Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice topped the PlayStation Store sales chart in August, Sony confirms. The female-fronted horror and action game was released on Windows PC and PS4 last month, having come a long way from its initial announcement in 2014.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is one of the 20 games with female protagonists we’re looking forward to this year.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is Officially a Best-Selling Game
In a post on the PlayStation Blog EU, Sony confirms that Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was the best-selling game on the PlayStation Store for August 2017. The horror and action game with a female protagonist, created by Heavenly Blade developer Ninja Theory, beat out Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.
Hellblade, which also released on Windows PC last month, has had strong support from Sony since being announced, with a trailer debuting during a Sony Gamescom showcase. But many have also been drawn to the title because of its battle-hardened female lead. Senua may be strong but she’s also troubled and have mental health issues, which are addressed in the game and fans were interested in seeing that too.
What’s interesting about the latest PlayStation Store chart, though, is that Hellblade is far from the only female-fronted title to have a high place on the list. In second place was PS4 exclusive Uncharted: The Lost Legacy which features two female protagonists.
The action adventure game has already spent two weeks on top of the overall UK sales charts. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy was likely only pipped to the post on the PlayStation store as Hellblade is a digital-only title, whereas Uncharted also has a retail release.
Out of the top 20, 14 games feature playable female characters. This includes EA Sports UFC 2, FIFA 17, Star Wars Battlefront and Friday the 13th: The Game. But it also includes Rocket League and Cities: Skylines, games which do not have any anthropomorphic characters. The success of Hellblade and the rest of these games puts to rest the myth that games with female characters don’t sell and suggest that being inclusive can actually pay off.
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