The Last of Us Part 1, a modern remake of the critically acclaimed 2013 PlayStation 3 game, has seen a huge spike in sales following the release of the HBO series of the same name. The game, developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony, has seen a huge resurgence in popularity, with the sales of The Last of Us Part 1 more than doubling in the past week.
HBO’s The Last of Us series debuted on January 15th this year and follows the story of Joel and Ellie as they try to survive in a post-apocalyptic America. Featuring fan-favorite actors such as Bella Ramsey and Pedro Pascal in the main roles, the series has so far been praised for its strong writing, acting, and visuals, and has been a hit with fans of the game. With the series now airing, many nostalgic viewers have gone back to the game to relive the story of Joel and Ellie.
According to GamesIndustry.biz, the boxed copies of The Last of Us Part 1 have seen a 238% increase in week-on-week sales in the United Kingdom. The Last of Us: Remastered on PlayStation 4 has also seen a 322% boost in sales in the UK.
The games are also enjoying a similar amount of success In the United States, as Amazon’s top two best-selling PlayStation 4 games are The Last of Us Part 2 and The Last of Us: Remastered, managing to outperform many other highly-successful games such as FIFA 23 or even God of War Ragnarok.
The Last of Us has been praised for its gripping story, intense action, and emotional moments. It has won numerous awards, including multiple Game of the Year awards, and is widely considered to be one of the best games of the last decade. With the HBO series now airing, more people are discovering the game, and it looks like The Last of Us’ award-winning narrative is set to become even more popular.
HBO’s The Last of Us series is expected to have nine episodes and is shaping up to be one of the most acclaimed video game adaptations of all time, which will hopefully open the door in the future for other similar projects. After all, it’s refreshing to see a video game adaptation that is treated with care and respect for the original source material.
The Last of Us Part 1 is currently available on PlayStation 5, with a PC version scheduled to release on March 3, 2023.