Guerrilla Games’ upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn could potentially achieve lifetime sales of eight million, according to a report by SuperData.
The company predicts that the open-world action title could hit six million sales by the end of 2017, and go on to move as many as eight million during its lifetime, bringing it almost on par with the likes of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Speaking in the report, Joost van Dreunen, CEO of SuperData, cited Horizon’s strong reception among critics as a major contributing factor to the game’s performance. He also said the release of the game comes at a “key moment” for Sony, as hardware sales are starting to decline somewhat resulting in a greater need for improved game sales.
Not that Sony seems to be suffering, mind, as PS4 sales increased year-on-year in January 2017, although SuperData’s comments more than likely pertain to overall hardware performance, which dropped significantly in the U.S. last month.
Horizon: Zero Dawn will ship exclusively for PS4 in the U.S. on February 28 and in Europe on March 1. The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting that is inhabited by mechanical beasts, with players controlling Aloy, a seasoned hunter who is tasked with hunting down these hulking adversaries in hopes of salvaging their vital components to fuel humanity’s survival effort.
Sony has commented that it is eager for Horizon to achieve success at retail, potentially spawning the next major franchise for the console manufacturer. In addition, developer Guerrilla Games has said that should a Horizon 2 eventually happen, it may not feature Aloy as the main protagonist, suggesting there’s more characters to choose from within the game’s universe.