The best-selling game of July was MultiVersus, a free-to-play smash-like

The best-selling game of July was MultiVersus, a free-to-play smash-like

Wonder Woman effortlessly curls a 10-ton dumbbell in MultiVersus.

Screenshot: Warner Bros.

Last month’s best-selling video game was a free-to-play fighter from a company on the move. Yes, MultiVersusalso known as Super Warner Bros. meleeat the top of the sales charts for July 2022, according to data tracking company NPD.

Released last month after an open beta period, MultiVersus is a platform fighter in the same vein as Nintendo’s perennially popular Super Smash Bros. series. The gimmick is a selection with a lot of different franchises in the same way – in this case all from under Warner Bros.’ vaulted ceilings. You can play as characters from for example Adventure Time (Finn the human, Jake the dog), Rick and Morty (Rick, Morty), Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny, the Tasmanian Devil) the expanded DC universe (Batman, Superman, Bosa others), and more. confusing, MultiVersus also stars The Iron Giant‘s very peaceful Iron Giant.

unlike Nickelodeon All-Star BrawlNickelodeon’s similar cross-franchise foray into fighting games, MultiVersus has been wildly popular, which amounts to a estimated 12 million players since launch. (At the moment of writing, All Star Brawl has 13 active players, according to the stats tracking site SteamDB.) MultiVersus is also one of the most played titles on Valve’s Steam Deck handheld, though fighting games on handheld machines kinda suck. The power of free to play.

Of course, the $0 price tag isn’t a hard cash for publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Sales were boosted last month by the Founders Pack, which starts at $40 depending on the edition you get, and gives access to characters in the roster.

It’s unclear how many individual Founders Packs have been sold, or what the total dollar amount is, as NPD has not disclosed those figures. But MultiVersus still lagging other 2022 sales giants Like it Elden Ring, Pokemon Legends: Arceusand Horizon Forbidden West, years to date. In fact, although it topped the charts in July, MultiVersus is not in the top 20 best-selling games of the year.

Representatives of NPD did not respond to a request for comment.

The shadow over all this, of course, is the misery at Warner Bros. Interactive, a part of WarnerMedia, which was recently part of a $43 billion merger with Discovery earlier this year. This has caused a shock to the entertainment industry, leading to essentially completed films being shelved (REST IN PEACE batgirl) and popular shows being removed from the HBO Max streaming service (REST IN PEACE Good enough).

But WB’s games department seems to be doing just fine. In addition to MultiVersusthe family-friendly Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, which came out in April, was the third best-selling game last month. There are also more potential juggernauts in the pipeline. In October, Warner Bros. Interactive off Gotham Knights, an open world co-op action game set in a version of DC canon where Batman is dead. (Despite indications of a loot grind, Gotham Knights looks pretty cool.) That will be followed next year by a game based on suicide squadDC’s contingent of antiheroes.


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