Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops III was the year’s best selling title, followed by EA’s Madden NFL 16, The NPD Group said Thursday. Both franchises had taken the top two slots in 2014 and the No. 2 and No. 3 slots in 2013—when Grand Theft Auto V was released. It’s getting to be a familiar pattern.
Star Wars Battlefront debuted at number one in the UK for retail non-digital sales according to Chart-Track in its first week of release, and became the fourth fastest-selling title released in 2015. It marked the biggest launch of a video game in the Star Wars franchise, and exceeded the sales of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, the previous record holder, by 117%.
Grand Theft Auto V is an action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released in September 2013 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, in November 2014 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and in April 2015 for Microsoft Windows.
The video game arm of the Hollywood studio is attached to three of the year’s best selling video games—including the current industry leader. This year’s list of best selling games, based on six months worth of sales figures compiled by The NPD Group, is full of surprises.
The graph shows data on all time global unit sales of selected games in Call of Duty franchise as of June 2017. As of the measured period, the Modern Warfare 3 edition of CoD was the highest-seller in the franchise, with 30.67 million units sold worldwide since its release in 2011.