The holidays are right around the corner, which typically means lots of new video game releases to buy for the gamer on your list.
But which holiday-release games will perform the best this year? To find out, CivicScience surveyed thousands of Americans ages 18 to 54 about their likelihood to buy this year’s most anticipated new releases.
First up, the new PlayStation 5 releases. Call of Duty: Vanguard (Nov. 5) led the way, with 11% of U.S. adults surveyed saying they plan to buy (or already bought) the game for themselves or someone else this holiday.
Call of Duty: Vanguard was also the most popular holiday release for the Xbox Series X, with Riders Republic (Oct. 28) taking second place again. Perhaps somewhat alarmingly, the latest entry to the flagship Xbox franchise, Halo Infinite (Dec. 8), isn’t garnering much interest yet. However, it’s important to note that most of the as-yet-unreleased games in these surveys performed worse than the games that had already been released.
And, last but not least, the Nintendo Switch. While it was less popular on other consoles, Guardians of the Galaxy (Oct. 26) was the top holiday release for the Switch – possibly speaking to the console’s target demographics. The Nintendo-exclusive RPG Shin Megami Tensei V (Nov. 12) was right on its heels, and the new Pokemon releases not far behind.
CivicScience will continue to keep an eye on the latest developments in gaming in the months ahead.