Uncharted Franchise Tops 41.7 Million Units Sold

Uncharted Franchise Tops 41.7 Million Units Sold - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 10 December 2017 / 6,097 Views

The Uncharted franchise has sold more than 41.7 million units worldwide, revealed Sony during the 10th anniversary panel for the series. 

 

The Uncharted games have sold over 36 million units at retail, according to VGChartz. That would mean around 4.1 million of the sales were digital.

Thanks ResetEra.


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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14 Comments

Dyllyo (on 10 December 2017)

10 million alone from Uncharted 4. Crazy


Gamer147 (on 10 December 2017)

Wow. Super impressive.


Sixteenvolt420 (on 10 December 2017)

Awesome news. Much love for all of the Uncharted games.


S.Peelman (on 10 December 2017)

The bundle-excuse is nothing more than an excuse. Even if a lot of it's sales are from bundles, then people still picked the Uncharted bundle because apparently they wanted to play Uncharted instead of something else. It's never the only bundle out there. 41m sales from just 4 games (mostly, the Vita game obviously has only had a small hand in the total) is nothing short of excellent.


JWeinCom (on 10 December 2017)

I owned 3 of the Uncharted games. I had no interest in buying 3 or 4, but they came with the system. With 3, I believe it was either that or a Lego game. With 4, I think that was my only option.

It seems weird that I should have to say this, but having a game being offered essentially for free, even if there are 2-3 other free game options available, is going to provide a significant boost to sales. If you look at the charts of Uncharted games and compare them to games with similar FW sales, you can pretty clearly see the effect of bundling.

It's not an excuse, it's an explanation. Bundles definitely helped sales.


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CGI-Quality (on 10 December 2017)

I don't think bundling is an excuse, but if we're going to judge sales and mention bundles, it should happen universally. Plenty of Nintendo and Xbox games are bundled, as well (I didn't care for Wii Sports, for example, when I bought a Wii for Smash Bros Brawl). Doesn't matter. A sale is a sale.


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Azzanation (on 10 December 2017)

During Xmas time, there were 3 PS4 bundles that included 3 big games. All of those bundles included UC4. So there wasnt much choice for many. The PS4 is carrying alot of games to mile stones. Before those bundles UC4 was sitting on 4m. All of a sudden that figure doubled during Xmas and PS4 consoles doubled aswell. Convenient isnt it.


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CGI-Quality (on 10 December 2017)

Before the bundles, Uncharted 4 was at 4m? Source?


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StreaK (on 10 December 2017)

Well said, buddy!!! Truer words have never been spoken! Thumbs up to you!


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JWeinCom (on 10 December 2017)

The source is this website. Check the game comparison tool, and put in Uncharted 4. There is a huge spike at holiday 16. It goes from the 4 million range (closer to 5 million) to around 8 million.

Of course, holidays usually lead to a boost of sales for major releases. But, when you compare to GTA V, a game that had a very similar baseline (and was not to my knowledge bundled in 2016), the holiday boost is nearly double what GTA V got. And after the holiday period, the baseline for Uncharted 4 quickly dropped below the baseline for GTA V. The bundles clearly had a large impact on sales.

If our goal is to just determine which number is bigger, than sure. A sale is a sale. If we want to actually that data to draw any reasonable conclusions (such as predicting future sales trends, determining the relative success or importance of various franchises etc) then details like a game being packed in with a system is very significant.


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CGI-Quality (on 10 December 2017)

While I respect that our tools continue to improve, they aren't the end all, be all for matter of fact comparisons.

Regardless, I don't dispute that last paragraph. However, it doesn't contribute to my point. Bringing up bundles should be done universally, not when it's convenient to point at a specific IP. Big games, especially exclusive ones, get bundled. It's happened since the very start of home console gaming. No need for the redundancy and certainly not in the way that it was initially used in here.


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Liquid_faction (on 10 December 2017)

This is obviously Fake News, EA said it themselves that no one likes Single player games.


ROCKY223 (on 10 December 2017)

Good for sony


Johnw1104 (on 10 December 2017)

Quite cool. I know they had that spinoff recently, but is there any word on who will helm future installments without Nathan Drake?


Mr_No (on 10 December 2017)

Excellent! It's amazing to see how far the Uncharted series has gotten. And I'm not mentioning the two GOTYs the franchise has.


LivingMetal (on 11 December 2017)

This just goes to show that it's not just about the franchise, but the developers. ND went from Crash to Jak & Daxter to now Uncharted. This is what happens when you invest in a studio and give it creative freedom.


Sprash (on 10 December 2017)

Awesome news about a franchise selling really good...looks at comments... is that supposed to be impressive...well bundles.


StreaK (on 10 December 2017)

Hey, 5 games with sales like this??? And even more impressive, it is a single player story-driven game and those don't sell like something more gamey and less story driven. GOOD STUFF!!!


UltimateGamer1982 (on 10 December 2017)

Video games. It brings out the worst in ppl.


UltimateGamer1982 (on 10 December 2017)

On topic: Very good sales. I doubt uncharted 4 is truly the last we'll see of Nathan with sales like that.


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Mr Puggsly (on 10 December 2017)

I'm in the mood for some down votes. This is one of Sony's most heavily bundled IPs. Peace out!


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CGI-Quality (on 10 December 2017)

Yeah, probably best not to turn this sour.


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DialgaMarine (on 10 December 2017)

Bundles count as sales. #dealwithit


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Errorist76 (on 10 December 2017)

So what you're saying is Forza didn't sell on retail AT ALL?!


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Johnw1104 (on 10 December 2017)

I'll join you in your downvote quest... the entire Uncharted franchise has still sold only roughly half of what Wii Sports did (83 million)... I love the Wii Sports stat as it just seem so unfair haha


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cmay227 (on 10 December 2017)

Is that supposed to be impressive?


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think-man (on 10 December 2017)

Yes, yes it is.


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Flilix (on 10 December 2017)

With only 5 games, 41 million is indeed pretty impressive.


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Errorist76 (on 10 December 2017)

Cmay227 I assume you count the remasters for Uncharted, but refuse to count them for Halo, right.
Please take a look at U4 sales against Halo5 and think again about what you said.


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Flilix (on 10 December 2017)

Okay, Halo's sales are more impressive. And some other series, like Pokémon and GTA, sell even better. However, that doesn't change anything about the impressive-ness of Uncharted.


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CGI-Quality (on 10 December 2017)

The Trolling was bad enough. Calling people "einstein" is a form of Flaming. This is your one and only Warning to drop it.


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CGI-Quality (on 10 December 2017)

The issue isn't about praise/non-praise. You didn't have any reasonable need to bring up Halo how you did (although this wasn't that serious) and calling people names is obviously Flaming. So get a grip and quit acting like that.


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LivingMetal (on 11 December 2017)

cmay227, no one is asking you to have a Pro PS view. But if you had a pro gaming view, you would have appreciated the franchise and let the numbers be as they are.


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