The first quarter of 2022 has certainly been full of outlandish surprises for the gaming industry. Many prominent titles have made their way into the next generation, including Elden Ring, Kirby And The Forgotten Land, Call of Duty: Vanguard, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, and Horizon Forbidden West. The competition among titles has been challenging in the first quarter of 2022, but a few titles have dominated the charts while overshadowing others. There is a bundle of titles planned for the remainder of this year, however. Perhaps the upcoming titles will exceed the dominating games.
According to The NPD Group, a market research company based in the United States, Elden Ring has officially dethroned Call of Duty: Vanguard and now wears the insignia of being the best-selling premium title of the trailing 12-month period ending on April 2022. Moreover, Elden Ring was the second best-selling title of April 2022, only outdone in sales by LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. Elden Ring remains the best-selling game of the year to date, however.
Elden Ring had garnered a proactive community even before its release to be the rightful successor of the Souls-like genre. The hardcore RPG title is the perfect amalgamation of innovative open-world formula and the classical Souls-like quirks brewed to the ideal amount. It’s no surprise that Elden Ring has sold like hotcakes. The title has broken milestones that were deemed improbable. However, the game seems to be losing its concurrent players significantly only a few months after its release.
Call of Duty: Vanguard is an enjoyable FPS, but that is all it managed to be; players were expecting a more immersive experience. Call of Duty: Vanguard has seen a decline in popularity over time, with players bored of the “same formula no innovation” scheme that recent Call of Duty games have acclimated. Regardless, that is rumored to change with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on the horizon.
Furthermore, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga has towered over the April 2022 charts. The title is the first third-party game to rank as the best-selling title on Nintendo platforms since March 2021 (Monster Hunter: Rise). That’s not all; the game has acquired the loftiest launch month sales for any LEGO title in the record and, after one month, ranks among the top 6 best-selling LEGO games life-to-date.