October was always expected to be one of the most controversial months of the year for video game sales. While many publishers simply went out of the way of Red Dead Redemption II, the first Rockstar game since the gigantic Grand Theft Auto V broke all sales records, the month was still quite full. This month's report from the National Purchase Diary, or NPD, paints an image of a fairly booming gaming industry, even separated from its biggest players.
In terms of software, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 governs the hanger, beating Take Two and the old adventure of West Rockstar, although it is unclear how much. However, before the creators of bets receive too much advantage, it is important to note that Black Ops was launched on October 12, while Red Dead Redemption II was launched on October 26. This gave Black Ops 4 two more weeks of sales to count and position Red Dead. Redemption much closer to the sales deadline. It seems likely that a significant percentage of Red Dead Redemption II sales will be presented in the November NPD.
However, this does not take anything away from Call of Duty, which instantly became the best-selling game of the year just for its performance in October. It seems, then, that Activision now has hard-to-point data when someone asks if Call of Duty games need a single player campaign.
Soulcalibur VI also appeared in the top ten this time, a solid debut for a fighting series that was explicitly in the bubble, with Bandai Namco suggesting that the series could end if the sixth entry was not sold. Surprisingly, My Hero One’s Justice, a 3D sand fighter who uses the My hero academy The license also found its way to position 13, a good result for Bandai Namco who has traditionally succeeded with anime fighters in the west.
Diablo III debut in spot 18, although the first Blizzard game on Switch was released two days before the end of the follow-up period. Nor does the digital sales count on Switch, but it does count them on Sony and Microsoft consoles in the same listing. Super Mario Party also rose from the 9th place ranking in September to a comfortable 5th place here, which makes it the only exclusive Switch in the top ten.
You can see the complete software table of the top 20 below.
|Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII||one|
|Red Dead Redemption II||two|
|Assassin's Creed: Odyssey||3|
|Super mario party||5|
|Marvel's araa man||8|
|Madden NFL 19||9|
|Forza Horizon 4||eleven|
|Lego DC Super Villains||12|
|The justice of my hero||13|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider||14|
|Mario Kart 8||fifteen|
|Grand Theft Auto V||sixteen|
|Super Mario Odyssey||17|
|The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild||19|
A notable omission of the software is Starlink, the Ubisoft Toys for Life game released on all platforms, but with Star Fox content on the Switch. While it ended up in the back half of Switch's exclusive top ten, it apparently had a lower performance elsewhere, and is a weird and weird one for the Ubisoft library this year. Dark Souls Remastered was also released on Switch, months after other versions, and failed to make much dent in the larger table.
The PlayStation 4 took the hardware title this month, setting the record for the best October for the brand since the PlayStation 2 in 2002. The combination of Red Dead Redemption II, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Spider-Man probably shot. the PS4 to new heights this month. In the case of the first two games, at least, October presents a strong argument that marketing agreements for third-party games are a smart investment and, in fact, sell consoles.
Despite the horse race in which most of us, and this publication, definitely focused, was generally a surprisingly good month for video game sales in the US. UU. Similar to the praise of the PS4, this is the best month of October for the industry since the NPD began tracking in 1995, reaching $ 1.55 billion in total revenue. The best previous October was in 2008, reaching $ 1.33 billion.
Next month's NPD will include more days for Red Dead Redemption II, Fallout 76, Pokemon Let’s Go and much more.