Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare top April 2020’s record breaking month for video game sales, as tracked by NPD….
The NPD group has released its tracking of North American consumer spending for the month of April 2020 and, according to the firm, gaming hit a record high in profitability for the month, with Final Fantasy 7 Remake debuting as the month’s biggest new release.
April 2020’s total game sales amounted to $1.5 billion in tracked dollar sales this year, a 73% increase over 2019’s $846 million. $442 million of last month’s sales were dedicated to hardware sales, a whopping 163% increase over last year, while $622 million was dedicated to physical and digital sales, leaving the remaining 384 million spent on digital cards and accessories. NPD video games industry analyst Mat Piscatella stated, “This is a new record high in reported spend for an April month, eclipsing the $1.2 billion generated in April 2008.”
Final Fantasy 7 Remake debuted as the highest-selling game of April, even as a PlayStation 4 timed-exclusive. Piscatella also stated “the Remake was the best-selling game of April and instantly becomes the No. 3 best-selling game year-to-date,” and that it is “currently the best-selling game of 2020 on PlayStation 4.” Arguably even more surprising, Final Fantasy 7 Remake has had the highest-selling launch month of a title in the series ever, surpassing Final Fantasy 15, which launched in November 2016.
Gaming spending has seen some record highs in 2020 and given the status of the world and major impending releases such as The Last of Us: Part II and Ghost of Tsushima, along with the launches of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, it may be likely it will see more in the coming months.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake is out now for PS4.