FIFA 19 is back on top of the UK Gaming Charts, up four places thanks to the annual Black Friday sale. This also means that Battlefield 5 missed the top spot by quite a margin.
Over the past couple of days, the world has been awash with sales celebrating Black Friday and Cyber Monday for what feels like forever. This extended sale period has done wonders for UK video game sales too with 1.66 million boxed games sold, though revenue was down slightly compared to last year.
That being said, once again Chart-Track doesn’t count digital sales and heaven knows there were plenty of digital sales across all gaming storefronts – so this might have been a factor.
Discounts on titles such as FIFA 19, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and many more mean that Battlefield 5, which debuted last week, failed to actually break the top three coming in at fourth place bested by one game which didn’t get a discount over the Black Friday sales – Red Dead Redemption 2.
Adding to this, Battlefield 5 also saw a 63% drop in sales compared to Battlefield 1, adding to the growing tally of AAA games failing to impress at retail. Though again, with EA Games offering early access to EA/Origin Access subscribers as well as digital purchases, this might not be an accurate indication of the success of the game.
Battlefield 5 did, however, perform better in its first week compared to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Fallout 76.
In terms of other new releases, Farming Simulator 2019 debuted in sixteenth place followed by horror title, Bendy and the Ink Machine in thirtieth place.
Last week’s high placed titles have had a bit of a shake-up too, thanks to the sale, with Fallout 76 barely clinging onto seventh place likely thanks to the game being discounted for Black Friday. This puts the title just ahead of Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu which falls to eighth place.
What took the biggest hit was Spyro Reignited Trilogy which fell from first place to ninth place this week – presumably that means it won’t be repeating Crash Bandicoot‘s success at the top of the charts for a long time coming.
With sales coming to a close today, next week’s charts will likely be a little calmer, though with Red Dead Online launching today, Red Dead Redemption 2 will likely find its way to the top of the charts again.
Here’s the full rundown:
- FIFA 19
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Battlefield V
- Forza Horizon 4
- Fallout 76
- Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu
- Spyro Reignited Trilogy
- Mario Kart 8: Deluxe