Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was the best selling game of October. NPD reported in its monthly charts that not only was Modern Warfare the best selling game of October, but the best selling game of 2019 so far after being out for only a month.
The NPD is a market research group that tracks physical and some digital video game sales on a monthly basis. NPD has been providing sales data for over 50 years in various industries, and for 25 years in video games. There was a time when NPD used to release sales numbers and more details publicly, but in recent years they it has been keeping that information private.
It's not entirely shocking that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is the most sought after title of the year, but it is impressive that its happened after only a month of time in the wild. Granted the hype was high and the reviews were mostly solid for this year's Call of Duty title, a franchise that has historically broken NPD records. According to NPD's VG industry analyst, Mat Piscatella the series is the best-selling franchise in the US since NPD started tracking games sales.
The biggest surprise for October video game sales was the success of Obsidians' RPG The Outer Worlds. The game ran its Fallout hype train all the way to number two on the charts, followed by Switch exclusive and Nintendo's big fall release Luigi's Mansion 3. This was the best first month debut for a game in the Luigi's Mansion series.
Modern Warfare just might be the most talked about Call of Duty in many years. With a polarizing campaign and multiplayer that fans are beginning to fall in love with, this game may have just breathed new life into an aging franchise. In January, A Call of Duty Esports league is inbound, meaning serious continued support should be coming to the game throughout 2020. Perhaps this means that for once Call of Duty will take a break from the annual cycle to commit to improving one game for over a year. On the other hand, new consoles are coming in 2020. From Activision's perspective that is most certainly a good time to release a new Call of Duty game.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is out now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.