Horizon: Zero Dawn Sells an Estimated 1.83 Million Units First Week at Retail

Horizon: Zero Dawn Sells an Estimated 1.83 Million Units First Week at Retail - Sales

by William D'Angelo, posted on 08 April 2017 / 42,417 Views

The open world action RPG from Sony Interactive Entertainment and Guerrilla Games - Horizon: Zero Dawn - sold 1,829,337 units first week at retail on the PlayStation 4, according to our estimates. First week sales can be viewed on the VGChartz Global Weekly Chart for the week ending March 4.


Breaking down the sales by region, the game sold best in Europe with 916,642 units sold (50%), compared to 477,505 units sold in the US (26%) and 120,566 units in Japan. Looking more closely at Europe, the game sold an estimated 166,952 units in the UK, 164,964 units in Germany, and 136,356 units in France.

Horizon: Zero Dawn released for the PlayStation 4 in North America on February 28, in Europe on March 1 and in Japan om March 2.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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24 Comments

monocle_layton (on 08 April 2017)

Well deserved! Congrats to the devs for an amazing game


Miguel_Zorro (on 08 April 2017)

Most week one sales are on the first day. So the numbers make sense.


fluky-nintendy (on 08 April 2017)

What a beast. Huge legs on the Horizon it seems too


vizigoth (on 08 April 2017)

I'm betting minimum 600k second week.


John2290 (on 08 April 2017)

Wow. Nice.


Mr.GameCrazy (on 08 April 2017)

Congrats to Horizon Zero Dawn! Can't wait to play it after I finish playing Killzone Shadowfall. After that, I'll be playing Persona 5.


shikamaru317 (on 08 April 2017)

Seems overtracked to me. Sony said it sold 2.6m including digital, in the first 2 weeks. Don't see how it could have sold 1.8m physical in the first week, that leaves very little room for 1st and 2nd week digital sales and 2nd week physical sales. 1st and 2nd week digital and 2nd week physical is surely more than 800k. Digital supposedly accounts for 20-30% of console sales nowadays.


barneystinson69 (on 08 April 2017)

Why is this disliked? The analysis does make sense.


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shikamaru317 (on 08 April 2017)

They probably think I have it in for Horizon. What they don't know is that I love the game and have a platinum trophy for it, lol. We have actual, official numbers from Sony, VGC overtracking the first week isn't going to somehow change the official numbers. In fact, I'd say that overtracking the first week does the game a disservice, because it's going to make the 2nd week legs seem poor, unless VGC overtracks the 2nd week as well.


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Miguel_Zorro (on 08 April 2017)

Many games sell dramatically more in week one compared to week two. Everybody is picking up pre-orders on day one.


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Zekkyou (on 08 April 2017)

If it is over-tracked, by how much is probably mostly dependent on digital. If digital is 20% and it has a second week drop of 75% (fairly normal), VGC's first week would put it at 2.74 million after 2 weeks. That's within their margin of error, but i guess we'll have to wait and see.


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mountaindewslave (on 08 April 2017)

the numbers are strange, VGChartz estimate is probably off a bit as that would be a gigantic second week drop considering we have Sony's confirmed two week numbers including digital


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Normchacho (on 09 April 2017)

Remember that it sold 2.6 million in just under 2 weeks. It was 13 days of NA sales, and 12 days of Asian and European sales.

So the 2 week total is likely to be closer to 2.7-2.75 million I would imagine.


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WagnerPaiva (on 08 April 2017)

Will not be surprised if it reaches 10 million in the long run


TallSilhouette (on 08 April 2017)

feelsgoodman


BraLoD (on 09 April 2017)

Sounds a bit too much, compared with what Sony said it sold overall on two weeks. Anyway, I'm about to beat it, probably platinum it as well, and the game is amazing, didn't ever care for Guerilla before, but I'll be definitely looking foward their next games from now on.


estebxx (on 09 April 2017)

Same for me, i know ND has a proven track record of quality (unlike GG), but honestly after this game im gonna be WAY MORE excited for their next game that i am for the next ND game, (and yeah thats counting TLOU Part II).


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Mnementh (on 08 April 2017)

Wow, europe has bought this game strongly. This is strange, usually the US is the stronger region, in this case europe not only beats it but doubles the american number. Impressive.


Ljink96 (on 08 April 2017)

Europe loves that PlayStation though.


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Dreamcaster (on 08 April 2017)

Actually for most PS4 games, Europe is ahead of the US in sales. Plus, Zelda probably had a bigger impact on US sales than EU.


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Dyllyo (on 08 April 2017)

It's true. Europe likes PS more. Americans seem to prefer Xbox. Plus, you know, having a female lead REALLY turns Americans off XD


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mjk45 (on 08 April 2017)

if you go back through the charts 3rd person action games are more popular in europe and racing games even more so, the opposite is true when it comes to fps and rpg's especially jrpg's, now there are exceptions but overall it holds out.


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antigin (on 09 April 2017)

Maybe Champions League's QF matches advertisement force it a bit. Barca-PSG famous game got it also.


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StreaK (on 09 April 2017)

Yepp it's true even based on the Amazon sales. UK, Germany - big regions like that the game outsold Zelda big time. In Canada and US Zelda was way above Horizon. Overall, Horizon is on TOP!!


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Fuchigole (on 08 April 2017)

Those are some great numbers!


binary solo (on 08 April 2017)

Fantastic if true. Means 2 million including digital most likely.


StreaK (on 09 April 2017)

2.6 total already confirmed by sony and devs!!! It's a BEAST!!!!


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hush404 (on 08 April 2017)

Such a lovely game. I hope tons of people get the pleasure of playing it.


TheTruthHurts! (on 09 April 2017)

Well deserved! Such an amazing game. For me it is the best game on the PS4 this generation thus far.


KLAMarine (on 09 April 2017)

Better than Bloodborne?


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estebxx (on 09 April 2017)

@KLAMarine

In many ways yeah i can see it being better than Bloodborne, (and i say this as someone who beated Bloodborne 9 times and BB is my current "Best game for PS4 so far" though i can see that changing once i beat Horizon).

They are indeed hard to compare, Horizon is a game i dont see myself playing more than 2 times, but thats not because it isnt as fun as BB but rather because i dont need to start another Playthrough to fight the coolest machines/enemies in the game, i can just explore the world and find more Thunderjaws / Stormbirds etc.and have amazing fights with them, the same can not be said about BB where if i wanna fight Lady Maria, Gascoigne or Gherman i need to start a new playthrough and play all the way through just to fight them again.

BB is a linear game, with memorable boss fights, a story and lore left for interpretation, completely focused on the atmosphere and combat/gameplay, while Horizon is a huge open world game thats incredibly interesting and FUN to explore, with tons of (great) side content, great atmosphere too and all of this without compromising its gameplay, in fact its gameplay is just as great and enjoyable as BB, (which i never expected but yeah... its TRUE).

In the end by design they are very different games and it is hard to compare them, but i can indeed say that (even though i havent beaten Horizon) i can see already that its on BB level of quality and fun.

And if you are someone who just wants great gameplay with an awesome atmosphere (which is what BB offers), then Horizon gives you those same things plus much more and thats why i can see it being better, but since they are so different by design, the one you like the most will come down to personal preference.


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estebxx (on 09 April 2017)

In the end i think both are gonna be my favorite PS4 games because they are so diffferent its gonna be hard for me to pick one above the other.


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KLAMarine (on 09 April 2017)

Thanks estebxx! Very informative posts!


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estebxx (on 09 April 2017)

You're welcome, its always enjoyable to write about games that i like.


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sabastian (on 09 April 2017)

Amazing game. My GOTY so far. Cant wait to see what the next Killzone will look like with an open world feel.


miedek (on 09 April 2017)

I would get this if i had a PS4, but i'm an xbot so i'm busy playing scalebound... ... Ohhh...


Oneeee-Chan!!! (on 09 April 2017)

Rebirth of Guerrilla Games.


KazumaKiryu (on 09 April 2017)

After Persona 5 and Yakuza Zero the best game this year for me :)


Random_Matt (on 09 April 2017)

US don't like RPG's then.


miedek (on 09 April 2017)

I would get this if i had a PS4, but i'm an xbot so i'm busy playing scalebound... ... Ohhh...


Kerotan (on 08 April 2017)

What an absolute beast. It paid not to take the safe option and make another killzone!


Areym (on 08 April 2017)

Still, it's a brand new IP against Zelda, a juggernaut.


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Kerotan (on 09 April 2017)

I didn't want to mention that game but yes it's sold so much more then it WW it's crazy. Providing it gets the assistance of bundling this holiday like Uncharted 4 did, it should sell 10m+ over the next couple of years. #BEAST


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Qwark (on 09 April 2017)

You have to admit it would be fantastic to see Nintendo fans eat all that crow if Horizon does outsell BOTW lifetime. They would probably cry about installbase but if Horizon manages to sell 10 million units sold it would be quite the achievement and a tall order for Zelda which typically sells around 8 million units.


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KLAMarine (on 09 April 2017)

"You have to admit it would be fantastic to see Nintendo fans eat all that crow if Horizon does outsell BOTW lifetime."

Who in particular, Qwark?

"They would probably cry about install base"

Is that an invalid point to bring up?


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Dyllyo (on 08 April 2017)

Whoa. It really did beat BotW's combined sales numbers. Crazy. It's nice to see a new IP make it every once in a while.


Ljink96 (on 08 April 2017)

Well...considering the install base of the Switch and Wii U vs. PS4 I'd be surprised if it didn't surpass it. And I'm pretty sure Horizon is based on 1 week, being released on Feb. 28th vs. Zelda's March 3rd.


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hush404 (on 08 April 2017)

Horizon did launch on a system with 56 million install where as BotW did so on a new system and an old that had ~13mill.


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oniyide (on 08 April 2017)

I love how his comment was voted down (sarcasm)


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siebensus4 (on 09 April 2017)

Actually the Switch and Wii U verison were completely sold out everywhere the first week, while Horizon had no stock problems. Horizon had 2 more days to sell and a far bigger user base. We will see in the long run which game sells better ;-)


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Normchacho (on 09 April 2017)

Siebensus4: mmmmmnnnooo they weren't...


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StreaK (on 09 April 2017)

Hell yeahhh Horizon rocks!!!! Also, the sales of a console have nothing to do with it. for either game, no matter what, the fans will or will not be getting it no matter what. Whether the PS4 had 56 million or 15 million, the sales would not be affected much. On a 56 million selling console, Uncharted 4 only has 8 million sold. GTAV has 15 million. Horizon is doing well and beyond and showing everyone what kind of fan power a new IP can provide.
Let's face it...no Zelda has ever surpassed 10 million sold. Not even 9 million. The Last of Us has sold over 10. No matter what game it is, it's all about the fans in the end....they decide and will always be there if the game is truly excellent and delivers. :)


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KLAMarine (on 09 April 2017)

"the sales of a console have *nothing* to do with it."

"Whether the PS4 had 56 million or 15 million, *the sales would not be affected much*."

I'm getting mixed signals here... Help me out StreaK.


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Wiibaron (on 08 April 2017)

Or only 3% of PS4 owners...


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monocle_layton (on 08 April 2017)

3% more than what 99% of games will ever achieve. No need to be so pessimistic.


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Qwark (on 09 April 2017)

By that logic every game sells like crap on PS even.Uncharted 4


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miedek (on 09 April 2017)

this must be a nintendo guy


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