If you need any more evidence of how important today’s news of Microsoft purchasing Activision Blizzard for $70 billion and what that means for Sony, here it is: Call of Duty: Vanguard was the best-selling game of the year on PlayStation 5, PS4 consoles across the US. Despite a downwards trend in sales, the FPS out of Sledgehammer Games topped the list for the year, and even 2020 title Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was third. All the revenue Sony generated from those sales could now be lost once the deal is sealed.

Even when the information is whittled down to just the single month of December 2021 — when purchases presumably increase for the Christmas season — Call of Duty: Vanguard was also the best-selling title on PS5, PS4. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales was the second best seller and Madden NFL 22 retained its position from November 2021 in third.

NPD Software Top 20: December 2021

  1. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  2. Halo Infinite
  3. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl
  4. Madden NFL 22
  5. Battlefield 2042
  6. Mario Kart 8*
  7. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  8. Mario Party Superstars*
  9. NBA 2K22*
  10. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  11. FIFA 22
  12. Super. Smash Bros Ultimate*
  13. Minecraft
  14. Far Cry 6
  15. Just Dance 2022
  16. Forza Horizon 5
  17. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  18. Ghost of Tsushima
  19. Super Mario 3D World*
  20. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*

NPD PS5, PS4 Software: December 2021

  1. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  2. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  3. Madden NFL 22
  4. Battlefield 2042
  5. NBA 2K22*
  6. Ghost of Tsushima
  7. FIFA 22
  8. Far Cry 6
  9. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  10. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

NPD Best-Selling Games of 2021

  1. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  3. Madden NFL 22
  4. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl
  5. Battlefield 2042
  6. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  7. Mario Kart 8*
  8. Resident Evil Village
  9. MLB The Show 21^
  10. Super Mario 3D World *

* Digital sales not included
^ Xbox digital sales not included




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