Deep Silver and Koch Media plucked the publishing rights from THQ’s ashes, and it’s become the company’s third number one of the year; the only other publisher to match that count is EA. It’s quite the achievement for the German publisher.
Following behind is Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist, new at #2. Ubisoft might just be a touch disappointed with that.
Then at #3 it’s another new entry, Disney Infinity. Will Disney be pleased with that? We’re told that it sold 3.6 times more starter packs at launch than the original Skylanders. But it was Skylanders that built the audience for this sort of thing, and didn’t have the Disney mega-brand behind it. Only time will tell whether Disney can challenge Skylanders, but in the meantime Skylanders Giants is up 9 places this week to #16.
The top five is completed by a couple of familiar faces: Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition at #4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II at #5. Last week’s #1, Payday 2, is now all the way down at #18.
Back to the new entries, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified squeezes into the top ten at #10, and Wii U-exclusive The Wonderful 101 debuts at a modest #22. It is at least #1 in the Wii U chart.
And with the film in cinemas, Disney’s Planes makes a belated – and likely brief – appearance at #37.