From Software’s Elden Ring has overtaken Call of Duty: Vanguard and is now the best-selling premium game in the US for the final 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; has sold more than 13.4 million copies worldwide as of March 31, publisher Bandai Namco announced during its own earnings briefing this week. The NPD doesn’t reveal specific sales numbers, but the game has surely grown since Bandai’s numbers didn’t count in April.
As for Vanguard, Activision has been open about how the game didn’t sell as well as it hoped, though it hasn’t revealed a sales figure for the title. The publisher said that it couldn’t run with the game, that it 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 in 2021, with Black Ops Cold War coming in second.
The best-selling game in April 2022 in the US was Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, which has the highest release month dollar sales for any Lego title in series history. It was the number 1 bestseller on Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox, and Steam. Specifically for Nintendo, it was a notable release as The Skywalker Saga is the first non-Nintendo game to rank #1 on a Nintendo platform for a given month since March 2021 (Monster Hunter: Rise).
Looking ahead, Activision will release Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and a new Warzone experience later this year, which is being developed by Infinity Ward.
It’s also worth noting that Battlefield 2042 is the fifth best-selling game in the US for the past year, even though the game didn’t sell as well as EA hoped. Going forward, EA has said that 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 April 22)
- elden ring
- Call of Duty: Vanguard
- Madden NFL 22
- Pokemon Shiny Diamond/Shiny Pearl*
- battlefield 2042
- Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
- far away 6
- Resident Evil Village
- Pokemon Legends: Arceus*
*Digital sales not included
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