“Where I got my data from, I had access to a lot of telemetry, and I could see stuff and when we were at 5 million copies – when we were announced at 5 million copies – the telemetry data was at 5.8 [million],” Ross mentioned. “There are basically resells or shared discs. I was actually using an external website – I think they’re offline now – but they were using trophy data and it lined up with our internal telemetry data so for me, it’s like, ‘good enough.’”
As you’ve most likely gathered, the massive downside with Ross’ estimate is that it’s partially primarily based on PlayStation Trophy info from a third-party supply, and that info doesn’t essentially give us an correct view of what number of copies of a sport had been really bought and at what value (assuming that that website’s figures had been correct within the first place). While Ross signifies that the trophy info strains up with inside gross sales figures he noticed whereas he was nonetheless with the company (and that the inner gross sales info he noticed was primarily based on gross sales figures recorded previous to Days Gone being launched without cost through PlayStation Plus in 2021), there are nonetheless a quantity of elements that might account for a critical discrepancy between Ross’ estimates and the precise gross sales figures.
At this level, although, absolutely the accuracy of these gross sales figures is seemingly much less necessary than the concept that Days Gone bought very effectively (which it probably did) and was nonetheless handled as a disappointment by some seemingly resulting from its blended important reception.