Sales of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare down 48.4% over Black Ops III

While it’s becoming harder to get excited about new Call of Duty games, it’s still exciting to see how well they perform at launch.

In short, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is no record breaker. It managed to claim the UK chart’s top spot, dethroning Battlefield 1 in the process, and enjoys the second biggest release of the year after FIFA 17. However, sales were down a colossal 48.4% over last year’s Black Ops III.

This isn’t quite as bad as it sounds – Activision predicted weaker sales this year, due to Infinite Warfare being part of a new sub-brand.

Chart-Track believes the lack of last-gen versions has also had a small impact.

As the likes of Eurogamer have pointed out, it’s likely to be down to backlash against the IW’s futuristic setting. The launch trailer had a negative reception. The decision to make Modern Warfare Remastered available only with the premium priced Legacy Edition didn’t go down well either.

The UK chart sees just one other new entry this week – Football Manager 2017 at #6.

There’s lots of shuffling going on elsewhere though. Skylanders Imaginators is up from #19 to #7 due to a price drop, Farming Simulator 2017 and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 have left the top ten – dropping to #17 and #20 respectively – while World of Final Fantasy currently sits at #28, down from #11.

Last week’s Just Dance 2017 isn’t performing as well as we expected either, falling from #26 to #33. Maybe disco is dead after all.

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