MultiVersus was July’s biggest-selling game, ousting Elden Ring from the top spot

Warner Bros character brawler MultiVersus (opens in new tab)has taken the industry by storm since it arrived in open beta last month. However, the scale of its popularity was as of late confirmed by analytics bunch NPD, which reported(opens in new tab) that Multiversus was the top-selling video game of last month, despite only landing on Steam on the nineteenth.

MultiVersus is a free-to-play game, yet alongside in-game microtransactions, Warner Bros also sells an array of Founders Packs for the game, giving players “character tickets” for unlocking fighters. These Founders Packs apparently launched MultiVersus to the top of the sales charts.

The outcome of MultiVersus thumped Elden Ring (opens in new tab)down to second place, only the second time this year that From Software’s fantasy phenomenon hasn’t been in the top spot. The massive RPG remains the overall top merchant for the year. However, Namco Bandai reported the game has sold almost 17 million copies(opens in new tab) since its launch in February.

There’s one important caveat to these rankings. While NPD’s chart considers both physical and digital sales for most games, digital sales are not registered for the two Nintendo titles on the list, namely Xenoblade Chronicles 3 and the eternally popular Mario Kart 8, placed at fourth and seventh on the list. It also doesn’t track Xbox and Digital sales for MLB: The Show 22, which ranks sixth.

In any case, it’s impressive stuff from engineer Player First Games, although having every character from everyone’s childhood available to play has probably helped MultiVersus gain traction. Nonetheless, it is an undeniably solid brawler too. In her new review(opens in new tab), Mollie said, “MultiVersus has done a bang-up occupation of laying the foundations for a fantastic platform fighter that has the potential to blossom into something amazing”.

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