This year’s FIFA is not going to be a record-breaker, even though it’s already the best-selling video game of the year in the UK.
There was never any doubt what this week’s number one would be, but it’s the degree of FIFA 19’s success that’s the question in the latest UK top 40.
Physical sales – which is all these charts track – are down 25% on FIFA 18, which is a massive drop. It’s normal to see sequel sales fall, as digital sales take up a larger and larger percentage, but a 25% drop in just a year is extreme.
It could be that, for whatever reason, this year’s sequel is less popular than usual but what’s also likely to be a factor is that there’s less of a difference between the physical and digital price this year – with major UK supermarkets not offering the significant price cuts they have in the past.
In terms of format sales the PlayStation 4 dominated with a commanding 64%, as the series is now marketed in conjunction with Sony. That left the Xbox One on 35% and the Nintendo Switch on just 1%.
Marvel’s Spider-Man dropped to number two in the all-formats charts (the individual format charts aren’t in yet), but at the same time it overtook Far Cry 5 to be the second best-selling game of the year, behind only FIFA 19.
In third place Shadow Of The Tomb Raider has held on well since it’s disappointing debut, suggesting relatively strong word of mouth.
The second new entry of the week is Valkryia Chronicles 4, which managed to get to number nine in the all formats chart. The PlayStation 4 accounted for 54% of sales, but it was the Switch that was in second place with 39%, followed by just 7% for the Xbox One.
Neither the Switch or Xbox One has had a Valkyria Chronicles game before (although the Xbox One did get Valkryia Revolution) but the large disparity in sales suggests that the audience for more niche Japanese-made games is larger on the Switch.
The only other new entry of the week was the Switch version of Dragon Ball FighterZ, which pushed the game back up to number 29 in the all formats chart.
Although FIFA is unlikely to leave the top 10 until well into next year it rarely keeps the number one spot for long and next week is likely to belong to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, with Xbox One exclusive Forza Horizon 4 also bound to do well.
UK all formats chart – 29 September
1 (-) FIFA 19 (PS4/XO/NS/360/PS3)
2 (1) Marvel’s Spider-Man (PS4)
3 (2) Shadow Of The Tomb Raider (XO/PS4)
4 (4) Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (XO/PS4/NS/PC)
5 (6) Grand Theft Auto V (PS4/XO/360/PS3/PC)
6 (5) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (NS)
7 (21)The Elder Scrolls Online (PS4/PC/XO)
8 (4) NBA 2K19 (PS4/XO/NS)
9 (-) Valkyria Chronicles 4 (PS4/NS/XO)
10(18)Minecraft: Xbox Edition (XO/360)
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