We knew that Elden Ring was going to be big, but not this big. The action RPG raced straight to the top of the UK physical charts earlier this week, but according to both physical and digital data compiled by GSD, Elden Ring is actually enjoying the biggest launch of any non-FIFA or Call of Duty title since Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018. Wow.
Apparently, Elden Ring has sold 2.5x better than Horizon Forbidden West, which topped the charts just a week earlier — although it's obviously worth keeping in mind that Horizon is a PlayStation exclusive title.
Elden Ring also beat out previous heavy hitters Assassin's Creed Valhalla (November 2020) and Cyberpunk 2077 (December 2020), which is incredibly impressive when you consider the mass appeal of both games. Reportedly, over 60 per cent of Elden Ring's sales have been digital, which makes sense when you consider the PC version.
The only potential spanner in the works here is that Nintendo doesn't share digital data, so it's possible that Switch exclusive titles may have outperformed FromSoftware's latest over the last couple of years as well.
Still, this one heck of a success story. Souls games have been fairly popular since the days of the original Dark Souls, but they've never received this kind of mainstream attention.