SuperData Research, which tracks sales and deliveries over the Internet of games and game add-ons, said the market grew 18 percent in June to $1.02 billion year over year.
However, Sony won the mid-summer race, pulling out bigger numbers and, apparently, with the help of Batman: Arkham Knight.
June is usually not the most exciting month for gaming, but this year it has seen vast increases from last year. “Through the first half of the year, software is up 3 percent”.
Despite June being a typically slow month, the industry saw some impressive growth that analysts believe will continue for the second half of this year. Greenberg mentions that the Batman: Arkham Knight bundles did very well, making it hard to beat the PS4 with many purchasing that bundle. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt came in at fourth, and Nintendo’s Splatoon was fifth. National Basteball Association 2K15, 10. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Releasing good games pushes sales?
Batman Arkham Knight is available on the PS4, Xbox One and PC. It has been praised for its graphics, details of the open world and voice acting.
“Sales of Arkham Knight slightly exceeded October 2011 sales of Batman: Arkham City, which is remarkable considering the difference in hardware install bases”, said NPD analyst Liam Callahan.
Numerous reviews of the latest DLC for “Batman: Arkham Knight” has gone quite sour, with Forbes even going so far as to declare that Batgirl’s DLC should have been free.
The Elder Scrolls Online also had a nice debut on the console.
Returning champions for June include The Witcher 3 and Splatoon.
The charts below ought to make Warner Bros. pretty happy. Interactive Entertainment, which had four of the top 10 games.
Microsoft’s exclusive Xbox One titles are set to launch this year, while Sony’s new games are scheduled for release next year, giving Microsoft’s console a window of opportunity.
The market research company also pointed out that bundles are now being sold a lot more compared to previous year. In June 2014, only 35 percent of all console sales were bundled with a game.
The third installment of the Arkham series is the top selling game on all platforms, both consoles and PC, in spite the blunder of bugs and glitches that won’t be fixed until fall.
The game, developed by Rocksteady Studios and WB Games, has arguably been the biggest mid-year release as the final chapter of the Dark Knight’s romp through Gotham with his grappling hook, kickass cape and the overly-modified Need For Speed ride, the Batmobile.