According to the most recent Game Sales Data tables, “Elden Ring” is the biggest new gaming IP launch in Europe since 2016.
According to the GSD statistics (via GamesIndustry.biz), FromSoftware’s new game is the region’s largest launch of a new series since 2016’s The Division. This places it ahead of PS5 juggernauts like “Horizon Zero Dawn” and Ghost of Tsushima, which were presumably hampered by platform exclusivity, Cyberpunk 2077, which was likely hampered by performance concerns at launch, and Xbox’s most successful new IP since 2016, Sea of Thieves.
“Elden Ring‘s” sales success is unsurprising; it was already the best-selling game of 2022, and the largest launch since Call of Duty: Vanguard. Unsurprisingly, its breakout success – bigger than all of its developer’s prior games combined – resulted in “Elden Ring” becoming the fastest-selling Souls game yet, surpassing player records set by titles such as Sekiro and Dark Souls 3 within seconds of release.
Its success in Europe was fueled by chart-topping successes in the majority of major regions. Only Germany, where “Pokemon Legends: Arceus” stayed at the top, remained unaffected. “Horizon Forbidden West” came in second in Europe, with the biggest-ever PS5 launch outside of the Call of Duty franchise.
According to the data, “Elden Ring” sold best on PC, accounting for 44 percent of overall sales. PS5 came in second with 27%, and PS4 came in third with 13%. The remaining 16% of sales were made on Xbox platforms.