Sony’s confidential PlayStation secrets just spilled because of a Sharpie by Tom Warren and Sean Hollister for The Verge
It looks like someone redacted the documents with a black Sharpie — but when you scan them in, it’s easy to see some of the redactions. Oops.
Someone is in big trouble over in Sony’s legal department.
While the development time for The Last of Us Part II wasn’t a surprise, the cost to make it was. Now, $200 million also isn’t a surprise; massive AAA first-party exclusives fall in this range. Just look at Horizon Forbidden West in the previous sentence above.
For context though, The Last of Us Part II sold 4 million copies in three days. If all of those were just the base game at $59.99, Sony recouped the development cost and then some at $239,960,000. In 2022, the game reached 10 million copies sold, although the profit made is unknown due to discounted sales throughout that time. The entire series (four games) has sold 37 million copies.
I think the $200 million investment for Part II has paid off. I wager the investment in The Last of Us Part III will pay off even more so; not sure if the multiplayer game will see the light of day though.