Although new parts of Call of Duty are released in October or November, they usually take just a couple of months to bypass all other releases and top the U.S. annual sales charts. But in 2022, the situation may change — NPD senior analyst Matt Piscatella predicts that Elden Ring from FromSoftware will not allow Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II to climb to the first place at the end of the year.
According to him, the Japanese role-playing action has already sold a very large number of copies in the American market and continues to show a strong dynamics even a few months after the release. The new Call of Duty may not have time to gain weight to defeat Elden Ring until the end of 2022, he said.
This is extremely rare — since 2009, the games of the Call of Duty series have only twice not led the annual American charts.
Elden Ring climbed to number one in April believes that the top ten best-selling games for 2022 in the United States will include (the top below is in alphabetical order): Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II Elden Ring God of War Ragnarök Gotham Knights Horizon Forbidden West LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Madden NFL 23 NBA 2K23 Pokémon Legends: Arceus Pokémon Scarlet & Violet The list includes four console exclusives — two each from Sony and Nintendo, and the rest — multiplatform games.
For Nintendo games, only cartridges are counted, as it does not share digital statistics with NPD. Finally, Piscatella commented on the consoles.
He is confident that Nintendo Switch will be ranked # 1 in iron sales in 2022, and in the top ranking in sales for leadership will be the fight between all three systems — the hybrid family, PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X|S.
At the same time, NPD believes that the Xbox Series X|S will be the only platform with sales revenue growth compared to 2021. will fall by almost 9% this year — the situation is due to problems with the supply of consoles of a new generation and inflation.
Recall that the United States is the largest console market in the world, and NPD is the only American tracker that counts game and console sales and cooperates with publishers and platform holders.