As gamers have come to expect this time of year, last month saw the release of several new, high-profile titles while publishers prepare their holiday lineups for one of the industry’s biggest seasons. This year’s holiday push caused November to become one of the biggest months of the year with highly-anticipated game launches coming from top development teams including Treyarch, Bethesda, and D.I.C.E.
With so many big game releases, many are interested to know how each one is performing in terms of sales. While publishers haven’t released official sales numbers on individual titles, Sony announced on the Official PlayStation Blog which games were the top-sellers this past November across all PlayStation platforms.
Putting concerns to rest for another year that the success and popularity of Activision’s famed shooter is in decline, Call of Duty: Black Ops III dominated the PS Store digital charts in its debut month by earning more sales than any other game on both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. In addition to becoming the PlayStation Network’s top-seller in November, the series’ latest installment also claimed the top-selling PS4 add-on thanks to the Call of Duty: Black Ops III Season Pass.
Rounding out the remaining top digital performers on the PlayStation 4 were Fallout 4, followed by Star Wars Battlefront. Like Call of Duty: Black Ops III, all three of the PS Store’s best selling PS4 games were new to the month of November.
Despite releasing earlier this year, recent discounts also saw plenty of older titles make their way up on the PS4 sales charts, such as The Order: 1886 and CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. After years of success since its original launch in 2013, similar sales also allowed Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V to once again land on the charts for both the PS4 and PS3.
While November’s PlayStation sales were dominated by several new releases for the month, not all recent launches did so well. Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, which launched in late October, barely made it into the top ten. The less-than-average sales for the long-running franchise were likely due to hesitant consumers following last year’s poor reception of a bug-laden Assassin’s Creed Unity. Even Ubisoft openly admitted that they were expecting a sales dip for their third person action series this year.
For one of the first times since coming to PlayStation systems, 4J Studios’ console port of Minecraft was completely shut out of the top twenty sales chart for the PS4. However, the block-based creation title made up for the lack of representation on the current-gen platform by earning two different spots on the PlayStation 3 chart. The game itself was last month’s sixth best-selling PS3 digital title while the first episode of TellTale Games’ Minecraft: Story Mode claimed the number two spot on the older system, right behind Call of Duty: Black Ops III.
With the latest Black Ops game already off to a great start, Activision hopes to create more interest for the Call of Duty franchise by increasing their support for the series’ competitive eSports division.
The Inquisitr reported earlier this year that the publisher will hold more tournaments for Call of Duty: Black Ops III than ever before. Additionally, amateur fans will also be able to earn a spot on the professional teams through ranked play.
The developers of other recently released, top-selling games are also striving to improve player’s experience in their own titles as well. Just last week, Bethesda released the first official title update for Fallout 4 across the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The small patch improved general performance and fixed memory issues encountered within certain areas of the game.
Did you digitally purchase any of November’s new games, such as Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Fallout 4, on the PlayStation 4?
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