NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment were proudly boasting about the launch of Mortal Kombat 11 being the best selling game during launch that both companies produced. Numbers are still scarce, but SuperData seemed to reveal how many digital units Mortal Kombat 11 moved during April.
VentureBeat is reporting that Mortal Kombat 11 moved 1.8 million digital units across PC, PS4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch. This is reportedly up from the 500,000 digital units that Mortal Kombat X moved back in 2015 during its launch.
According to the NPD Group the game topped the charts in April on home consoles both at retail and digitally, and the data tracking firm stated that Mortal Kombat 11 was 2019’s second best-selling game of the year behind Kingdom Hearts 3. However, the retail sales for the game in the U.K., were down 43.6% compared to Mortal Kombat X, so those across the pond may be trapped in a culture war at the moment but they at least seem to have more discerning tastes in withholding the wallet than their counterparts elsewhere.
We can sort of get an idea of how much Mortal Kombat 11 sold based on how many units Kingdom Hearts 3 moved. According to VGR Square Enix’s JRPG sold over 5 million copies, which means that Mortal Kombat 11 moved less than 5 million units. We also know that out of those 1.8 million digital units, less than 200,000 of those were from PC, according to Steam Spy. So we can surmise that 1.6 million of those dfigital units are at least attributed to PS4 and Xbox One.
We know that the game moved more units than The Division 2, which is the third best-selling game of the year, but that game failed to meet Ubisoft’s internal sales expectations, as reported by Forbes.
So that likely means that Mortal Kombat 11‘s could be anywhere between 3 and 4 million units sold. It’s still not quite up to Mortal Kombat X’s total sales, and a lot of that will depend on whether or not it can maintain any sort of sales momentum during the month of May leading into June where some highly anticipated games like Super Mario Maker 2 are expected to drop.
Given a lot of controversy surrounding Mortal Kombat 11’s propaganda and the grind, we’ll see if positive or negative word of mouth is what will be the deciding sales factor for May once the NPD numbers become available in June.
(Thanks for the news tip Mechani Kong)