The NPD Group has analyzed the results of March’s video game sales, and there’s one clear winner: Far Cry 5.
The latest game from Ubisoft swept the competition to become the top-selling title in March, and according to certain analysts, it may also be on track to be the “best-selling title of 2018.” It even set a record within the Far Cry series.
“Far Cry 5 debuts as the top-selling title of March 2018 and instantly becomes the best-selling title of 2018,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella reported (via VentureBeat). “Far Cry 5 set a new launch month slaes record for the Far Cry franchise, with consumer spending on full-game sales nearly doubling that of previous franchise best, Far Cry 3. Publisher Ubisoft is the leading publisher in both March and 2018 year to date.”
Apart from Far Cry 5, every console had a standout best-selling exclusive game. Sea of Thieves was the second-best-selling game, debuting exclusively on Xbox One and PC. MLB 18: The Show, a PS4 exclusive, became the third-best-selling game, and Kirby Star Allies took fourth place on the Nintendo Switch.
The rest of the list is a little more standard, with Grand Theft Auto V still refusing to fall off the chart and other staples like Mario Kart 8 maintaining high sales. Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom also appeared on the list, claiming its spot as March’s eighth-best-selling game.
Hardware sales fell a bit compared to March 2017, but that’s no surprise—March 2017 saw a huge boost from the launch of the Nintendo Switch. The Switch remains the best-selling hardware overall, however, and hardware-driven spending on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is higher than last year.
The gaming accessory market has also gone through the roof, which accessory makers attribute to the meteoric rise of multiplayer games like Fortnite. According to analysts, players are buying more headsets and headphones than ever before in order to communicate with their friends.
Overall, March generated $1.32 billion for the gaming industry.