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Elden Ring is the biggest US game in 2022, but launch sales trail Vanguard

Elden Ring sales are off to a flying start - making it the biggest game in the US so far this year and the fifth biggest in the last 12 months

Elden Ring sales: An Elden Ring boss and a player fights a big bear

No matter where you look, you’ll find someone talking about Elden Ring. Whether it’s complaints over the notoriously difficult Elden Ring bosses or the mind-blowing speedrunning records creators are setting on an almost daily basis, it’s clear Elden Ring mania has well and truly taken hold – something that’s reflected in the sales charts.

According to NPD Group (the US games sales charts), Elden Ring has become the best-selling game of February 2022, as well as the year so far. That’s an enormous achievement, especially considering the game has only been available for two weeks now.

If that isn’t crazy enough already, Elden Ring launch sales equalled the second highest for any tracked title in the last 12 months – sitting just behind Call of Duty: Vanguard, which dropped in November 2021. It’s unclear how Pokemon Arceus feeds in here, since NPD doesn’t track Nintendo sales, but it’s impressive nevertheless.

Splitting the sales down by platforms also paints an intriguing picture. On both Steam and Xbox, the game sits right at the top of the charts, but on PlayStation, FromSoftware’s latest creation site just behind Horizon Forbidden West – Sony’s first-party game in years.

“Elden Ring debuted as both the best-selling game of February 2022 as well as 2022 YTD,” the report states. “Launch month sales of Elden Ring were the second highest for any tracked title released in the past 12 months, trailing only Call of Duty: Vanguard, released in Nov 2021.

“After one month in market, Elden Ring ranked as the fifth best-selling game of the 12 month period ending February 2022. Elden Ring ranked first on Steam and Xbox platforms in February, while placing second on PlayStation.”

For those of you who’ve read our Elden Ring review or played the game so far, this news won’t come as a surprise. But for those of you looking to dig into this proper Soulslike experience, be sure to check out our Elden Ring walkthrough for tips and tricks on how to survive in the Lands Between.