Uncharted 3 Ships 3.8m First Day - News

by Miles Taven , posted on 10 November 2011 / 11,114 Views

Following on from its first week sales of 1 million plus sold to consumers, Sony have released a statement revealing Uncharted 3 shipments:

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe today announced Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception™ day one global sales of 3.8 million units. The PlayStation®3 exclusive title – released to universal critical acclaim (Metacritic: 92*) – has smashed sales expectations to become one of the best-selling titles of 2011, putting the third instalment on a clear course to be the biggest selling game in the trilogy.

Nick Caplin Head of Communications at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe commented, “Uncharted 3 is a blockbuster and these incredible sales figures reflect that. Consumers are clearly as eager to play the game as critics were to heap praise upon it, and the team at Naughty Dog deserve this fantastic reception at retail.

“The Uncharted series, exclusive to PlayStation®3, has redefined the third-person adventure genre and is now one of the leading franchises available.”

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think-man (on 10 November 2011)

Vgchartz always under tracks and theirs no doubt in my mind that this game is also under tracked.

chidori-chan2 (on 10 November 2011)

"shipped" lol

RiotX (on 10 November 2011)


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Shinobi-san (on 10 November 2011)

This is really confusing! And who the hell is negging all the sensible comments?

Seihyouken (on 10 November 2011)

The 3.8 million number is shipped. It's simply not possible that Uncharted 3 sold that many copies to consumers in one day. That's Call of Duty level sales and Uncharted, one of my favorite franchises, is nowhere near that. People need to understand that what Sony considers sold and shipped is not what the rest of us consider to be sold or shipped. For us, we consider sold to be sold to consumer and shipped to be sold to retailers. Sony however considers sold to be arrived at retailers and shipped to be en route to retailers or stocked at warehouses. That is the discrepency between what Sony says and what the facts show.

RiotX (on 10 November 2011)

huh? how is that not possible? other game do it.

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BMaker11 (on 10 November 2011)

So Sony says they sold that amount and IGN confirms that the "confusion" was cleared up and it was indeed sold, not shipped.....you still title the article as shipped. Superb

Munkeh111 (on 10 November 2011)

This is rather confusing. At first I just thought it was people making it up, but it is clear that Sony have said this, but I really can't believe that firstly there are 2.8m copies sitting on shelves, and secondly that it is sold to consumers, I just don't believe that many could be sold and it could be 2nd to Battlefield 3's 2nd week in the UK

RiotX (on 11 November 2011)

Im beginning to question VGchartz tracking. If 3.8 million turns out to be true they really dropped the ball.

PRIME69TIME (on 10 November 2011)

It was 3.8 million SOLD Sony confirms link below http://ps3.ign.com/articles/121/1212156p1.html

ghettoglamour (on 10 November 2011)

anyone knows how much they shipped for UC2 1st day?

Noshrunner (on 11 November 2011)

It's shipped. Quote "To verify, the statistic is for how many units were shipped to retailers, it's not how many were actually flogged to you, the gamers."

djnino (on 11 November 2011)

Love it how other sites have the same news but say 4 million "sold" rather "shipped. So who do you believe? Check out sixthaxis's story!!! WTF.

Simulacrum (on 10 November 2011)

Interesting.If Uncharted 3 had preorders around 1m worldwide, you would think it would sell at least another 1m for those customers why buy it at shop and I think that is where large margin of sales would come. So I would had assumed 1 week sales would be 2m and that would make sense on 3,8m shipped to stores, with bundles included.

Cirio (on 10 November 2011)

So according to you people saying that it sold 3.8 million to customers on DAY ONE, Uncharted is as big as Call of Duty on the PS3?

dsage01 (on 10 November 2011)

It looks a bit under tracked but anyways the 3.8 million should be sold by the end of the year.

okr (on 12 November 2011)

It will take some time until the remaining >2 million copies of this 1st shipment sell to customers.

kowenicki (on 11 November 2011)

This is such a mess. All big games ship big numbers 'first day'. They have to. This is just marketing to get some attention leading into the holidays. If the publishers start banging on about how many millions a game has shipped first day it will become very boring. The fact that it may take some games months to sell their first shipments needs to be remembered. I'd expect that this shipment of UC3 will last until the next shipment after the holidays.

spynx (on 11 November 2011)

Part of the VGchartz methodology for sales is hype. In this case, it was compared to games like BF3 & MW3 plus its preorders. They also forgot that traditionally, people go to the shops to buy games(many of sony's fans grew up that way) and this still exists with many individuals and other parts of the globe. It should be clear that most of sony's console sales are outside US. VGChartz could be mistaken in this case and i hope they rectifies the methodology.

klaudkil (on 11 November 2011)

omfg what a bunch of stupid people.. SONY SOLD 3.8 mil units to STORE'S but yea uncharted3 is undertracked noo questions about that.

Troll_Whisperer (on 10 November 2011)

U2 sold 850k FW and 2.1m in 2009. U3 sold 1.2m FW so it may sell around 3.1m in 2011. A 3.8m shipment would ensure enough copies for the holidays and a few extra. VGC numbers seem quite fine IMO.

dark_gh0st_b0y (on 10 November 2011)

it's very hard to believe that it sold 3.8m first day, but if Sony says so...

prckosi (on 10 November 2011)

http://ps3.ign.com/articles/121/1212156p1.html Change your data to 3,8 million sold 1st day not shipped,and i expect 1st week of sales in uc3 data over 4 million,cheers

think-man (on 10 November 2011)

http://au.ps3.ign.com/articles/121/1212156p1.html Its been confirmed by sony that this is units SOLD to customers not shipped.

Aldro (on 10 November 2011)

Undertracked x2

Iveyboi (on 10 November 2011)

It isn't undertracke Ethomaz...it was released between the two biggest releases this gen. 1.1M is still great and the legs will be unreal. Mos tof my friends are getting it before Christmas.

RiotX (on 10 November 2011)


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ZaP~ (on 10 November 2011)

Undertracked or Overshipped? I'm more into the second one

ethomaz (on 10 November 2011)

Both... undertracked and overshipped for Holidays.

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ethomaz (on 10 November 2011)


kivi95 (on 10 November 2011)

Yup think it's a bit undertracked in EMEAA.

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ethomaz (on 10 November 2011)

@kivi95 yeap... seems like 300-500k under in EMEAA... 1.5m first week.

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osamanobama (on 10 November 2011)

logic.... seriously

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kowenicki (on 11 November 2011)

based on?

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Rafux (on 10 November 2011)

Even if is shipped does distribuitors pay Sony upfront or not? Because if they do then of course Sony will say "sold".

Troll_Whisperer (on 10 November 2011)

That IGN article needs to be corrected, seriously.

BHR-3 (on 10 November 2011)

we all know this is shipped not b/c "oh UC would never be able to do those numbers" but b/c thats how sony rolls, there sold means sold to retailers. the problem i and a few others are having is with VGCs 1st week numbers of 1.2M, why would they ship that high amount? where would retailers keep the extra stock, its the holiday time now there are other big games releasing or released that are also taking up stock like BF, MW and skyrim. also UC2 LT sales are 5M sold to costumers hands, you have to remember that other than myself no one knew how big UC2 would be so its acceptable for its 1st week/month sales not to be that huge i find it hard that out of that 5M that only 1M bought UC3 in its first week especially with all the trash taking on the net of PS fans saying UC2 and 3 are the best action/adventure games ever and have the best console graphics to date

RiotX (on 10 November 2011)

they keep it in the same place they keep games like MW3 and battlefield 3. How else do you think those game are able to sell so many games in one day.

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RiotX (on 10 November 2011)

they keep it in the same place they keep games like MW3 and battlefield 3. How else do you think those game are able to sell so many games in one day.

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reviniente (on 10 November 2011)

Well now, if they 'sold' 3.8 mil, how many were shipped? Because if they sold the 3.8 mil they shipped, then there are no copies on shelves.

Rick_UK (on 10 November 2011)

Apparently, Sony confirmed to IGN that those figures are sold not shipped! heres the article: http://uk.ps3.ign.com/articles/121/1212156p1.html

jester2358 (on 10 November 2011)

sony just corrected ign saying it is infact units sold not shipped http://ps3.ign.com/articles/121/1212156p1.html

shanbcn (on 10 November 2011)

They didnt reveal it, but UC2 have shipped 4.9 million till September.

Seece (on 10 November 2011)

Where did you get that from?

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reviniente (on 10 November 2011)

ethomaz, that article is in japanese. I can't make anything of it.

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Kyuu (on 10 November 2011)

oh hey vgchartz "trials: annoying you much? xD think the mistake is on Sony's side though. 3.8 mil don't look possible at all.

DeathPool (on 10 November 2011)

LMAO you can already tell certain individuals here are mad at Uncharted 3 being a massive success.

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ljigga (on 10 November 2011)

Undertracked x3

ElGranCabeza (on 10 November 2011)

I heard Sony shipped a couple of million to the middle of the atlantic ocean

enrageorange (on 10 November 2011)

What does overshipped even mean... Those 3.9mil copies will eventually sell so how did they ship too much. I don't think its overtracked in EMEAA considering battlefield 3 (ps3) beat it in pretty much every single region in PAL charts that they got released in the same week. We don't really get any reliable data for USA until NPD comes out. But this should sell a good chunk of that shipment by the end of the year.

Grandia (on 10 November 2011)

This Game seem to be heavy Overshipped.

Blood_Tears (on 10 November 2011)

Based on what? Maybe the numbers on this site are off.

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