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MultiVersus launched as the best-selling video game in the US for July

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • August 20, 2022 at 2:48 p.m. PDT • Comments: 18

MultiVersus had a pretty meteoric launch once it finally entered open beta late last month, and the release may have been even better than previously thought.

According to the NPD Group, MultiVersus debuted as the top-selling video game in the United States for the month of July.

Since the NPD Group creates their rankings based on dollars made and not copies sold / downloaded, that also means Warner Bros. new platform fighter saw a substantially large push from Founder's Pack sales, which range from $40 USD to $100.

MultiVersus was also able to beat out other new releases like Xenoblade Chronicles 3 and Digimon Survive as well as Elden Ring and Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, which had been dominating the charts in previous months.

On a console breakdown, the big WB crossover scooped the #1 spot on Xbox and reached #3 on PlayStation.

This was all accomplished in only about 12 days of the month too, considering MVS early access beta didn't go live until July 19.

Interestingly, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is still continuing its historic charge through the sales by reaching #12 for sales in July and #4 for Nintendo platforms.

MultiVersus isn't the first time in recent history that a new fighting game has topped NPD charts, as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Mortal Kombat 11 both did so too.

Considering how both of those games performed afterward, MVS is likely continued strong success in the months to come, but it will be fascinating to see how that ends up playing out now that the game is freely available to all without needing to buy a Founder's Pack.

Pretty much immediately after the title first launched in early access, it smashed the record for most concurrently played fighting game on Steam, and then broke that record again once the public beta hit, reaching over 144,000 simultaneous users on PC.

Since then, the game has reached at least 10 million downloads, and that number is probably even higher now.

MultiVersus is getting off to one of the strongest starts we've ever seen in the genre, and with the Season 1 update now being available, WB and Player First Games are going to need to try carrying that momentum forward.

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