UK Charts 14/11/20: For the first time in years, Call of Duty is not #1 at launch

We haven’t been posting the charts for a while as, well, no one reads them, but we’re making an exception this week as something monumental has happened. For the first time in a very, very long time, Call of Duty has not topped the charts in it’s launch week and has been beaten by Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

We knew Valhalla had done well as Ubisoft’s had reported the day one player count had smashed that of it’s predecessor, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, with double the number of players. According Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has sold 65% less boxed product than that of last years release, but Activision have countered this saying Cold War “set a new record as the highest first day digital sales worldwide in franchise history”.


Call of Duty missing the top spot is not the only oddity this week as the sales include PlayStation 5 games, even though the console is not out, so Spider-Man: Miles Morales grabs third place with 71% of those being for the PlayStation 5 version of the game. Demon Souls, which is only on PlayStation 5, manages to chart in sixth place, and Sackboy: A Big Adventure just misses the top ten at number thirteen. Sales of PlayStation 5 games accounted for 19% of all sales.

Further down the chart, Godfall lands at No.16, Yakuza: Like A Dragon makes No.20, and sadly Codemaster’s Dirt 5 has dropped out of the charts just one week after it was released, a surprise when it was pushed hard on Xbox Series X.

Here is the GfK Top Ten for the week ending November 14th:

Last Week This Week Title
New Entry 1 Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
New Entry 2 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
New Entry 3 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
1 4 FIFA 21
2 5 Animal Crossing: New Horizons
New Entry 6 Demon’s Souls
6 7 Super Mario 3D All-Stars
3 8 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
5 9 Minecraft (Switch)
4 10 Watch Dogs: Legion

Source: GI.Biz

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  1. I wonder if this is also a consequence of Activision’s increased prices for the next gen? Valhalla seems to be about 10-15 quid cheaper than COD.

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