Elden Ring Biggest Non-CoD Launch of the Past Year, Horizon Forbidden West Sets PS5 Record

Nathan Birch
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The NPD Group has released their full North American sales data for February 2022, and while the industry was down overall due to lower hardware sales, the battle for the top of the software chart was intense. Overall, players spent $4.4 billion on games, additional content, and hardware in February, representing a year-on-year decrease of 6 percent. On the hardware front, the Switch came out on top in terms of both dollar and unit sales, followed by the Xbox Series X/S and then the severely supply-constrained PS5.

Turning to software, Elden Ring is a bonafide hit, racking up more launch month sales than any other game released during the last 12 months, with the exception of Call of Duty: Vanguard. Horizon Forbidden West came in at #2 delivering the best launch-month sales of any PS5 game to date. Other new additions include Dying Light 2 at #4 and Total War: Warhammer III at #5. Meanwhile, last month’s #1, Pokemon Legends: Arceus, held strong at #3 against tough competition.

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Here are February’s top 20 games according to NPD:

  1. Elden Ring
  2. Horizon Forbidden West
  3. Pokemon Legends: Arceus
  4. Dying Light 2 Stay Human
  5. Total War: Warhammer III
  6. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  7. Madden NFL 22
  8. Mario Kart 8
  9. FIFA 22
  10. Minecraft
  11. Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  12. Mario Party Superstars
  13. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  14. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  15. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  16. Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition
  17. NBA 2K22
  18. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl
  19. Far Cry 6
  20. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

And here are the top-10 best-selling games of 2022 thus far:

  1. Elden Ring
  2. Pokemon Legends: Arceus
  3. Horizon Forbidden West
  4. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  5. Madden NFL 22
  6. Dying Light 2 Stay Human
  7. Monster Hunter Rise
  8. Total War: Warhammer III
  9. God of War
  10. Spider-Man: Miles Morales

February was a big month, and March is almost as busy. It will be interesting see which February titles continue to hold strong.

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