The NPD Group has released their sales report for the month of October, highlighting software and hardware data in the US, including Xbox One’s fourth straight month as the top-selling home console. In software, Battlefield 1 was the big winner despite launching late in the month, and a record-breaking beta is likely to thank for the game’s strong start. Mafia III and Gears of War 4 also made the top five, while Civilization VI and Titanfall 2 checked in at eighth and ninth place, respectively. Grand Theft Auto V, a staple in the top ten for years, did not make last month’s top ten.
Gears of War 4*
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim*
Madden NFL 17
* Does not include digital sales.
**Does not include EA Origin sales on PC.
The weekly software and hardware sales numbers from Japan are in, courtesy of Media Create, and a new game is sitting atop the charts. FIFA 17 came in at both first place (on PlayStation 4) and fifth place (on PlayStation 3), selling just under 70,000 copies between the two versions. It was a relatively quiet week otherwise, as no other new titles eclipsed 15,000 sales, and Persona 5 and Yo-kai Watch 3 continued to chart high weeks after launch.
In hardware, sales were down for every single home console and handheld (including individual models) when compared to last week. PlayStation 4 easily took the top spot again, despite a decline of over 13,000 sales from last week. You can check out the full breakdown below.
Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)
[PS4] FIFA 17 (EA, 09/29/16) – 57,012 (New)
[PS4] Persona 5 (Atlus, 09/15/16) – 22,814 (332,785)
It’s been 20 years since the first FIFA came out, and EA is doing everything it can to make sure FIFA 17 will be one to remember. During its E3 conference, EA revealed a brand new addition to the franchise: a story mode called “The Journey.” Gamers will be playing as Alex Hunter, a young footballer trying to make it big in the game. In addition, Manchester United’s new coach, José Mourinho, made a guest appearance during the presentation.
Mourinho didn’t appear on stage for nothing; he will also appear in FIFA 17 as one of the coaches in the game, alongside Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, and Arsene Wenger. However, those weren’t the only changes from FIFA 16 that EA made. The game has abandoned the Ignition Engine used for previous games in favor of the well-known Frostbite Engine, allowing the development team to overhaul gameplay elements such as set pieces, physical play, and the intelligence system.