Every month, NPD Group -- a market research company -- releases a list of the top 20 best-selling video games and, usually, it's pretty predictable. However, October's NPD top 20 list is a bit surprising on a few fronts.
The #1 top-selling game was Middle Earth: Shadow of War, with Assassins' Creed: Origins, Super Mario Odyssey, and South Park: The Fractured But Whole rounding out the next three spots respectively. No surprise there.
Then things get interesting.
Destiny 2 came in at #9, below the likes of highly popular sports games like NBA 2K18 and FIFA 18. Forza Motorsport 7 (at #10) managed to beat out Gran Turismo Sport (which came in at #11); the latter of which is clearly losing its hold on the racing genre, at least in the US.
But perhaps the biggest surprise on the list is that Bethesda's two major releases for the month, The Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, both ended up outside of the top 10 and barely within the top 75 percentile of the list.
What does this mean for Bethesda? It's too early to say for now considering the games might have a better long tail than its launch numbers signify, but it is alarming to see Bethesda's recent games continuing to disappoint sales-wise. Whether this may impact their studios or their current methods of achieving profit -- perhaps a greater emphasis on microtransactions is in order -- remains to be seen.
Also notable is Fire Emblem Warriors managing to snag a spot on the NPD list at #17. It was unlikely that it would place super high on the list due to the high amount of big AAA titles out in October, so its appearance is nice to see, even if it isn't the sales juggernaut some would have hoped.
Source: NPD [via Jason Schreier]
Are you surprised The Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus didn't land in the top 10?