April was a good month for a few, but a bad month overall according to the NPD sales results for the month.
Both April launches, Dark Souls III and Ratchet and Clank, sold extremely well and landing at the top of the software sales, though overall hardware and software sales were down 15 percent compared to April 2015.
“Ratchet & Clank had the best launch of any game in the Ratchet & Clank franchise when adjusting for the number of days sold in the data month, with sales recapturing success not seen for the franchise since the height of the PlayStation 2 era,” said NPD analyst Liam Callahan. It was also noted that Dark Souls III sold nearly twice as many copies as Dark Souls II did at launch.
These are the official sales number for the month of April 2016:
Here are the numbers:
- Hardware: $142.1 million in March 2016 (down 23 percent from $183.7 million)
- Software: $203.9 million in March 2016 (down 21 percent from $256.7 million)
- Accessories: $157.6 million in March 2016 (up 4 percent from $157.6 million
“Hardware sales declined 23 percent compared to April 2015, with the majority of the decline due to a 19 percent or $30.4 million decline in console hardware sales,” said Callahan. “Compared to last year, dollar spending for [current-generation] consoles decreased by 15 percent with an over 70 percent decline in [last-generation] consoles. Portables also dropped by $11.3 million in sales over last April.”