Killzone 2 fastest moving title for Sony, has sold 500,000 units

Thursday, 9th April 2009 19:43 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Killzone 2 has sold 500,000 units, making it the fastest selling first-party title for PS3.

That’s a record according to SCEA’s VP of marketing, Scott Steinberg.

Saying that Sony is “extremely happy with the results,” the exec revealed that Killzone 2 was the highest-selling SCEA PS3 title for the first 30 days out of launch.

Full thing over on Game Daily.




    I ain’t knocking this game or whatever, but that’s pretty underwhelming compared to how I thought it would do…

    It’s supposed to have had a million pre-orders in Europe, so why the relatively slow sales in the US??

    #1 6 years ago
  2. theevilaires

    sony did a bad job marketing

    #2 6 years ago
  3. reask

    theevilaires said:
    sony did a bad job marketing

    Excuse Excuses. ;)

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Gekidami

    Sony did an even worst job in Europe, wonder what the sales here are like…

    #4 6 years ago
  5. reask

    Gekidami said:
    Sony did an even worst job in Europe, wonder what the sales here are like…

    What do you mean, I saw billboards everywhere advertising it.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Gekidami

    I’ve never seen a single KZ2 ad (TV, billboard, poster…) other then on internet, i think SCEE put all their money in the UK and forgot Central Europe.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. FeaturePreacher

    They should have used the ballet of death commercial or perhaps had vehicles in multiplayer. Maybe allow custom configuration for the controller instead of being stubborn and not. Or perhaps the ps3 is an overpriced, underwhelming console.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. lelik

    Honestly i’m upset that it didn’t sell over a million. I do wish xbox fanboys would stfu up about it though. We all know you’re jealous and you all know your system peaked.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. reask

    @ gek
    Yes I live in Ireland and it was well advertised here.
    Still is in fact.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. reask

    @ lelik
    LMAO :D

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Cort

    Er, isn’t this supposed to be “fastest to 500k” not “has sold 500k”? That’s how it’s being reported elsewhere.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Gamoc

    It means ‘has sold 500k SO FAR’, Cort.

    It was pretty well advertised, I saw a couple of ads on TV. I got it on launch and haven’t traded it in, that’s how damn good it is.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Cort

    But others should note this is US only…..

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Cort


    “It means ‘has sold 500k SO FAR’, Cort.”

    What does? If you mean this article, I know it does. My point was that it’s wrong. Here are Steinbergs own words:

    “Killzone 2 has been the fastest SCEA PS3 title to break the 500,000 unit mark and it’s also the highest selling SCEA PS3 title for the first 30 days out of launch,” detailed Steinberg. “So far, we are extremely happy with the results.”

    That’s the only reference made to 500k by Steinberg. It’s not a “500k so far” statement at all but “fastest to 500k”.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Hunam

    Isn’t US still heavily 360 where Europe is more an even split?

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Seraphemz

    @ GAMOC
    Yeah… it means FASTEST to 500k. Not total.

    From the actually article ( they might need to re-word it here)

    ” Killzone 2 has become the fastest first-party PS3 title to reach 500K unit sales, SCEA tells us. If Sony can continue to produce big hits like this, PS3′s business should see some uptick”

    I see commercials for it everyday, but I watch Spike and G4…where i think the target market is.

    #16 6 years ago
  17. Cort


    I think there are nearly twice as many 360s in the US as there are PS3s, whereas in Europe they are pretty evenly matched – probably a lead of a few 100k for the MS console. (360 has a bigger lead over the PS3 in the UK than in the rest of Europe though, so possible that the Sony console is ahead on the continent.)

    #17 6 years ago
  18. Cort

    Typical of the internet. Now the gaming sites and boards are full of “FAIL! It’s only managed 500k in six weeks!” comments.

    It probably did 500k at the end of it’s second full week. I’m guessing of course.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Seraphemz

    Cort – people are idiots. Common sense isn’t so common
    Cant they can see that he said ” FASTEST to 500k ” not total…

    I mean look at gamoc.. he didnt even get it, everyone is just quick to talk smack about a PS3 exclusive because 360 doenst have any.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. Seraphemz

    Steph – you dont think that you need to re-word your article a little so people dont get the impression its only sold 500k ??

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Gamoc

    You know, my previous comment made sense in my head before I posted it. Now it just looks stupid.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. Seraphemz

    LOL… at least you admit it…

    Its really not your fault Gamoc, the way that Steph worded it…

    ( also.. theres a cool thing called “edit” check it out… its

    #22 6 years ago
  23. Cort


    We’ve all been there, dude. :0)

    #23 6 years ago
  24. Psychotext

    We’ll know in a week or so what it did total in the US. NPD results are released soon.

    #24 6 years ago
  25. Johnny Cullen

    I still see it advertised on C4 :S

    #25 6 years ago
  26. Cort


    @Psychotext, I’m going to guess 750-800k so far in the US (6 weeks).

    #26 6 years ago
  27. Seraphemz

    Yeah i been looking at other sites, and they all have it wrong, and exactly what you said Cort, people are writing “fail” …

    #27 6 years ago
  28. Seraphemz

    Cort – if it was the fastest to 500k, sold 300k in the first two days.. its got to be at a million already.

    #28 6 years ago
  29. Cort

    I’m not so certain. It certainly did good numbers in its first couple or three weeks, clearly, but I reckon it would have tailed off quickly in the US. The PS3 demographic is less shooter-oriented in the US than everywhere else, not that it is particularly so in any other region.

    #29 6 years ago
  30. Psychotext

    I can’t remember exactly, but I reckoned it would be at around 800k by the end of March’s sales.

    So 300k in Feb (2 days) and 500k in March.

    #30 6 years ago
  31. The Benny

    If it was a million already then SCEA probably would have mentioned that in the interview, being another milestone figure. Back in February I predicted a fairly safe (and broad) 600-800k, which still seems on track.

    #31 6 years ago
  32. Seraphemz

    PT – its didnt sell only 500k in March. We dont know how much yet.

    #32 6 years ago
  33. Seraphemz

    STEPHANY – you dont feel the need to re-word the article?

    #33 6 years ago
  34. Cort

    Oh well, at least the correction is featured heavily in the comments for future readers to see.

    #34 6 years ago
  35. Psychotext

    @Seraphemz – My number is a prediction.

    On the topic in general, I do notice that in the PR they specifically say:

    “Killzone 2 has been the fastest SCEA PS3 title to break the 500,000 unit mark and it’s also the highest selling SCEA PS3 title for the first 30 days out of launch,” detailed Steinberg.

    What other big SCEA titles might it have beaten?

    #35 6 years ago
  36. Cort

    “What other big SCEA titles might it have beaten?”

    All of them! ;o)

    #36 6 years ago
  37. Psychotext


    I was thinking more specific… as I don’t have a clue which group is responsible for which game (SCEA, SCEI, SCEE for instance).

    #37 6 years ago
  38. The Benny

    I had a look the other day and I think it must be Resistance 2 as the previous record-holder. 385,000 in its first month (24 days of sales), 213,000 in the second. I couldn’t find another SCEA game that sold as well either in its first month or in the first and second combined.

    There were a lot that dropped out of the top ten quickly though, so it isn’t easy to get full figures for them.

    #38 6 years ago
  39. Gekidami

    Every Sony game is a SCEA game in the US because they publish them all, just like SCEE publish every Sony-owned IP in Europe, in otherwords its the fastest selling first party PS3 game in the US no matter where it was made.

    #39 6 years ago
  40. Psychotext

    That’s interesting. Didn’t know it worked that way.

    So obviously it’s beaten the previous biggest Sony games of GT5:P / Resistance 2 / LBP. We’ll have to wait for NPD numbers to see how it did against non Sony published games like MGS4, COD and GTAIV.

    #40 6 years ago
  41. Cort

    Is that really the case Gekidami? Konami published MGS4 for example, surely? And if all PS3 games in the US are published by SCEA, why did he feel the need to say “SCEA” if not to refer to a dichotomy?

    EDIT: Ignore me; just properly picked up on “Sony-owned IP”. If it did beat GT5P, that’s great news.

    #41 6 years ago
  42. Psychotext

    Just for the hell of it (yeah, I’m that bored)… here’s the best first month numbers for PS3 games so far:

    GTA IV – 1000k (5 days of sales)
    MGS4 – 775k (24 days of sales)
    Madden 09 – 643k (19 days of sales)
    COD WaW – 597k (19 days of sales)
    Assassin’s Creed – ~450k (18 days of sales)
    COD4 – 444k (26 days of sales)
    SFIV – 403k (12 days of sales)
    Star Wars TFU – 325k (19 days of sales)
    Killzone 2 – 323k (2 days of sales)
    Devil May Cry 4 – 233k (26 days of sales)
    Socom Confrontation – 231k (19 days of sales)
    GT5 Prologue – 224k (19 days of sales)
    Little Big Planet – 215k (6 days of sales)
    Motorstorm – 199k (33 days of sales)

    Now for those games that made it onto the charts in their second month:

    GTA IV – ~1440k (33 days of sales)
    COD WaW – ~1130k (54 days of sales)
    COD4 – ~1000k (61 days of sales)

    #42 6 years ago
  43. Cort

    Wow, I would have thought GT5P did much better early numbers. Guess it was PAL wot done it.

    #43 6 years ago
  44. Gekidami

    @Cort: Scott Steinberg works for SCEA so he’s only going to mention that department, i doubt he knows how it sold in Europe.

    #44 6 years ago

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