Madden NFL 20 topped the charts for U.S. digital sales of PlayStation 4 games for the month of August, making it the best-selling title for two consecutive months.
Madden NFL’s yearly success comes down to a stroke of perfect timing (nudged between the highs of E3 and the flurry of Fall releases), a voracious American market, and no competing football sim to knock it off the top spot.
This dominance is unlikely to carry over into September, as Madden NFL 20 squares off with the anticipated release of heavy hitters Gears 5 and Borderlands 3 alongside the usual deluge of EA Sports titles like FIFA 20, NHL20, and 2K’s NBA 2K20 that draw huge player interest.
Nevertheless, two months running is no small feat and goes to show just how popular the franchise remains despite introducing very few new features and offering very much the same package as last year’s Madden NFL 19.
According to the post published on Sony’s PlayStation blog portal revealing August’s top downloads, Madden NFL 20 is in good company.
Evergreen sellers Minecraft and Grand Theft Auto V took the second and third spots, respectively. And this despite launching way back in 2014 in Minecraft’s case and 2013 in Grand Theft Auto V’s case. The two titles systematically land near the upper half of the chart month after month, a testament to their popularity and ongoing relevance.
One surprise is Star Wars Battlefront II landing the 16th spot, thanks presumably to a well-received, and not say much needed, update to the game.
Newcomers and updated titles didn’t fare too badly either. No Man’s Sky’s highly anticipated VR-enabled Beyond update catapulted the space fairing adventure to the 15th spot, while The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan made the top 20 in its first month of release.