The best-selling video game last month was a free-to-play fighter from a company in flux. Yes, MultiVersusalso known as Super Warner Bros. Meleetopped the sales charts for July 2022, according to data tracking firm NPD.
Released last month after an open beta period, MultiVersus is a platformer in the same vein as Nintendo’s ever-popular Super Smash Bros. series. The gimmick is a list that similarly features a ton of different franchises—in this case, everything from Warner Bros. vaulted ceilings. You can play as characters from the likes of Adventure Time (Finn the Human, Jake the Dog), Rick and Morty (Rick, Morty), Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny, the Tasmanian Devil) the DC Extended Universe (Batman, Superman, buncha others) and more. Confusingly, MultiVersus also stars The iron giantis particularly peaceful Iron Giant.
Unlike Nickelodeon All-Star BrawlNickelodeon’s similar cross-franchise foray into fighting games, MultiVersus has been fervently popular, and shows a estimated 12 million players since launch. (As of this writing, All-Star Brawl has 13 active players, according to the stats tracking page SteamDB.) MultiVersus are also one of the most played titles on Valve’s Steam Deck handheld – although fighting games on handhelds are pretty tough. The power of free to play.
Of course, the $0 price tag doesn’t dump any cash for publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Sales were spurred 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 were sold, or what the total dollar amount came to, since NPD didn’t disclose those numbers. But MultiVersus still tracking other sales giants in 2022 as Fire Ring, Pokemon Legends: Arceusand Horizon Forbidden West, year to date. In fact, although it topped the charts for July, MultiVersus is not among the 20 best-selling games of the year.
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Overshadowing all of this, of course, is the woes of Warner Bros. Interactive, a subdivision of WarnerMedia, which was recently part of a $43 billion merger with Discovery earlier this year. This has sent tremors through the entertainment industry, resulting in essentially completed films being shelved (REST IN PEACE Bat girl) and popular shows are removed from the HBO Max streaming service (REST IN PEACE Close enough).
But WB’s game division is apparently doing just fine. Plus MultiVersusthe family friendly Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, which came out in April, was the third best-selling game last month. There are several potential juggernauts in the pipeline as well. In October, Warner Bros. will release Interactive Gotham Knights, a co-op open-world action game set in a version of the DC canon where Batman is dead. (Despite indications of a loot, Gotham Knights looks kinda cool.) It will be followed next year of a game based on Suicide squadDC’s contingent of anti-heroes.