God of War Series’ Worldwide Sales Show God of War III At The Top

By Ishaan . June 17, 2012 . 12:00pm

God of War, along with Uncharted, is one of Sony Computer Entertainment’s top franchises. The games are well-received, among the higher-selling PlayStation brands, and Kratos is a recognized character. Additionally, Sony’s Santa Monica studio, which is the team that develops the God of War titles, are involved with many of the other games the company publishes in some capacity as well.


So, how do the God of War games sell? Recently, Sony released worldwide sales figures for every game in the series, including download sales (although, they didn’t specify the retail-to-download ratio). The sales also take Latin America into account under SCEA sales, and all PAL territories under SCEE. Take a look at the data below:


Game SCE America SCE Japan SCE Europe Total Sales
God of War 2,881,524 142,990 1,592,833 4,617,347
God of War II 2,527,522 113,280 1,603,727 4,244,529
God of War III 2,818,033 417,866 1,961,733 5,197,632
God of War Collection 1,748,663 155,600 514,253 2,418,516
God of War: Chains of Olympus 1,728,407 136,478 1,399,293 3,264,178
God of War: Ghost of Sparta 530,815 60,429 605,382 1,196,626
God of War: Origins 424,464 47,336 239,937 711,737


That’s 21.6 million God of War games sold worldwide, and it’s interesting to see that the highest sales came from God of War III on the PS3, despite the PlayStation 2 itself being a far more successful system. Not too shabby. The question is, where does it go from here?

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  • epy

    Let’s do a REBOOT! The story of God of War is too CONVOLUTED right now and its bad for business because new fans, the ones that matter, are too scared of jumping in! Why don’t they play the past games you say? Who has time for OLD games?!

    Joking aside (I hope) they have to find a way to somehow continue the story. They can’t do prequels forever and I don’t think they can do away with Kratos either. They can try what everyone has been saying for a while about Kratos or a new hero fighting a different pantheon of gods. God of War: Ragnarok? God of War: The Wrath of Anubis?

    • A sequel must happen, since Santa Monica freaking cliffhanged it. What happened after Kratos literally and magically gave hope to the planet? Did it wipe the world clean of the Apocalypse? Did he himself lay the foundation to the Genesis?

      • OatMatadoQuatro

        But Kratos basically destroyed Greek Mythology? Who else is he going to kill now?

        • I’m sure some remnants of mythology still exist, save for the mythical beasts and such. He hasn’t killed every single god yet, which are, for the most part, less than violent.

          Though I have not played every GoW prequel game, so I could be wrong.

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      I definitely want a sequel too. Kratos versus the Norse or Egyptian pantheons would be awesome. I was a bit disappointed to find out Ascension is another prequel.

  • burnfist23

    Eh, GoWIII was alright, but I personally liked Ghost of Sparta the most (Well, the HD version in Origin at least since that’s the on I played).

    • Bob

      HOW!? How can you like GoW: GoS the most? It is the best game on the PSP but it’s nothing compared to the main trilogy especially GoW III. The vast majority of people believe the order is GoW3 > GoW2 > GoW1 > GoW:GoS > GoW:CoO which any sane person would agree on.

      • burnfist23

        Oh yes, I must be insane for not agreeing with the sales figures and public opinion. Look GoW3 was graphically the best game and had some over-the-top moments. There’s no denying that. But I liked that Ghost of Sparta since it humanized Kratos a little more with his drive to save Deimos. I also felt that the Spear and Shield were the best alternate weapons in the series.

      • Nemesis_Dawn

        Ghost of Sparta is my second favorite of the entire series. Part three was not that great. It has some great moments, but none of them compare to GOW 2, Ghost of Sparta, or even the original.

        GOW 2 > GOW: GoS > GOW 1 > GOW 3 > GOW: CoO

  • Z3

    Didn’t Zeus said to Gaia something about another pawn that she could’ve chosen? maybe they can make another game off that :)

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      That was already answered in Ghost of Sparta.

  • Epitome

    I thought the 3rd was horrible all his weapons were chains of chaos they maybe looked different but there the same thing he had no sword no spear no hammer the combat sucked i can’t even remember the story.

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      I remember those giant fists of his playing awfully different.

      • Epitome

        His giant fists spins…… just like the chains of chaos iam sure it does other things the chains of chaos can do but didn’t like the game so can’t remember.

        • Nemesis_Dawn

          The fists are VERY different. The spinning move was only one move. The rest were very vertical movements.

  • The total amount that this series collected over the years is jaw dropping. Santa Monica really had a good track record.

  • LunarKnite

    Impressed by it’s sales. As a God of War fan I’m pretty ambivalent about this though. On one hand, you have potentially more God of War games being made since it sells. On the other, you have more God of War games being made.
    Sometimes series need to end or rebooted. If they ever leave the Greek pantheon, make a new character. Honestly, it wouldn’t harm them much considering most people think Kratos is a below average character.

    • Or just make a new series entirely. A spiritual successor would be much better.

      • zweii

        Isn’t Heavenly Sword exactly that?

        • That was made by Ninja Theory. Their first developed game, even.

          • zweii

            So? Its still a sony IP.
            Sony and From Soft made Demon’s Souls yet people call Dark Souls its spiritual successor even without sony’s involvement.

          • Both games were “developed” by From Software, period. Ownership has nothing to do with it, neither does your counterargument regarding two different developers, each with their own, individual IP. It’s not a spiritual successor if not made by the same studio who built the predecessor. Blazblue is no different. Not even Anarchy Reigns to an extent.

            Heavenly Sword was certainly a GOW like game, but only by inspiration. If anything, it shouldn’t be a successor because much of the game is unpolished. It’s game designis less than reminiscent of GOW and it doesn’t even reinvent its wheel

          • Valtiel Ikari

            actually, is the second, before, they where called “Just Add Monsters”, then they just changed their name, but if by first game you mean under the name Ninja Theory, then yes.

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      I want to see Kratos going after different pantheons. If it’s not Kratos, it’s not GOW, anymore, in my opinion. I don’t want to play as a different character.

    • Bob

      LunarKnite – Millions of people love Kratos, he’s easily one of the most beloved characters in gaming history. I don’t know why you think most people think he’s average? That’s very ill-founded, only a very small minority don’t like him, probably mostly women. He even ranked as the 9th most popular video-game character of all time by the Guinness book of records and has far more fan merchandise with his face and name all over it than most characters. God of War without Kratos would be disastrous and an incredibly stupid decision for the franchise, he’ll be with the franchise until the end.

      • LunarKnite

        I say that because the two most common gripes with the God of War series is that each game adds nothing new, which I’m totally fine with. And the other is that Kratos, while a well-established and popular character is by no means an above-average character in terms of story-telling.

        Purely from a more literary standpoint, Kratos is a bland character throughout four and a half games. He is no doubt a cool and kickass character, but he’s static and flat. And from what God of War: Ascension is bringing along with its multiplayer: not having Kratos be playable, we may actually see even more distance between Kratos and the God of War series, giving it a fresh face the series needs.

        • Nemesis_Dawn

          The series doesn’t need a fresh face. No Kratos, no buy. I don’t know about you, but I do not intend on spending any time on the multiplayer modes in Ascension. I’ll maybe play them once and then never touch them again. Kratos IS the series. Without him, there’s no point.

  • malek86

    I’m impressed by the japanese sales for GOW3. How can the sudden jump be explained?

    I’m thinking either in Japan PS3 owners are a different kind of audience from PS2 owners, or SCEJ decided to go all out with their advertising and promotion.

    • I’m sure Sony Japan needed to advertise the game more and they had a budget big enough for just that. That, and it must be that fan interest in western games grew compared to the early 2000’s. 400k is still a niche sales number, but better than how most other games fared.

      • Kevadu

        400K in Japan is *not* niche. It’s not super-megacrazy-success but it’s crazy to call that niche. About the only games that do better than that have “Final Fantasy”, “Dragon Quest”, “Monster Hunter”, or “Pokemon” in the title.

  • SirRichard

    I honestly expected the first or the second to be the biggest seller of the lot, mainly because of the advantage the PS2 had in audience size over the PS3, but I guess it had built up its audience fairly well for the third one.

    Thing is, as big as it is, they don’t seem to know what to do with it. Ascension is a blatant holding pattern, if they’re working on a brand new setting or proper follow-up to III they either don’t know where they should go or need more time for it.

    A shame about Ghost of Sparta’s sales, too. They’re good numbers in general, sure, but it deserved to do better than Chains of Olympus.

  • canarinta

    I think most early PS3 owners bought GoW3 because they had no(other)gaems.

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      So, you just came here to troll and tell jokes from 2007, I see.

      • canarinta

        >implying my first two games for the ps3 weren’t MGS4 and GOW3
        The PS3 really was game starved, you know. I’d never have played a “messy mindless killing game” if more exclusives came earlier.

        Stay mad PSfriends. Gravity Rush is an average game with terrible combat.

        • Nemesis_Dawn

          Okay, now you’ve completely proven you’re nothing but a troll, in that you’re bringing up Vita games in a PS3 discussion.

          Go back to IGN.

          • canarinta

            >zero points
            >ignores what I said
            >gb2 ign u trol me
            Please stop. Acting high and mighty doesn’t work for you.

          • Nemesis_Dawn

            Why are you still here? People who act like you are normally banned by now.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            @canarinta:disqus I will ask both of you to stop the meaningless posts. Please review the following and refrain from the back and forth sniping. Thank you.


        • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

          While i don’t know your taste for game, i can said that PS3 is filled with lots of game there especially if you are Jrpg lover there.
          Tales of Grace F, Neptunia series, Atelier Arland trilogy, Ar-tonelico is also good game here.
          And about PS3 being starved on their launch, that happen to almost all other consoles too here.

    • noctis_nox

      PS3 has no gaemz!!
      I am so 3008 and you so 2000 and late.

  • Crevox

    I guess they suddenly pushed sales for God of War III in Japan? That’s quite a jump. Must’ve been some sort of advertising going on?

  • dahuuuundge

    run out of Greek gods for Kratos to kill? Don’t worry just release more prequels!

    • Super-Sayian

      next stop on kratos’s hit list, christan’s and muslims gods

  • Solomon_Kano

    I think Ascension is looking great, but I have a feeling that it won’t hit GOW3’s numbers.

    There’s another clear factor as to why, but maybe the gap between Collection and Origins is showing some decline? Obviously, Collection had the benefit of being a re-release of the two games in the series that everyone had played while Origins was re-release of some PSP entries that saw comparatively less interest, but that’s still a huge gap. I’ll also give you that it’s been out for less time, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to catch Collection at any point. Ascension is guaranteed to do well, but it definitely won’t do GOW3 well. I’d love to see otherwise, though.

  • Erm…. I thought I saw this chart a few days ago….

    But nevertheless, Ascension looks great with the colors… Made me wonder do we really need next-gen systems???

  • d19xx

    Good sales for the portable games considering their budgets and being outsourced to an external developer. Also the fact that they barely advertised it…

  • Gah, God of War 2 was so much better than the third game…/personalopinion.

    Well, the series is great overall. I just don’t think they should be making any more GoW games for a while, since story wise,the story is reaaaaaaaally convoluted, and they should perhaps let some time go by before trying any more games.

    • Bob

      God of War III was far superior to 2 in every way possible other than 2 having more varied environments. I don’t care what people say opinions can be wrong, how can anyone think 2 is better than 3 when 3 took everything in 2 and made it better… Also by the time GoW: Ascension comes out it’ll be 3 years since GoW3 which is more than long enough & the story is only convoluted if you’re a massive idiot.

      • Nemesis_Dawn

        2 isn’t even close to being as long a game as 3, it has less boss battles, and it doesn’t introduce as many new mechanics. There was always something new around the corner in 2. Didn’t feel that way in 3.

        • Super-Sayian

          totally agree hands down.

      • Nemesis_Dawn summed up pretty much why I feel GoW II is superior to it’s sequel. For some reason, III didn’t feel fresh, or as fresh as the second. I found the game overall to be much easier, and the level design just wasn’t as interesting. I found out all the gorgon eyes and phoenix feathers and other bonuses on my very first run, without even trying, whereas with the second game I had to resort into using a guide to look up some of special items locations, because they were so cleverly hidden away. And trust me, I’m a dude that takes his sweet ass time with videogames, searching every nook and cranny before I move on to the next location.

        As for the story being convoluted….I wouldn’t say it’s complicated, I’d just say that right now, they’re basically creating prequels for prequels. The way the third game ends seems pretty absolute and definitive, and knowing they’re always making new prequels and games in between definitely takes it’s toll in the story telling. It’s not that I have a problem following up the game’s events (heck, not to brag but I can easily understand the Kingdom Hearts plots and how they relate and connect to eachother, so I wouldn’t have a problem understanding how God of War plot works), it’s just that they’re always adding up new stuff to a story that they already told us through the first three videogames. With ascension being yet another prequel….

      • Super-Sayian

        your crazy, and your shallow mind prooves why their so many shitty games out in these recent generations ( 2005-current ). thou basically all sequels to god of war plot are simple, 2’s plot was actually somewhat interesting and I felt like I was actually back in greek myth. 3 was basically an wasted potential on just focusing on killing the GODs ( plot wise ). which imo just makes the game small, bitter and honestly not as enjoyable as 2 was. I think you just mistaken 3’s increase graphics and gameplay as an quote “better” game.

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      I completely agree. Nothing has surpassed GOW 2, as of yet. I disagree, however, with the story being convoluted. It’s actually a fairly simple story, to me, at least.

    • Super-Sayian

      agreed, I expected 3 to be much more better than 2 but clearly that its only superior graphics wise, all they did was basically copy and paste with an less of an interesting plot, and the addition weapons he gained in 3 are basically an rip off of blades of chaos, I’m talking about hades and that electric blade whatever you wanna call it with hardly any dedication or distinctive difference between the weapons, likewise with hurcules’s fist gauges. they could’ ve atleast gave us an new game plus.

  • Göran Isacson

    Ghost of Sparta really took a dive from Chains of Olympus sales. Like, none of them sold bad but I wonder what made GoS sell less. Dissapointment with Chains of Olympus? Lord knows I consider it the weakest installment in the franchise. Less interest in the PSP at that time? It’s a mystery.

    Interesting that 3 did sell so much more, though. I guess that by that time the fanbase had worked itself up into a frenzy somethign fierce and they had more than enough cash built up to advertize the hell out of it. Also interesting: America really love Kratos.

    • Peace Legacy

      My theory is that Chain of Olympus was kind of a “Dancing Bear”, everyone rush to see what it will be like on the PSP, then the novelty wears off and people return back to their console

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      I think it’s exactly as you said, people were disappointed with Chains of Olympus and didn’t think Ghost of Sparta was going to be any better. I know I was surprised by how much I loved it after the “been there/done that” feeling CoO gave me.

      • Göran Isacson

        Interesting- you’d say Ghost of Sparta is a superior game to Chains of Olympus then? The worst thing about CoO to me was how inconsequential the story felt to the major narrative (I really didn’t feel like I learned anything new about Kratos and the story never seemed to affect later games at all), and how unbalanced it got once you got your hands on the Gauntlet of Zeus. It pretty much turned into Dynasty Warriors by then.

        • Nemesis_Dawn

          I’d say ALL of them are superior games to Chains of Olympus. That one just felt like a “greatest hits” collection of stuff that the games had all done better. I also did not like the arcadey life bars above the heads of bosses, nor the fact that Kratos is actually fairly heroic in that game, when one of the great things about playing as him in the other games is that he’s pretty much a sociopath.

          Story-wise, the only effect it has is it clears up a few random things a couple bosses in later games would yell at you. Otherwise, you could take it out of the series completely and you wouldn’t be missing much.

    • The unhealthy PSP market. By the time Ghost of Sparta came out, the PSP software market in the west was in bad shape and piracy was completely uncontrolled.

      • Göran Isacson

        I must admit that I’m curious as to when the PSP got as bad as it did. Was it solely due to piracy, and if so can you trace (by salesnumbers, reports etc) just WHEN the market turned for the worse and why the PSP suffered so much, when it SEEMS (with emphasis on seems) that the DS, who also had a ton of easy R4 piracy, seemed to be going strong even in it’ twilight years?

    • d19xx

      The main difference is this:


      COO was given some decent advertising by Sony. While GOS got a few ad banners for gaming sites like Gamefaqs.

      • Göran Isacson

        Kinda figures, advertisement is always a powerful factor. Neat trailer too… even if I find it amusing that Zeus isn’t even seen in the game. Neat, but misleading.

        • d19xx

          I wish more companies tried to actually advertise their games instead of using a convenient scapegoat like “piracy” every time it sells poorly.

          Makes me glad that the Vita isn’t hacked yet. They can’t use “piracy” yet as an excuse. They only have themselves to blame when their games sells poorly.

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