The Outer Worlds was confirmed as commercial success by Take-Two Interactive already but the combination of digital and physical sales in the US market sheds more light on that success. Obsidian's RPG is second only to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
Matt Piscatella went on another stat sharing spree with various charts on Twitter, all originating from NPD Group's research. One chart in particular proved to be interesting - the Top 20 sellers in October 2019.
While Take-Two Interactive's financial report stated that The Outer Worlds was a success , we didn't quite have a clear picture of how it compared to its peers. The only comparison that was available recently was the UK sales charts where The Outer Worlds came in fifth. The catch is that this chart only took physical copy sales into account.
Considering the shift to digital distribution in the last few years, it was clear we were not getting the whole picture but at least it was something. Enter the top 20 in the US market for October 2019 , where both digital and physical copies are accounted for.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was the top seller on the ladder, with The Outer Worlds in second place. One interesting detail is that both games released on 25 October 2019, just six days before the tally for the month would be done and they still topped the ladder.
While #2 means you didn't win it all, it is still a great success for a completely new IP from Obsidian Entertainment. Call of Duty is a well-established annual franchise that barely ever falters. Even when it does, it manages to get into the top 10 most disliked YouTube videos .
Considering that US gaming market is the biggest in the world next to Chinese, it is no wonder Take-Two were impressed by the sales. However, it will be Microsoft who will reap the rewards of any potential sequels which may be for the best due to The Outer Worlds' focus on delivering a full experience with no microtransactions attached.