A history of violence – Mortal Kombat X enjoys biggest ever franchise launch

Battlefield: Hardline has been knocked off the UK chart top spot by Mortal Kombat X. Knocked into a vat of boiling acid, presumably.

Warner Bros. must be pleased – it had the biggest ever launch for a Mortal Kombat title, and also the second biggest launch of the year so far behind Battlefield. And that’s despite the PS3/360 versions being delayed until later in the year.

Sales were spilt 61% on PS4, 38% on Xbox One and just 1% on PC. As always though, digital download sales aren’t included.

The PC version of GTA V has seemingly helped Rockstar’s crime caper rise back up to #2. Battlefield now sits at #3 with FIFA 15 and Bloodborne rounding off the top five.

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection departs the top ten this week, falling from #9 to #11.

After making a surprise top ten re-appearance following a surge in console bundle sales, Forza Horizon 2 and Halo: MMC likewise depart, dropping to #13 and #14 respectively.

As for other recent new top 40 arrivals, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the Second Sin is now at #17 while Ride falls one place to #19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD meanwhile re-enters at #33 due to price cuts.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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