Horizon Zero Dawn’s PC launch sales ‘were nearly as large as The Witcher 3’s’
Guerrilla’s game was also up 50% on Death Stranding, according to research firm
The PC version of Horizon Zero Dawn sold 716,000 copies digitally during its release month, representing a strong start for PlayStation’s platform debut.
That’s according to Nielsen’s SuperData, which said in its latest digital global market report that the game had a PC launch “nearly as large” as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition for PC was released on August 7, 2020, while The Witcher 3 released on May 19, 2015.
The research firm said the game’s launch month sales were up 50% compared to the PC edition of Death Stranding, which sold 477,000 having released on July 14.
It also labelled Horizon Zero Dawn’s PC launch month sales “significantly” larger than Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s following that game’s October 5, 2018 release.
After Horizon’s release on Steam and the Epic Games Store last month, Sony said it would explore bringing more PlayStation exclusives to PC “in order to promote further growth in our profitability”.
Mark Healey, a co-founder of Sony owned studio Media Molecule, told VGC in February that a PC version of Dreams wasn’t currently in development, but that it would be “great” to release one in the future.
The following month, Sony’s head of worldwide studios Herman Hulst suggested that PC ports of PlayStation exclusives would remain an exception.
“And to maybe put a few minds at ease, releasing one first-party AAA title to PC doesn’t necessarily mean that every game now will come to PC,” he said.
“In my mind, Horizon Zero Dawn was just a great fit in this particular instance. We don’t have plans for day and date [PC releases], and we remain 100% committed to dedicated hardware.”
Developer Guerrilla Games announced Horizon 2: Forbidden West for PS5 in June ahead of a planned 2021 release date. And this month Sony confirmed it will also release the game for PS4.
Prior to the sequel’s announcement, VGC revealed that PlayStation and Guerrilla are planning a Horizon Zero Dawn trilogy.