing factor as well.
In addition, the fact that PS5 sales were almost double the PS4 version may also pose problems for Sony. Last week, a lawyer expressed concerns about the game’s pricing schedule, listing the PS5 version as $70 compared to the PS4’s $60, even though the PS4 version comes with a free upgrade path. The lawyer therefore pointed out that Sony could be accused of misleading marketing, which could lead to a class action lawsuit.
In other news, a streamer recently showed how Activision’s new Ricochet Anti-Cheat software allows players to destroy cheaters in the game without taking damage. A Guerrilla Games director also revealed that Horizon Forbidden West was being delayed to avoid crunch.