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Despite Glowing Reception, Death Stranding Doesn’t Make Top Selling Games For December 2019


This past November was over flown from the highly-anticipated release of Kojima Productions’ first software release of Death Stranding. The game since its initial release back in 2017 grabbed the bevy of grow PlayStation 4 owners seeing that this new project will include The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus to star as the game’s protagonist. Placing as a virtual successor to the cancelled Silent Hills which both Hideo Kojima and Reedus were previously involved with.

Once embargo broke for the game for the critics, Kojima’s first self-developed title was met with glowing reception ranging from near perfect score atop of nominations for Game of the Year. Fans as well showed to be very invested in the title through their input on social media regarding the game’s world and in-depth storytelling. However, leading into 2020, the game did underperform unexpectedly.

According to a report from the NPD Group, December 2019’s top ten selling titles were revealed, but Death Stranding unfortunately did not make the cut.

Although titles which released in the same timeframe as Death Stranding made the list like Electronic Arts’ Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the same cannot be said for the Sony interactive Entertainment title. This is fairly odd to witness seeing as prior installments from the publisher like God of War & Marvel’s Spider-Man last year received similar reception, but yet does not apply to Death Stranding.

The list also contains older titles that still made the list such as 2018’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Mario Kart 8 which is assumed to be the Switch iteration, Deluxe. Other previously released titles like January’s Kingdom Hearts 3 and march’s The Division 2 also are ranked December 2019’s best selling surprisingly.

The least surprising reveal comes from Modern Warfare as the title is pitted the best-selling game of the month. Additionally, the NPD Group also disclosed the best-selling titles of the past decade, disclosing that out of the 20 games listed, half is from the Call of Duty franchise. You can read the full report by heading here.

Did you pick up Death Stranding since it launched last year?

Source: NPD Games

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