Middle-earth: Shadow of War tops October 2017 NPD sales

It was a big month for single-player games as several topped October 2017’s best-selling list according to the NPD Group. While more companies are pushing towards ‘Games as a Service’ and multiplayer titles, October shows that dedicated fans will still support strong single-player experiences, even those with controversial loot boxes. Middle-earth: Shadow of War and Assassin’s Creed Origins managed to snag the number one and two spots both overall and on Xbox One. The software sales lists can be read below.

Overall

  1. Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  2. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  3. Super Mario Odyssey**
  4. South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  5. NBA 2K18
  6. FIFA 18
  7. WWE 2K18
  8. Madden NFL 18
  9. Destiny 2*
  10. Forza Motorsport 7
  11. Gran Turismo Sport
  12. Grand Theft Auto V
  13. The Evil Within 2**
  14. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus**
  15. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild**
  16. Mario Kart 8**
  17. Fire Emblem: Warriors**
  18. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  19. NHL 18
  20. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege

* No Battle.net sales
** No digital sales

Xbox One

  1. Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  2. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  3. Forza Motorsport 7
  4. South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  5. NBA 2K18
  6. FIFA 18
  7. Destiny 2
  8. WWE 2K18
  9. Madden NFL 18
  10. Grand Theft Auto V

The best-selling games over the last 12 months

  1. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  2. Destiny 2*
  3. Battlefield 1
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. NBA 2K18
  6. NBA 2K17
  7. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  8. Madden NFL 18
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild**
  10. Final Fantasy XV

NPD analyst Mat Piscatella stated that “year to date, sales of RPGs are up 43 percent.” This is certainly a good sign for the genre. In October alone, sales grew more than 20%. Both Shadow of War and Assassin’s Creed Origins did better than their respective predecessors.

While overall hardware earnings were up compared to last year, this is mostly due to the Nintendo Switch. Microsoft does not disclose Xbox One sales anymore, but its newest system looked good in countries aside from Japan. However seeing as the Xbox One X launched in November, none of its impact would have been been shown in the NPD’s data last month.

Via VentureBeat

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