According to the latest GSD market report, the Elden Ring is the biggest new IP since the release of The Division back in 2016 as well as the biggest launch title since Call of Duty: Vanguard which launched in November last year.
Elden Ring sold the most copies for PC accounting for 44% of the total sales. The PlayStation 5 version of the game accounted for 27%, Xbox for 16% and lastly, the PlayStation 4 version of the game accounted for 13% of total sales.
The latest release by FromSoftware was the biggest game of February in all major territories except Germany where Pokemon Legends: Arceus was No.1.
Horizon: Forbidden West was the runner-up in February and the biggest PlayStation 5 launch excluding the Call of Duty franchise. Around 59% of total Forbidden West sales were for PlayStation 5, with the remainder being for PlayStation 4.
It is worth mentioning that the PS4 version of the game was slightly cheaper than the PS5 version and players could get a PS5 update for free if they purchased the PS4 version so the data here might be a little skewed.
Pokemon Legends: Arceus took the top spot of single platform sales, barely managing to beat Elden Ring on PC. This is despite the fact that Nintendo doesn’t share digital sales numbers and the data only accounts for physical sales.
Dying Light 2: Stay Human managed to come in at No.5 with 44% of its sales being on PlayStation 5. PlayStation 4 version of the game accounted for 28%, while the Xbox Series and PC sales accounted for 28% and 12% respectively.
The final new title to appear on the list was Total War: Warhammer 3 which managed to come in at No.7.
In total, 13.56 million games were sold in Europe which is an 8% increase in sales compared to February 2021. The physical market saw an increase of 11% selling 5.9 million games, while the digital market grew by 6% managing to sell 7.66 million games.
Nintendo Switch remains the best-selling console in Europe, however, hardware sales are down by 32% over January and 44% compared to February 2021.
Nintendo Switch sales are also down by 14% compared to the same month of 2021, however, they have seen a 52% increase compared to February 2020, i.e. right before the pandemic began.
For the first time, Xbox Series consoles managed to beat PlayStation 5 in sales. This is due to the ongoing shortages of the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles as well as the availability of the Xbox Series S model.
Over 1.3 million accessories were sold in February 2022 which is a 27% drop compared to the previous month as well as a 11% drop compared to February 2021.
DualShock 4 controller for PS4 was the best-selling accessory, closely followed by the PS5 DualSense controller. Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons came at No.3 while the Xbox Series Wireless Controller came at No.4. The PS5 Pulse 3D Headset came in fifth and was the best-selling accessory that isn’t a controller.
Below is the top twenty best-selling video games in Europe in February 2022:
1. Elden Ring
2. Horizon Forbidden West
3. Pokémon Legends: Arceus
4. FIFA 22
5. Dying Light 2: Stay Human
6. Grand Theft Auto 5
7. Total War: Warhammer 3
8. Mario Party Superstars*
9. XCOM 2
10. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*
11. F1 2021
12. Red Dead Redemption 2
13. Big Brain Academy: Brain vs Brain*
14. NBA 2K22
15. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
16. Call of Duty: Vanguard
17. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury*
18. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch edition
19. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond*
20. Just Dance 2022