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Elden Ring is already the best-selling game of 2022 in the US
And the fifth best-selling title of the 12-month period ending in February
Elden Ring has made a blockbuster start at US retail, according to market research firm NPD Group.
From Software’s game, which was only released on February 25, debuted as both the best-selling title of the month as well as 2022 year to date, ranked on dollar sales.
Based on its launch month sales, Elden Ring is also already the fifth best-selling title of the 12-month period ending February 2022, NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said on Friday.
The game’s launch month sales were only bettered by those of one other game released in the last year, November 2021’s Call of Duty: Vanguard.
Elden Ring appears set to be From Software’s most successful game to date. Its UK release was the biggest launch for a game other than FIFA or Call of Duty since Rockstar‘s Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018.
And it’s Steam‘s sixth biggest game ever in terms of concurrent players, with a peak of over 950,000 – more than seven times that of Dark Souls III.
While Elden Ring was February’s top-selling game on Steam and Xbox platforms in the US, it placed second to Horizon Forbidden West on PlayStation consoles.
Dollar sales of the PS5 version of Sony‘s game set a new launch month record for the console.
Horizon Forbidden West, which released one week earlier than Elden Ring, was the second best-selling game in the US overall last month.
January’s top-selling game, Pokémon Legends: Arceus, charted third, ahead of new releases Dying Light 2 and Total War: Warhammer III.
On the hardware front, Switch was the best-selling console of February 2022 in both units and dollars, with Xbox Series X/S placing second on both accounts.
Following a strong January showing, PS5 tops video game hardware dollar sales year-to-date, with Switch the highest unit seller so far in 2022.