Call of Duty Modern Warfare Becomes Best-Selling Game of 2019

by in Call of Duty | Nov, 18th 2019

Call of Duty Modern Warfare released to fans on PS4, Xbox One, and PC around the world at the end of October 2019. The latest entry in the storied annual franchise is a unique one in that it does a soft reboot for the Infinity Ward-led sub-series for Call of Duty. The controversial return to form for the Modern Warfare series rather than making a fourth numbered sequel was a surprising one. Players are not phased by the massive change in the slightest. The best-selling games of October were revealed and Modern Warfare sales topped the list.

Modern Warfare Sales Leads All Games for 2019

The Call of Duty Modern Warfare sales position was revealed by the NPD Group’s Mat Piscatella. NPD is a group of analysts who collect data on various sales in the commercial industry. Piscatella, in particular, is excellent about dealing with video game-centric results.

This is why the NPD Group is also able to release the top 10 games for each month of the year. Since we are halfway through November, Piscatella has made sure to release the top 10 games for the previous month of October.

It is the same month that saw many new games release, including the aforementioned entry in the annualized shooter series, Nintendo’s spooky addition to the holiday season with Luigi’s Mansion 3, the next RPG from Obsidian called The Outer Worlds, and many more.

October featured a jam-packed season and the sales certainly show for it. Despite this, Call of Duty Modern Warfare sales, both physically and digitally, were enough to make the game come out on top for the month.

The Call of Duty Modern Warfare sales were also enough for it to claim the throne as the best-selling game of 2019. Yes, you read that right. In just a few short days of being out for October, the game was able to beat every single other game from this year.

It includes other juggernauts like Mortal Kombat 11, Kingdom Hearts 3, NBA 2K20, and Borderlands 3 that were previously leading this year in terms of new game sales. That was all done in just a few short days. Likely, the sales are only going to increase from here on out.

With the holiday season here, the Call of Duty Modern Warfare sales are likely going to increase quite a bit. It is unlikely that any of the other games will be able to dethrone the behemoth for this year.

The sales mean that this is the 12th year in a row that the mainline Call of Duty game released that year has been the best-selling game for its month. It is something going on for almost the last two generations of video game consoles.

It also contributes more to the military-based game franchise that continues to be the best-selling video game franchise in the United States in total sales. It has held this record for quite some time now, and it doesn’t look to be giving up anytime soon.

If you are interested in the other sales for October, we also have details on those. The NPD Group also released the full top 20 best-selling games list for the month. The list included new games released that month as well as old releases that continued to sell.

Top Selling Games for October and 2019 Revealed

You can find the full list of the top 20 best-selling games for the month below, listed in terms of sales from best to worst:

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2019
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • Madden NFL 20
  • NBA 2K20
  • Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
  • WWE 2K20
  • FIFA 20
  • Borderlands 3
  • Ring Fit Adventure
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
  • Mario Kart 8
  • Minecraft
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Overwatch
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Code Vein
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Some noteworthy additions to this list include new games, but, surprisingly, exclusive games like Luigi’s Mansion 3 can beat a game like Breakpoint that is available on three main systems. It is also unfortunate that you don’t see some new games for the month like The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 3, which is an amazing game.

As for the top 10 best-selling games for 2019, the NPD Group also updated their list to show where the most popular games have landed for this year thus far. The list does include games from previous years as well, but it is still interesting to check out nonetheless.

You can find the current top 10 list of best-selling games for the year below:

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • NBA 2K20
  • Madden NFL 20
  • Borderlands 3
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Kingdom Hearts 3
  • The Division 2
  • Anthem
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Grand Theft Auto V

Most of the games on the list are brand new for the year minus a couple of them. It is fascinating regardless to see some exclusives on the list. In addition to games like The Division 2, regarded as not selling as great as its publisher was hoping for.

Still standing at the top, though, is Modern Warfare with its fantastic sales. It will remain to be seen if it is still on top by year’s end, but we do suspect this to be the case. It wouldn’t be surprising for the next game in the series to also come out on top next year in 2020, too.


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