We might be entering GTA V’s 10th year but it is still selling millions. Grand Theft Auto V was the fifth best selling game in the UK throughout all of 2022 according to the official charts released by data company GSD via gamesindustry.biz.
Despite extremely strong competition from huge new releases such as FIFA 23 and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, GTA V held its own. It sold more than new releases such as God of War Ragnarok, Horizon: Forbidden West, Pokémon Legends: Arceus and more. This chart data includes all physical and digital sales on all platforms aside from Nintendo’s digital copies so it’s quite an accurate representation of these games are doing.
In comparison to the previous year, Grand Theft Auto V has dropped down two places. It was the third best selling game of 2021 in the UK but faced much tougher competition this year. Both Elden Ring and LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga released in Spring 2022 and have performed extremely well worldwide. It makes sense to see GTA V down two places as these couple of games enter the charts.
This chart is not the only one that GTA V did well in during 2022. It was watched over 1 billion hours total on Twitch throughout 2022. You can read more on that story here.
Red Dead is not dead yet
Red Dead Redemption II is a curious case. We’ve known for some time it has sold well since its release in 2018 but Rockstar have not released any major new Red Dead Online content in well over a year. On top of that they announced in 2022 there would be no more new content despite the community’s efforts with the #SaveRedDeadOnline campaign.
This western masterpiece was the ninth best selling game in the UK in terms of physical and digital sales combined. This is down just three places compared to 2021 even though 2022 saw far more new, major releases. This all follows our report that Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online recorded its highest ever concurrent player count at the end of November 2022. It was also recently revealed that Red Dead Redemption 2 has sold over 46 million copies as we reported on here. If you’re wondering what’s happening in Red Dead Online this month you can check out our rundown here.
Interestingly, GTA V game was the third best selling digital game overall but was not in the top ten at all for physical copies. In 2021 it was in second place for digital and tenth for physical. Meanwhile Red Dead Redemption 2 was the seventh best selling digital game. It did not feature in the physical top 10 charts either. RDR2 did not feature in 2022’s physical only charts but did come sixth for digital. The full 2022 charts courtesy of gamesindustry.biz are shown here.
|1||FIFA 23||1||FIFA 23||1||FIFA 23|
|2||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2||2||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2||2||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2|
|3||LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga||3||Grand Theft Auto 5||3||LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga|
|4||Elden Ring||4||Elden Ring||4||Nintendo Switch Sports|
|5||Grand Theft Auto 5||5||LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga||5||Pokémon Legends: Arceus|
|6||God of War Ragnarok||6||FIFA 22||6||God of War Ragnarok|
|7||FIFA 22||7||Red Dead Redemption 2||7||Mario Kart 8: Deluxe|
|8||Horizon: Forbidden West||8||God of War Ragnarok||8||Pokémon Violet|
|9||Red Dead Redemption 2||9||F1 22||9||Horizon: Forbidden West|
|10||Nintendo Switch Sports||10||WWE 2K22||10||Elden Ring|
Both GTA V and Red Dead 2 were in the top 20 most played games on Steam Deck in December 2022.
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