NPD: State of Decay 2 is May 2018's Best-Selling Game, Even With Game Pass Launch

NPD: State of Decay 2 is May 2018's Best-Selling Game, Even With Game Pass Launch

Even though it was offered through Game Pass, State of Decay 2 moved a lot of units.

The NPD sales numbers are out for May and surprise, State of Decay 2 was the top selling game of the month, beating out games like God of War and Detroit: Become Human.

State of Decay 2 was May's best-selling game and had launch sales double that of the first State of Decay. God of War and Detroit: Become Human were the second and third best-selling games of May. God of War is also the second best-selling game year to date, trailing only Far Cry 5.

State of Decay 2

State of Decay 2's success is even more impressive considering how it's the second Microsoft exclusive to launch on Xbox Game Pass where players can get access to first party Xbox exclusives on day one. Sea of Thieves developers Rare revealed that Sea of Thieves also sold well alongside its Games Pass launch, so perhaps the same is the case with State of Decay 2.

Nintendo Switch software also had the highest software revenue in May for any Nintendo platform since the Wii in May 2011. Remember though that NPD does not track digital sales for Nintendo platforms, meaning that software sales are likely higher considering the eShop's growth on the Switch.

Best-selling games of May 2018

  • State of Decay 2
  • God of War 2018
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Far Cry 5
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze*
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition*
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege
  • Mario Kart 8
  • NBA 2K18

Best-selling games on Xbox One for May 2018

  • State of Decay 2
  • Far Cry 5
  • Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege
  • Call of Duty: WWII
  • Overwatch
  • Sea of Thieves
  • NBA 2K18
  • FIFA 18

Best-selling games on PlayStation 4 for May 2018

  • God of War 2018
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Far Cry 5
  • MLB 18: The Show
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • FIFA 18
  • NBA 2K18
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege
  • Call of Duty: WWII
  • Overwatch

Best-selling Games on Nintendo Switch* for May 2018

  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition
  • Mario Kart 8
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Splatoon 2
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • Labo Toy-Con 01 Variety Kit
  • Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  • Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Best-selling Games on Nintendo 3DS for May 2018

  • Pokemon: Ultra Sun
  • Pokemon: Ultra Moon
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux
  • Mario Kart 7
  • Super Smash Bros.
  • Detective Pikachu
  • Super Mario 3D Land
  • Super Mario Maker
  • Minecraft
  • Mario Party: The Top 100

*=Digital sales not included

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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