Despite there being four brand new games in the chart this week Anthem, developed by Bioware and published by EA, has retained the top position in the physical retail chart.
FIFA 19 rose to second place this week from third the previous week, but still couldn’t beat Anthem for the top position. Anthem even saw a drop in sales of 71 percent week-on-week. For the second week in a row Far Cry New Dawn, from Ubisoft, has dropped a position, leaving it currently sitting in third place behind FIFA 19.
The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame was the highest charting game out of the new releases for this week, entering in fourth. The game sold the most copies on PlayStation 4, with 59 percent of all sales being for the platform. Considering this is an own-brand LEGO title, and not one associated with a larger franchise such as Marvel or DC, this is an impressive first week.
Another new release, Dirt Rally 2.0 from Codemasters, entered the chart in sixth place, just behind Red Dead Redemption 2 in fifth. Similarly to The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame, 59 percent of the game’s sales were for PlayStation 4. Dirt Rally 2.0 was actually the second best game in terms of revenue this week, right behind Anthem, due to it having a higher retail price than The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame, Far Cry New Dawn, Red Dead Redemption 2, and FIFA 19.
A new entry from Ubisoft, Trials Rising: Gold Edition, made it to tenth in the UK sales chart this week. The game sold fairly evenly across all platforms, with 39 percent of all copies sold for PlayStation 4, 33 percent for Xbox One, and 28 percent for Nintendo Switch. How close these sales are demonstrates the evening split between console market shares, though since the Nintendo Switch is mean to be a secondary console it’s likely that some consumers are choosing this platform for convenience.
The final new game for the week, Dead or Alive 6 from Tecmo Koei, entered the chart in twenty-first place, well out of the top ten. The game sold under half the units the previous entry to the series, Dead or Alive 5, sold in 2012. Considering that the UK charts don’t factor in digital sales it’s likely that the total units sold are far higher. 73 percent of the game’s physical sales were for the PlayStation 4 version.
A more extended list of top sellers can be found here.