In an NPD report, the best selling games of 2016 in the U.S. have been revealed, and it’s no surprise which franchise has landed right at the top.
Activision has revealed that Call of Duty was the best-selling videogame console franchise of 2016 based on revenue alone.
The blockbuster military first-person shooter series, which launched back in 2003 for the PC, is also the top-selling franchise in North America for eight years running. Meanwhile, the latest installment, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, was the best-selling console game in the U.S. last year based on revenue allocated from both physical and digital sales.
"Call of Duty is the #1 console franchise worldwide in 2016," said Activision Publishing chief, Eric Hirshberg. "We’re thankful to our players for once again putting Call of Duty on top, and we recognize how rare this is – to do year after year. That’s why we push to deliver innovations and incredible gameplay that are worthy of the best fans in the world time and again. And we have an exciting year ahead in 2017."
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was released last November for PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One, with special editions of the game coming with a fully remastered version of the critically acclaimed Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
The franchise is currently operating on a three-year development cycle, split between series creators Infinity Ward and long-time collaborators Sledgehammer Games and Treyarch. This year’s Call of Duty instalment has yet to be announced, although based on the shared development cycle, it’s Sledgehammer’s turn this year; rumours have suggested the game may return to the series’ World War II roots.
The top 10 games based on sales in the United States are as follows:
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- Battlefield 1
- The Division
- NBA 2K17
- Madden NFL 17
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Overwatch (no Battle.net sales)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III
- Final Fantasy XV