The NPD Group has released sales figures for the month of May 2016, and while Blizzard’s popular multiplayer shooter Overwatch found a secure spot despite its short time on the market, the period belonged to Bethesda’s Doom and Sony’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
Liam Callahan reported that overall sales saw an increase by four percent during the month, tallying $19.3 million, with an 18 percent growth in physical software.
“As we head into E3 2016, it is encouraging to see such a healthy install base of the Xbox One and PS4, which currently have 43 percent higher cumulative unit sales than their predecessors at the same point in their lifecycles,” said Callahan.
Meanwhile, software sales crowned a new king: Sony’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End for PlayStation 4. The final go-around for Nathan Drake proved to be the month’s biggest seller, which is a surprise considering how it’s a single platform exclusive. “Uncharted 4 also marked the best first month of sales for any game in the Uncharted series after Uncharted 3, which is remarkable given the fact that it launched during the holiday period (in November 2011),” said Callahan.
“The success of Uncharted helped Sony rank as the leading software publisher for May 2016. Year to date, driven by the success of Tom Clancy’s The Division, Ubisoft is the top-selling software publisher,” he added.
Close behind in second place was Bethesda’s new version of Doom, which was a big hit for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. “Doom (2016) ranked second for May 2016 sales on a unit basis and had the best first month of sales for any game in the franchise when combining sales across platforms—exceeding sales of Doom 3‘s launch on the PC in August 2004,” noted Callahan.
May was also a good month for Blizzard’s heavily hyped Overwatch. Although it sits in third place, it actually sold big numbers in the last week of the month. “Overwatch was the third best-selling game for May with only a few days on the market,” said Callahan. “When comparing Overwatch sales for days in the market, this title doubled the sales of Doom.”
Callahan also noted that video game point and subscription card sales rose by eight percent, and May 2016 was the best month to date for them. Accessories also did well, with headsets and headphones increasing sales by 18 percent, totaling more than $3.3 million dollars over the previous year.
Several other favorite games rounded out the top ten, including Battleborn, Grand Theft Auto V, Minecraft, NBA 2K16, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, MLB The Show 16 and Dark Souls III.