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This is an incredible result for free-to-play platform fighter MultiVersus: it topped the July 2022 NPD software charts for the United States, beating games like Elden Ring and Xenoblade Chronicles 3. The release’s success was driven by Founder’s Packs, which included additional content and provided fans with early access to the emerging hit. That’s seriously impressive.

PS5 is also on the up, as Sony gradually begins to improve the system’s ongoing stock situation. The console enjoyed double-digit growth compared to last year, and generated the most revenue of any format for the aforementioned month in the USA. It was, however, outsold by the Nintendo Switch in terms of raw units.

It should be noted that MLB The Show 22 continues to be one of the best-selling games of the year, and is comfortably becoming one of Sony’s biggest hits in the US specifically. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Gran Turismo 7 continue to sell strongly as well, likely driven by better hardware availability. The industry as a whole is on a downward trend, however, with overall spend in the sector slipping 9 per cent year-over-year.

NPD Software Top 20: July 2022

  1. MultiVersus
  2. Elden Ring
  3. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  4. Xenoblade Chronicles 3*
  5. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  6. MLB The Show 22^
  7. Mario Kart 8*
  8. Digimon Survive
  9. Minecraft
  10. F1 22
  11. Kirby and the Forgotten Land*
  12. Super Smash Bros Ultimate*
  13. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  14. Overwatch
  15. Pokémon Legends: Arceus*
  16. Nintendo Switch Sports*
  17. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  18. Far Cry 6
  19. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  20. Monster Hunter Rise

NPD PS5, PS4 Software: July 2022

  1. Elden Ring
  2. MLB The Show 22
  3. MultiVersus
  4. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  5. Minecraft
  6. Horizon: Forbidden West
  7. F1 22
  8. Gran Turismo 7
  9. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  10. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

* Digital sales not included
^ Xbox and Nintendo Switch digital sales not included