Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Tops 2016’s Best-Selling Games

by Robert Workman


A lot of people had doubts that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare would be able to keep up the sales momentum of previous games in the series, mainly due to its newly added outer space theme. But, surprise, Activision and Infinity Ward delivered once again, as the game ended up being a huge seller for 2016.

Earlier today, we reported the news that 2016 was a record setting year for video game revenue as a whole, with $30.4 billion for the year (up from 2015’s $30.2 billion), and $24.5 billion coming from overall video game software, including digital downloads, physical copies and mobile games.

The company reported that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was the biggest selling title for the year, although it had Final Fantasy XV breathing heavily down its neck. “Final Fantasy XV was the best-selling game for the PS4 during the month,” noted NPD analyst Sam Naji. “Final Fantasy XV was the second best-selling title for December 2016. (It) experienced the best console launch month in the history of the franchise selling 19 percent more new physical units than Final Fantasy XIII in its launch month and 54 percent more in total dollar revenue including digital game sales.”

The NPD Group’s top selling games for the year were as follows:

  1. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  2. Battlefield 1
  3. Tom Clancy’s The Division
  4. NBA 2K17
  5. Madden NFL 17
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. Overwatch
  8. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  9. FIFA 17
  10. Final Fantasy XV 

That said, Battlefield 1 was a close second on the charts, and enjoyed a ten percent higher dollar spending over the previous year’s release of Star Wars: Battlefront, making it once of DICE’s bigger games ever put to market. And that success will likely continue this year with Battlefront II already on the way to a fall release this year.

The big surprises here are two holdovers that didn’t release in 2016: Grand Theft Auto V, which continues to be an enormous success for Rockstar Games, and Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops III, which thrived mainly due to the addition of various DLC packs. More than likely, Infinite Warfare will continue to make it onto 2017’s best seller list by this time next year.

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.