Sales for FIFA 18 have seen a huge boost in June, placing it firmly at the top of the monthly sales chart. The game has seen an increase in month-on-month sales of 67 percent, but the Xbox One version in particular has skyrocketed with a sales increase of 203 percent in the same period.
FIFA 18’s sales boost is largely due to the World Cup, which started in June, but also because of an update for the game. This update added the World Cup to FIFA 18, allowing players to relive each match or just the even over and over.
After a year Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy has finally released for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC, providing a boost to sales. Whilst the game is now in third place in the sales chart the numbers are still down compared to the original PlayStation 4 release of the game in 2017. Month-on-month sales for the title have increased by 16 percent.
God of War saw another decrease in sales month-on-month, dropping to second place in the chart. Over the course of June sales are down by 30 percent, but the fact that it’s continuing to sell well shows that PlayStation 4 owners are regularly picking up copies of the game.
Mario Tennis Aces is a new entry to the chart this month, debuting in eighth place. The game is definitely benefiting from releasing so close to Wimbledon’s start, but other, more realistic, tennis games have taken some of the limelight off of Nintendo’s new title.
Vampyr from developer Dontnod was another new entry to the chart, this time in ninth place. The game is selling incredibly well on PlayStation 4, with most players opting for that version over buying it for the Xbox One. 69 percent of consumers purchased the PlayStation 4 version of Vampyr while 31 percent went for the Xbox One version.
Sega Mega Drive Classics debuted in twelfth place this month, and Street Fighter: 30th Anniversary Collection debuted in fifteenth, showing the power of nostalgia to drive sales. However, with bigger releases looming closer it’s likely that some consumers have waited to spend their money on something else.
A new title this month, The Crew 2, released only a few days before the sales chart for June ended, meaning it didn’t manage to enter the top 10. Time will tell if this open world racer does manage to sell well through July, but with mixed reviews from all critics and players it could miss the chart entirely.
Year-on-year games market revenue fell by 16 percent but rose by 23 percent month-on-month. The Nintendo Switch has also managed to continue to bring in more revenue than the Xbox One for the second month in a row, indicating a slight preference to Nintendo’s portable console.
Top Ten of best selling video games for the period between May 27th to June 30th (Gfk/Ukie):
1. FIFA 18 – EA
2. God of War – Sony
3. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy – Activision
4. Detroit: Become Human – Sony
5. Far Cry 5 – Ubisoft
6. Fallout 4 – Bethesda
7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Nintendo
8. Mario Tennis Aces – Nintendo
9. Vampyr – Focus Home Interactive
10. Grand Theft Auto V – Rockstar