Report: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sold 3.6 Million Digital Units in April, Final Fantasy VII Remake Sold 2.2 Million - SalesWilliam D'Angelo , posted on 25 May 2020 / 2,329 Views
The video game market continues to set new records as many countries worldwide have been in lockdown due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. A new report from research firm SuperData reveals $10.5 billion were spent on video games worldwide in April 2020.
Year-over-year console game sales jumped an impressive 42 percent, while mobile and PC game sales saw growth of 14 percent and 12 percent, respectively. Overall, the gaming market grew 17 percent, up from $8.9 billion in April 2019.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons dominated the digital charts with 3.6 million games sold during the game. Digital sales declined only 27 percent during the month when compared to its launch month in March. It is "now the top Switch title in lifetime digital sales and lifetime digital revenue after only two months on the market," according to the report.
Final Fantasy VII Remake had a strong launch month with 2.2 million digital units sold. This is a franchise record and a record for a PlayStation exclusive. The previous record for a PlayStation exclusive was set by Marvel's Spider-Man.
The remake of Resident Evil 3 had a good first month with 1.3 million digital units sold in April 2020. This is nearly as many as the remake of Resident Evil 2, which sold 1.4 million digital units in January 2019.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered sold 3.4 million digital units in April. This is up from 622,000 units sold in March, however, it did not release until March 31 and only launched for the PS4. It later did see a release on the Xbox One and PC on April 30.
Spending on online games are also at an all-time high. Revenue for League of Legends are the highest they have been for the game since February 2017. The number of players have also hit a new record. Grand Theft Auto V saw the highest month in money spent on in-game content in April. Revenue for the game is expected to grow in May as it had a free giveaway on the Epic Games Store.
A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @TrunksWD.