This week sees the return of Rockstar and Take 2 to No1 thanks to the Gen 8 Tuesday release of ‘GTA V’.
Even before this week the 360/PS3 versions of this game held the record for highest-grossing game in a week (£94m total UK estimate – week 38, 2013) and also the all-time UK revenue record, reached after just 28 weeks to overtake ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’. In terms of all time units ‘GTA V’ was right behind ‘Black Ops’, so much so that just the Tuesday sales of ‘GTA V’ on PS4/XO were enough to also claim the all-time unit sales record in the UK.
The other big event launch from Tuesday was Ubisoft’s multi-format ‘Far Cry 4’, the first in the series to launch outside of the traditional Friday launch day. The original ‘Far Cry’ launched as a PC-only game in 2004 and the series has been growing in sales success with each iteration, with ‘Far Cry 2’ launched in 2008 (360/PS3/PC) and ‘Far Cry 3’ arriving in 2012 (360/PS3/PC). ‘Far Cry 4’ is by far the most successful in terms of week1 sales, which bodes well for the Q4 sales season. Activision’s ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ (-41%) drops to No3 after 2 weeks at the top, followed at No4 by non-mover ‘FIFA 15’ from EA (+25%). There are more big new releases this week with a debut at No5 for EA’s ‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’, selling almost exactly the same in week 1 as 2011’s ‘Dragon Age II’.
2K/Take 2 climb 13 places to No7 thanks to the new Gen 8 versions of ‘WWE 2K15’ (+554%) and Warner climb 12 places to No11 thanks to the new Gen 7 versions of ‘Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor’ (+204%).