How many copies did God of War sell? — statistics and facts
March 22, 2005
PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
Santa Monica Studio
Sony Interactive Entertainment
Ah yes, the God of War series, a series that has produced some of the most brutal scenes in gaming history, as well as one of the most badass protagonists to ever grace your screen. The God of War franchise covers the story of Kratos, a former mortal soldier who surrenders his life to Ares to win a battle. This takes him down a dark road of revenge, murder, loss, and tragedy across all of Greek mythology. Over the years, there have been 8 games in the main series, covering various story points as well as a new ground for Kratos to tread.
Of course, since there are so many games in the series, you can be sure that there is a lot of content to explore and new things to learn. We are going to be providing you with some interesting statistics and facts about the entire God of War franchise in the wake of the new game — God of War Ragnarok, releasing on November 9th, 2022. We sincerely hope that you enjoy the content we have prepared and that you can learn something new and look at these games in a better light. If you’re still interested, we have even more statistical articles you can take a look at. Maybe some video game industry statistics and facts?
God of War key stats
Since the God of War franchise spans many games, we are going to be listing some key stats regarding sales just to show you how far along the series has come since its inception. There are some massive numbers in this section, so you might want to take a look!
1. The God of War franchise has sold over 51 million copies since the first game.
(Source: Gematsu, VG Sales)
Since the first game, the God of War franchise has sold over 51 million copies as of 2020.
The best-selling game is God of War (2018) with over 19.5 million sales.
10 million of the God of War sales were within the first year of the game’s release.
The turning point for the series is shown with the release of God of War (2018), where sales spiked to double digits. This is creditable to the fact that in the modern age, you can get games more easily, but it is also largely because the reboot of the series was so popular that sales spiked into double digits.
2. The second-highest-selling God of War game was God of War III.
(Source: Eurogamer, VG Sales)
Released in 2010, God of War III has accumulated 5.2 million sold units, making it the second-highest-selling God of War game.
The game cost a whopping $44 million to make.
It is considered one of the best games ever released.
You can downplay the sheer quality of God of War III in the slightest. The game was simply too good for its time and we always wonder what it would have looked like
3. God of War generated over $500 million in revenue from sales alone.
The total revenue that God of War generated as of 2020 is well over $500 million.
$131 million was made through digital sales.
$33,9 million was made through the PC edition of the game.
It was the most successful PS exclusive game launch in history.
The game cost over $100 million to make.
As with the sales from the previously-mentioned point, we can see that the total revenue that God of War has generated since its release is staggering. Half a billion dollars is no joke, especially when we’re talking about video games.
God of War user stats
The total number of sales must have come from somewhere, right? Of course! That is where the dedicated fans of the series come in. In this section, we are going to be listing some crucial information about the fans that have played the God of War series and made it what it is today.
4. Over half a million players have obtained a Platinum Trophy.
(Sources: GameByte, PSN Profiles)
Within the first year of release, 493,240 players had achieved a Platinum Trophy.
As of 2022, only 4.7% of the total players on Playstation have achieved a Platinum Trophy.
These are completely reasonable numbers to expect from a game when it just releases and when it has the sorts of sales that God of War has. As you can see, the overall percentage of people that have achieved a platinuđm trophy is fairly low compared to other games, and that might be due to the overall difficulty of the game and the fact that many players put it down after one playthrough, but we cannot be sure.
5. Players have died over 690 million times in God of War in 2018.
In 2018, players had died 690,267,490 times in the entirety of the game.
94,882,964 of those deaths were in Give Me God Of War, the highest difficulty in the game.
From these two statistics, we can see that God of War wasn’t the easiest game in the world, amassing over half a billion deaths in its first year alone. Give Me God of War has been hailed as one of the most difficult settings in recent games, with extremely dangerous enemies and deadly encounters.
6. The main God of War games have an average rating of 9.7.
God of War has a 9.8 rating.
God of War II has a 9.7 rating.
God of War III has a 9.3 rating.
God of War (2018) has a 10.0 rating.
These ratings average out to a very high 9.7 rating for the main games.
To say that the first three games of the God of War series are epic is a severe understatement. Quality is the name of the game when it comes to this series and you can see that the fan ratings of the games are astronomical compared to other series, guaranteeing its quality.
God of War adaptation stats
Given that the general story of the God of War series is rich with content and thrills, it comes as no surprise that there have been several adaptations of the series ranging from graphic novels to TV series. Let’s take a look and see where you can delve deeper into the God of War story.
7. Pre-Norse God of War had 4 graphic novel editions.
(Source: Dark Horse, Amazon)
From the first game up until God of War (2018), God of War had 4 graphic novel editions.
God of War (2018) had 7 graphic novel editions released that feature extra content to the main story.
2 of these novels featured additional myths and legends to fulfill the world.
Aside from the 11 graphic novels, there is also 1 cookbook featuring recipes from the world.
These graphic novels and book range in price from $0 to $40.
The graphic novels surrounding the God of War series are packed with extra content that is a joy to read, no matter if you’re a veteran of the series or a newcomer looking to delve deeper into the story. We are sure that we are going to get quite a few more graphic novels when God of War: Ragnarok releases in November 2022.
God of War Twitch stats
As with any other game, it would be prudent to take a look at how the God of War franchise has performed on the biggest streaming platform in the world — Twitch. There have been a lot of streams of God of War over the years, and we’re going to take a look at some general numbers to see how the series stands.
8. In 2022, the God of War series has accumulated over 20 million broadcasting hours on Twitch.
God of War HD had 575,550 broadcasting hours in 2022.
God of War II had 522,619 broadcasting hours in 2022.
God of War III had 1,200,000 broadcasting hours in 2022.
God of War (2018) had 18,958,781 broadcasting hours in 2022.
In total, the series has accumulated approximately 21,256,950 broadcasting hours over 2022.
Through these numbers, we can clearly see how the popularity of the games in the God of War series is distributed. It is very obvious that the newest game in the series is going to be the most popular because it redefined the series, but still, the difference in viewership is staggering. We are expecting to see an uptick in viewership the closer we get to God of War: Ragnarok.
9. The average number of viewers for God of War (2018) in 2022 was 2,164.
The average viewership for all of the games in the series is 606.
God of War (2018) boasts the highest average viewer count of 2,164.
The highest viewer peak of the series belongs to God of War (2018) at 111,344 viewers.
God of War (2018) continues to dominate in the general viewer aspect of Twitch statistics, which is no surprise. Looking at the averages, we can see that the God of War series still has a decent amount of viewers despite the fact that the first game came out in 2005.
To sum up
And there you have it, some of the most relevant statistics and facts about the God of War franchise. The series in general features one of the most immersive and interesting storylines in gaming history, developing rich plots and reimagined points that breathe new life into the series. We can’t wait for God of War: Ragnarok to come out in November 2022 as we are sure that it is going to easily fall into the legendary status of all the games that have come before it. We sincerely hope that you have enjoyed the information that we have presented here and that you can look at the God of War series with a bit more appreciation.
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