The retail sector has been hit hard recently with physical sales of FIFA 19 and AC Odyssey down considerably over last yearâ€™s iterations. Amazingly, or perhaps alarmingly, not even the almighty Call of Duty can fill retailerâ€™s coffers with cash â€“ Call of Duty: Black Ops IIIIâ€™s physical sales were the franchiseâ€™s lowest in eleven years.
This doesnâ€™t necessarily mean CoD is suffering for franchise fatigue, however. Quite the contrary, in fact â€“ it has performed exceptionally well on the digital stores. The PS4 version became the fastest selling PSN download of all-time, while the Xbox One version was Activisionâ€™s biggest ever digital launch, beating Destiny 2. Sales of the PC edition were twice as high as CoD: WWII, meanwhile.
Our theory is that news of Black Ops IIIIâ€™s 50GB day one patch ushered many towards digital this year. The seriesâ€™ MP-only focus likely played a part in this, too.
GI.biz also reports that WWE 2K19â€™s sales have slumped over last year, this time by 37.5%. It still managed to chart at #4, though.
Typically, sales of FIFA, Call of Duty, WWE and Assassinâ€™s Creed see a boost in the run-up to Christmas due to new promotions, such as TV advertising. So there is some hope to regain some lost profits. Black Friday will doubtlessly give the retail sector a sizeable cash injection too, and letâ€™s not rule out RDR2 breaking sales records.
As you may have guessed, Black Ops IIIIâ€™s sales were still strong enough for it to take the UK chart top spot.
FIFA 19 fell to #2, while AC Odyssey also dropped one place down to #3. Forza Horizon 4 wasnâ€™t as lucky, falling two positions to #5.
Marvelâ€™s Spider-Man swung in at #6, Super Mario Party dropped to #7 during its second week on sale, Crash Bandicoot held onto #8, while Shadow of the Tomb Raider fell to #9. Then at #10 itâ€™s Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Square-Enixâ€™s The World Ends with You on Switch was the weekâ€™s only other top 40 new arrival, taking #22. Goosebumps: The Game did manage to take #20 in the Switch chart, however. Not bad going for a full price (!) conversion of a three-year-old game.