The NPD Group releases its monthly report on gaming sales, revealing that Uncharted 4 was the best selling game in May, outperforming all other new releases.
May was a great month for gamers with plenty of fresh and exciting titles, and the industry is reaping the benefits, too. A new report reveals that the overall sales of video games went up in May, and Uncharted 4 had all of them beat.
There were plenty of new games released in May for gamers to enjoy, including Doom, Overwatch, and Battleborn, but Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has left them all in its dust. According to the NPD Group, Uncharted 4 led all other games in sales for May of 2016, despite the fact that it’s a PlayStation 4 exclusive and every other game on the list is available on more than one platform.
Following Uncharted 4, the best sellers of May include Doom, Overwatch, and Battleborn, respectively. It may surprise some gamers to learn that on top of the 65 million units Grand Theft Auto V has already sold, its popularity doesn’t appear to be dropping in the least. It’s been nearly three years since GTA V was originally released, and it’s still came in as the number five best seller for May. In comparison, April 2016’s best seller, Dark Souls III, has fallen to the tenth spot on the list, following Minecraft, NBA 2K16, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, and MLB 16: The Show.
Overall, game sales are up when compared to this time last year, and they’ve also experienced a big bounce from last month. The NPD Group’s analysis indicates that the large number of excellent new releases in May are to thank for this, as April’s sales saw a 15% drop in comparison to April of 2015, while May has seen a 18% increase in comparison to May of 2015.
Gamers who have been paying attention to Uncharted 4‘s achievements probably aren’t surprised by this. After all, Sony previously announced that Uncharted 4 sold 2.7 million units in just the first week following its release. While the hype behind games like Overwatch has been pretty high, the legacy of the Uncharted series probably helped to propel it to sales success, while Overwatch is Blizzard’s first IP in 17 years.
Uncharted 4 received stellar reviews across the board, proving that it could live up to the hype that Sony generated with Uncharted 4‘s intense marketing campaign. While Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End may be the last adventure of Nathan Drake, with sales success like this, chances are that Sony and Naughty Dog will find a way to continue the series in some shape or form.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is out now exclusively for PlayStation 4.
Source: Venture Beat