From Software’s Elden Ring has surpassed Call of Duty: Vanguard and is now the best-selling premium game in the US for the upcoming 12-month period ending April 2022.
The NPD Group made the announcement on Friday as part of its April sales report. Elden Ring remains the best-selling game of 2022; more than 13.4 million copies have been sold worldwide as of March 31, publisher Bandai Namco announced this week during its own earnings briefing. The NPD doesn’t reveal any specific sales numbers, but the game has definitely gotten bigger since Bandai’s numbers don’t count for April.
As for Vanguard, Activision has been open about how the game hasn’t sold as well as hoped, though it hasn’t disclosed any sales figures for the title. The publisher said it couldn’t run with the game, which was developed by Sledgehammer, and that the WWII setting didn’t resonate with everyone. Despite all that, Vanguard was the best-selling game in the US for 2021, with Black Ops Cold War finishing second.
The best-selling game of April 2022 in the US was Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, with the highest dollar sales during launch month for any Lego title in the series’ history. It was the number 1 bestseller on Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox and Steam. Specifically for Nintendo, it was a remarkable launch as The Skywalker Saga is the first game not made by Nintendo for a given month since March 2021 (Monster Hunter: Rise).
Looking ahead, Activision is launching Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and a new Warzone experience later this year, development led by Infinity Ward.
Also note that Battlefield 2042 is the 5th best-selling game in the US in the past year, despite the game not selling as well as EA had hoped. Going forward, EA has said it stands behind DICE as a developer and that the Battlefield series remains important to EA.
Top 10 games in the US (12 months ending in April ’22)
- Elden Ring
- Call of Duty: Vanguard
- Madden NFL 22
- Pokemon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl*
- Battlefield 2042
- Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
- Far Cry 6
- FIFA 22
- Resident Evil Village
- Pokemon Legends: Arceus*
*Digital sales not included
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