After a few weeks without much competition, four major game releases (and a Fortnite bundle) took a tilt at Red Dead Redemption 2’s spot at the top of the chart. Given the grit of RDR2, it’s appropriate that two very family friendly games would depose the outlaw cowboy saga.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy has all the retro nostalgic appeal of Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy, and so it’s no surprise to see it listed at the top of the charts. But is it the true number one? Pokémon games have always had twinned releases, leading to them being split in the UK chart tracking sector, and so while Let’s Go Pikachu debuted in fourth and Let’s Go Eevee came in sixth, combining the two would have bumped them to the top of the charts.
It led to a big push for Switch console sales as well, which in turn boosted other Switch games thanks to hardware bundles, but the opening week sales are down on the highs the series saw on 3DS – 60% down on Sun and Moon and 5% down on X and Y.
Things weren’t so rosy for the other new entrants this week. Fallout 76 debuted in third, but sales were down 82% on Fallout 4 – I wonder why? – and in tenth place, Hitman 2’s launch was down 90% on Hitman Absolution, which is the only real point of comparison when 2016’s Hitman was a digital only, episodic affair. In both cases, digital is likely to have made up a lot of ground, but for IO Interactive’s bald assassin, it’s not looking great.
With the weight of major games releasing over the last few weeks and months, it’s no real surprise that some are struggling. Game suggest that this could be people waiting to finish one game before moving onto the next, but you’d also have to say that this weekend’s Black Friday and the potential savings it offers is also a major factor in altering people’s buying habits. Battlefield V is out tomorrow, so next week’s charts will make very interesting viewing to see how it fared.
In the meantime, here’s the top 10:
|Last Week||This Week||Title|
|NE||1||Spyro Reignited Trilogy|
|1||2||Red Dead Redemption 2|
|NE||4||Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu|
|NE||6||Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee|
|2||7||Call of Duty: Black Ops 4|
|NE||8||Fortnite: Deep Freeze Bundle|
|6||9||Mario Kart 8 Deluxe|