Here’s something we didn’t expect to write: elden ring is the best-selling video game in the United States over the past 12 months according to the NPD Group, beating a Call of Duty franchise that normally dominates the calendar year after year. It’s important to remember elden ring started on February 25th.
Mat Piscatella, the NPD group’s top video game market analyst, revealed the numbers Friday morning in a Twitter thread that covered several other trends the NPD measured for April.
On Tuesday, elden ringPublisher Bandai Namco Entertainment said the game told investors the game had sold 13.4 million copies worldwide, adding another 1.4 million copies to the 12 million copies it had in mid-March. The game’s meteoric launch prompted developer FromSoftware to announce it in March as the start of a new franchise set to expand to other media. elden ring is a collaboration between director Hidetaka Miyazaki (the director behind the Souls games, as well as bloodborne and Axe) and George RR Martin, author of the fantasy series Song of Ice and Fire, which was adapted for HBO game of Thrones Series.
although Call of Duty: Vanguard was the best-selling video game of 2021 (after launching on November 5), Activision’s latest quarterly earnings report partially blamed the shooter’s lukewarm commercial reception for total revenues, which fell about $300 million short of the company’s projections. said Activision vanguardThe lower sales of were “primarily due to our own execution,” but opined that “the game’s WWII setting didn’t resonate with some of our community and didn’t deliver as much innovation in premium play as we’d liked.” “
The franchise is likely to bounce back in November of this year Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, a rebooted sequel in the series’ most popular subgenre, was announced two weeks ago. It’s a sequel from 2019 call of duty modern warfare, what Activision says is the most successful Call of Duty title to date. The series should also get a shot in the arm with a sequel to its free-to-play battle royale Call of Duty: Warzonewhich is also expected to start at the end of 2022.