The NPD has launched its month-to-month breakdown of videogame gross sales within the US, and since the newest month was December, this implies we get to take a look at the top-selling video games of the yr. 2020 presents us with an enormous milestone for the annual NPD charts, although: it’s the primary time that Grand Theft Auto 5 has not been among the many 20 best-selling of the yr.
GTA 5 was the eleventh best-selling title of the yr in each 2019 and 2018, and its place was (naturally) even larger in earlier years. However its absence from the 2020 chart doesn’t imply it’s stopped promoting. In reality, on this year’s UK charts GTA ranked in third place, simply behind Black Ops – Chilly Warfare.
So why is GTA fully lacking from the 2020 US charts? As a result of digital sales of Rockstar parent company Take-Two’s games are no longer included in the tracking group’s list of best-selling titles – presumably on the writer’s request. This does imply that retail gross sales of bodily sport copies, which are tracked, weren’t sufficient to get GTA 5 to chart, however it’s possible the sport nonetheless would’ve made the highest 20 if digital gross sales have been included.
It seems like the times of Rockstar’s open-world games dominating the NPD charts are over – however solely as a result of Take-Two took itself out of the race.
As for what did high the charts in 2020… It’s Name of Responsibility, and extra Name of Responsibility. Black Ops – Chilly Warfare was the best-selling sport within the US for 2020, adopted by Trendy Warfare. (After which, after all, Animal Crossing.)
US NPD SW – 2020 High 20 Sellers pic.twitter.com/7B0sreCkLV
— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) January 15, 2021
To your comfort, right here’s that checklist in a textual content type, ranked from one to twenty:
- Name of Responsibility: Black Ops – Chilly Warfare
- Name of Responsibility: Trendy Warfare
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- Madden NFL 21
- Murderer’s Creed Valhalla
- The Final of Us Half 2
- Ghost of Tsushima
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Tremendous Mario 3D All-Stars
- Closing Fantasy VII Remake
- Marvel’s Avengers
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- NBA 2K21
- Tremendous Smash Bros. Final
- FIFA 21
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
- MLB: The Present 20
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater 1 + 2
The truth that Cyberpunk 2077 made the checklist in any respect is fairly spectacular because it got here out so late within the yr, and CD Projekt doesn’t share its digital gross sales numbers, and nearly three-quarters of the game’s pre-sales were digital. Possibly gross sales numbers are monitoring has too many variables and caveats for us to glean concrete perception from them and we must always all cease caring about. (Nah, simply kidding.)