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Sony Seriously Underestimated Popularity of PS4’s Ghost of Tsushima

Worldwide stock shortages suggest Sony misjudged just how popular Sucker Punch's PS4 exclusive Ghost of Tsushima would be among fans.

  • Ghost of Tsushima has sold out at several retailers in Japan, prompting Sony to ramp up production.
  • Similar stock shortages are noted at Amazon in the US and Canada.
  • Unofficial estimates suggest the game sold 2 million copies in the first three days after release.

If you’re struggling to get your hands on a physical copy of Sucker Punch’s newly-released Ghost of Tsushima, there’s a very good explanation: stock shortages suggest Sony misjudged just how popular the open-world samurai epic would be among fans.

In a tweet posted on the official Japanese PlayStation account, Sony explains that Ghost of Tsushima has exceeded sales expectations leading to stock shortages at several retailers in the country.

The gaming giant says that it is ramping up production to respond to heightened demand and recommends fans consider purchasing the game digitally via the PlayStation Store.

Ghost of Tsushima has exceeded Sony’s sales expectations. | Source: Twitter

The tweet reads:

Ghost of Tsushima has been received far better than we expected and has consequently sold out in some stores. Additional production is currently underway, but the download version is also available on the PS Store.

Ghost of Tsushima Sold Out On Amazon US, Canada

In other parts of the world, a similar situation has emerged. Amazon US and Amazon Canada have both sold out of copies of Ghost of Tsushima.

Amazon US advises buyers may have to wait between one to four weeks to receive a copy. Amazon Canada features a similar message, although the estimated delivery is one to two months. In a Resetera thread discussing the stock shortages, users report similar stock shortages at local video game retailers across the US.

Fans in the US and Canada are in for a long wait. | Source: Amazon Canada

Across the pond in the UK, Amazon stock levels are dangerously low, with only a dozen copies remaining as of writing.

Sony has yet to publish official sales figures, but PSN API aggregator site Gamstat estimates Ghost of Tsushima sold 2 million copies in the first three days after release. If these figures are correct, this positions the game as one of PlayStation’s fastest-selling new IPs.

Last modified: September 23, 2020 2:08 PM

Thomas Bardwell

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