Elden Ring Sales Data Indicates People Across All Platforms Maidenless

I'm maidenless, horseless, hopless, etc.

Three months into 2022 and the year’s biggest game, or at least a serious contender for the biggest game, is already out. FromSoftware’s Elden Ring is now the biggest US seller this year and climbing the sales charts to compete with major releases within the last 12 months.

According to market research firm NPD, via analyst Mat Piscatella, Elden Ring’s debut made it February’s bestseller in the US. In that launch month alone, the Bandai Namco published action RPG became the second-highest seller for any game released within the last 12 months. The only US release to track better, for now, is Call of Duty: Vanguard.

The NPD’s data paints a pretty picture for Tarnished on all platforms, too. In February, Elden Ring was the US bestseller on Steam and Xbox Series while ending the month in the number two spot on PlayStation. On the Sony console, Horizon II: Forbidden West was the only game to out-perform the collaboration between novelist George R. R. Martin and director Hidetaka Miyazaki.

As a refresher, coming only second to Call of Duty: Vanguard means Elden Ring went skipping over some pretty big players. The last 12 months include 2021’s Resident Evil Village, Battlefield 2042, Pokemon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl, and Madden NFL 22.

Thanks to charts from SteamDB, it’s also clear Elden Ring is looking healthy on Valve’s platform. Right now, it’s sitting at number six in Steam’s rankings for highest concurrent player count. Hovering around 950,000 players, it’s just 100,000 players shy from passing Cyberpunk 2077 for the fifth spot. That’s dipped to just under 570,000 users over the weekend, so it’s unlikely we’ll see it do better than the CDPR RPG, but that’s still a wild launch turnout for FromSoftware.

The only Souls game I’ve ever beaten to completion was the 2009 release of Demon’s Souls, but I did spend a little time with Dark Souls II. It’s kind of incredible to reflect on something that seemed at least kind of small a little over a decade ago from my high school days morph into this megahit with Elden Ring as an adult.

I’ve said it a million times since launch, but I’m pretty damn bad at every Souls game. However, I’m still endlessly fascinated by the actually phenomena around the RPG, like those of you smashing speedrunning records or this guy tricking invaders into thinking they’re an NPC. I can hardly get my shit together long enough to get out Limgrave, but y’all enjoy it. I’m gonna hang out and watch.