The best-selling video game last month was a free-to-play fighter from a company in flux. Yes, MultiVersus, also known as Super Warner Bros. Melee, topped the sales charts for July 2022, according to data-tracking firm NPD.
Released last month following an open beta period, MultiVersus is a platform fighter in the same vein as Nintendo’s perennially popular Super Smash Bros. series. Its gimmick is a roster similarly featuring a ton of disparate franchises—in this case, all from under Warner Bros.’ vaulted ceilings. You can play as characters from the likes of AdventureTime (Finn the Human, Jake the Dog), Rick and Morty (Rick, Morty), Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny, the Tasmanian Devil) the DC extended universe (Batman, Superman, buncha others), and more. Confusingly, MultiVersus also stars The Iron Giant’s notably peaceful Iron Giant.
Unlike Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, Nickelodeon’s similar cross-franchise foray into fighting games, MultiVersus has been incandescently popular, tallying an estimated 12 million players since launch. (As of this writing, All-Star Brawl has 13 active players, according to stat-tracking site SteamDB.) MultiVersus is also one of the most-played titles on Valve’s Steam Deck handheld—even though fighting games on handheld machines kinda suck. The power of free-to-play.