September was the start of the busy fall season for video game releases, but the top grossing game wasn’t even released this year. Research company SuperData has released its top-grossing games worldwide for the month, and found that Destiny 2 beat out all of them on consoles. It won out over notable competition like Spider-Man and Fortnite.
Obviously, this wasn’t just players spontaneously picking up last year’s loot-shooter. Destiny 2 had the Forsaken launch near the beginning of the month, so that likely carried it through. It also has the Eververse store, the cosmetic shop that has been ongoing and isn’t comparable to anything offered in Spider-Man. Plus as of the time Forsaken launched, players needed to purchase old DLC to start playing it, which likely helped. Bungie and Activision have since changed that requirement.
Still, beating the competition is no small feat. Spidey broke both internal Sony and industry-wide NPD sales records. Fortnite has been an ongoing massive hit, with momentum continuing from month to month thanks to changing seasons and special events. Fortnite may have done even better in the sales charts, in fact, but Season 6 launched near the end of the month of September and so it didn’t have a full month of players re-upping their Battle Passes or purchasing other cosmetic rewards.
Destiny 2 is also on PC, which didn’t make the list. Plus Fortnite, which is available just about everywhere, is relatively low on the PC list and didn’t make the cut at all on mobile.
Sandwiched between Spider-Man at #2 and Fortnite at #4 is FIFA 19. The soccer franchise is a big annual release for EA Sports, and it includes the popular (and lucrative) Ultimate Team feature. Other top-earners on console for the month include NBA 2K19 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
SuperData Top Grossing Console Games September 2018
- Destiny 2
- Marvel’s Spider-Man
- FIFA 19
- Fortnite Battle Royale
- NBA 2K19
- FIFA 18
- Call of Duty: WWII
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- Grand Theft Auto V
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds