Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla has done something that no other game has done in 13 years. It was the first to outsell Call of Duty in the game’s United Kingdom release weekend. Valhalla got released a few days ahead, but it still is a huge surprise. Currently, digital sales are not included, so going by pure boxed sales, the latest Ubisoft entry was able to outsell the gaming giant. The pandemic has shifted a large number of sales to digital, so we will see if this still changes. Still, the latest Assassin’s Creed game has doubled that of its predecessor, Odyssey. 18% of its sales were for the PlayStation 5 version even though that console won’t release for another week.
Activision Blizzard’s Anna Malmhake did highlight that the latest Call of Duty did set a brand new record as their highest first-day digital sales worldwide. It’s boxed sales in the UK, however, was down by 64% in comparison to 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. In third place, Spider-Man: Miles Morales’ sales were down by 56% to 2018’s entry, but 71% of its sales were for the PS5 ahead of its release. The next-gen exclusives Demon’s Souls was the 6th best-seller while Godfall only ranked at 16.
Nintendo continues to remain on the top ten, like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, and its Minecraft version. Watch Dogs: Legion dropped in sales by 36%. Overall, the UK saw a week-on-week increase of 96% in sales. PS5 games even accounted for 19% of all games sold even with the console’s belated release in Europe. It’ll be interesting to see how the next-gen launch in the US has performed.
Source: Games Industry