Elden Ring, Pokémon Arceus, FIFA, GTA V… Which game had the biggest impact on Europe in 2022?

Game news Elden Ring, Pokémon Arceus, FIFA, GTA V… Which game had the biggest impact on Europe in 2022?

Now that the first half of 2022 is behind us, it is therefore time for a mid-term review. Over the course of six months, the video game sector has been able to benefit from a wide variety of games that have excited the public. And thanks to that, the trend is on the way again! But if we had quickly named Elden Ring as grand champion in this first half, there is a small finesse that redistributed the medals!

Summary

  • Europe revives video games despite production difficulties
  • An exclusive Nintendo Switch winner

Europe revives video games despite production difficulties

Last week we learned that FromSoftware’s latest title could loudly claim its crown in the lands of Uncle Sam’s land. Although the situation required some clarification from the NDP Group, the organization responsible for the collection of data, Fire Ring and its developers could pretty much congratulate themselves on this feat. Although it did not correspond to our European market, it already allowed to have a trend before we could see the final verdict, and we had it yesterday through the GamesIndustry.biz site, which forwarded the data from GSD Market Data.

Elden Ring, Pokémon Arceus, FIFA, GTA V... Which game had the biggest impact on Europe in 2022?

The first crucial piece of information concerns sales of next-generation consoles. Due to the global pandemic, sales fell by 21% : this decrease is mainly explained by the shortages affecting the supply chains, preventing the new machines from being sold out. Well, not all! If the PS5 suffers the most – we note a 44% drop – Nintendo and Microsoft fare better with a 7% increase for the hybrid console and 9% for the next-generation machines from the Redmond company. It has to be said that the tantalizing releases have been chained over the past six months, and on a European level, the enthusiasm for these new productions has been felt: Germany also becomes the largest European market with 15.4 million games sold!

An exclusive Nintendo Switch winner

Over the course of a year, the trend has improved a lot in terms of video game sales! Compared to the first half of 2021, 2022 can look forward to an increase in sales of no less than 13.5%. In total, these are more than 76.1 million games that found participants and whose acquisitions break down as follows: 32 million physical copies, for 44 million digital copies. Once again proof that the dematerialized takes precedence over plastic cases!

Elden Ring, Pokémon Arceus, FIFA, GTA V... Which game had the biggest impact on Europe in 2022?Elden Ring, Pokémon Arceus, FIFA, GTA V... Which game had the biggest impact on Europe in 2022?

Now let’s take a look at the game that was unanimously praised in terms of overall sales as, unsurprisingly, it’s obviously the Elden Ring that sits at the top of the video game food chain from the moment you combine your physical and digital sales. The subtle to emphasize, is that Nintendo does not communicate its dematerialized sales, which has the effect of distorting the final ranking.

Elden Ring, Pokémon Arceus, FIFA, GTA V... Which game had the biggest impact on Europe in 2022?Elden Ring, Pokémon Arceus, FIFA, GTA V... Which game had the biggest impact on Europe in 2022?

However, if we consider only the physical market, Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the best-selling title in Europe, in addition to having been No. 1 in France and Germany.. Double whammy even for Nintendo, since The Nintendo Switch remains the most popular console on the old continent ! Between its hybrid console, which is a hit, and the fast approach of the new generation of Pokémon Pokemon Scarlet and Purple2022 could be a very good vintage for the Kyoto company!

Ranking of all sales (physical and digital) for the first half of 2022:

  • 1) Fire Ring
  • 2) FIFA 22
  • 3) Arceus Pokémon Legends (digital sales not included)
  • 4) GTA V
  • 5) LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  • 6) Horizon: Forbidden West
  • 7) Gran Turismo 7
  • 8) Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (digital sales not included)
  • 9) Red Dead Redemption 2
  • 10) Nintendo Switch Sports (digital sales not included)
  • 11) Mario Party Superstars (digital sales not included)
  • 12) Kirby and the Forgotten World (digital sales not included)
  • 13) NBA 2K22
  • 14) F1 2022
  • 15) Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (digital sales not included)
  • 16) Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
  • 17) Cérébrale Académie: brain battles (digital sales not included)
  • 18) Call of Duty: Vanguard
  • 19) Far Cry 6
  • 20) Just Dance 2022

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