Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 set a new global sales record on the PlayStation Store at launch, while its first weekend at UK retail represented an 11 year low for the franchise. What can we infer from this? Either the British public has fallen out of love with Activision’s first-person shooter series (unlikely) or consumers are really starting to switch to digital storefronts now (likely).
Chart-Track only has access to physical data for the time being, though, so the latest UK sales charts tell us that Black Ops 4 sold 59 per cent fewer boxed copies than its 2015 predecessor, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. Not only that, but it’s the weakest opening for a Call of Duty game in the British retail sector since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – which is, of course, the game that catapulted the series into the mainstream.
Despite the doom and gloom around the data, it only took a single weekend for Black Ops 4 to become the second best-selling game of the year in the UK – it trails only the untouchable FIFA 19. An impressive 58 per cent of copies were sold on the PS4, while this week’s other big new release WWE 2K19 enjoyed 66 per cent of its sales on Sony’s system. The wrestling game debuted in fourth position.
UK Sales Charts: Week Ending 13th October, 2018
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
- FIFA 19
- Assassin's Creed Odyssey
- WWE 2K19
- Forza Horizon 4
- Marvel's Spider-Man
- Super Mario Party
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe