In the UK, Cyberpunk 2077 burst to the top of the retail charts last week and became the second largest boxed game launch in 2020, according to analyst firm GfK.
Long-awaited sci-fi action RPG studio CD Projekt RED bypassed the previous second largest launch – The Last of Us Part II. But it couldn’t match the launch sales of FIFA 21, which debuted its biggest in 2020. It should be borne in mind that a large number of sales of Cyberpunk 2077 fell on the PC in the form of a digital version, and therefore is not tracked by an analytical firm. Ratio of retail copies sold: 60% for PlayStation 4, 35% for Xbox One, and the remainder for PC.
The most successful boxed releases in the UK in 2020 are FIFA 21, Cyberpunk 2077, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.
All top 10 games, with the exception of Cyberpunk 2077 and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, dropped in sales from the previous week.
Immortals Fenyx Rising dropped from 11th to 17th in the previous week with a 45% drop in sales (which is a relatively small drop for the game in its second week of sales). The Nintendo Switch version has performed best this week, and overall is the most popular platform for Ubisoft’s action-adventure games. Perhaps it’s because of the similarity of the game to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Top 10 for the week ending December 12:
- Cyberpunk 2077;
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War;
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons;
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla;
- FIFA 21;
- Just Dance 2021;
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe;
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales;
- Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition;
- Super Mario 3D All-Stars.
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