We learned from the NPD forecast which are the top ten games that will sell the most in the United States this year. This country is potentially the biggest, and thus, the most important for the gaming industry.
Mat Piscatella, an analyst at NPD, wrote a post about a forecast about this year’s performance in the US. He thinks the overall spending will be 6% higher year-on-year, which isn’t as big of a growth as in previous years, which is because of the final months of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, which is why there will be a 12% decline in hardware sales to 4.4 billion (meaning the Nintendo Switch cannot offset the decline on its own). The accessory sales will also see an 8% drop to 2.2 billion dollars. However, software sales (aka games) will see a 9% year-on-year increase to 37.8 million dollars, as the mobile and console digital games will be capable of offsetting the drop in PC digital and console physical sales.
Let’s see the top ten list (brackets will include the publisher, or the parent company of it – Activision Blizzard for Activision, Take-Two for 2K):
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Activision Blizzard)
- NBA 2K20 (Take-Two)
- Madden NFL 20 (Electronic Arts)
- Borderlands 3 (Take-Two)
- Mortal Kombat 11 (Warner Bros. Interactive)
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Electronic Arts)
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint (Ubisoft)
- Kingdom Hearts III (Square Enix)
- Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 (Ubisoft)
10. Pokémon Sword[/Shield] (Nintendo – digital sales are not included)
It’s not a surprise – if Call of Duty: Modern Warfare ends up taking first place, it will mean that in the past eleven years, it will be the ninth time that a Call of Duty title reaches the top. There are only two games from Japanese publishers, as well as two sports games, and two Ubisoft titles. There aren’t many surprises to be seen here. (Where would Pokémon be if its digital sales were included, though…?)
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