According to data published on Monday by the NPD Group, Activision’s shooter is already the second best-selling game of 2022 behind Elden Ring, and the third best-selling of the previous 12 months behind From Software’s RPG and Call of Duty Vanguard.
That’s based on just two days of sales, with NPD’s October tracking period covering October 2-29, which ended one day after Modern Warfare 2 was released on October 28.
Modern Warfare 2 is the fastest-selling entry in the long-running series, according to publisher Activision, and will reportedly overtake lifetime sales of last year’s series entry, Call of Duty Vanguard, this week in Europe.
In the US, NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said eight of the top 20 best-selling premium games of October 2022 were new releases.
Gotham Knights debuted at No.2 on the monthly chart and as the 14th best-selling game year-to-date.
Other new entries included NHL 23 at No.5, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope at No.6, Bayonetta 3 at No.9, Star Ocean: The Divine Force at No.14, Dragon Ball: The Breakers at No.16, and PGA Tour 2K23 at No.17.
Overall consumer spending on game hardware, content and accessories in October totalled $4.3 billion, which was flat compared to the same period last year.