Mat Piscatella, Executive Director and Video Game Industry Advisor of NPD Group, posted a Twitter thread detailing the numbers and charts of Elden Ring. According to Piscatella, the game’s rise has been nothing short of incredible.
US NPD PREMIUM GAMES - Elden Ring was the 2nd best-selling title of April 2022. Elden Ring remains the best-selling game of 2022 year-to-date and has surpassed Call of Duty: Vanguard to become the best-selling premium game of the trailing 12-month period ending April 2022.— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) May 13, 2022
Elden Ring bests Call of Duty sales in the United States
In an earnings briefing this week, game publisher Bandai Namco announced Elden Ring had sold more than 13.4 million units as of 31st March 2022. For a recently launched title, those are some mind-boggling numbers.
Elden Ring was developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It’s a collaboration between director Hidetaka Miyazaki and fantasy novelist George R. R. Martin.
After its launch on 25th February 2022, Elden Ring quickly captured the market and came across a lot of positive feedback from the community.
After launching in November last year, Call of Duty: Vanguard was 2021’s best-selling game. However, the first quarter of the current year shows a difference between the title’s actual sales and Activision’s forecasts. The numbers are approximately $300 million short of the expected figure.
In their annual report to investors, Activision accepted their responsibility for low sales numbers for Call of Duty: Vanguard. The video game company wrote, “The game’s World War II setting didn’t resonate with some of our community, and didn’t deliver as much innovation in the premium game as we would have liked.”
Activision Blizzard and the community have their hopes up about the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. It’s the 10th Modern Warfare sequel and probably the most popular lineup under the company. Although the new game will launch in late 2022, we can expect a massive comeback from the franchise.
Interestingly, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga was the newest addition to the best-selling chart. The title was on top for April, but Elden Ring remained top since its release earlier this year.
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Featured image courtesy of Bandai Namco Entertainment.