Anthem tops this week's chart with half of Andromeda's sales

Anthem tops this week's chart with half of Andromeda's sales

Postby dutchman » Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:48 pm

The boxed sales aren't staggering when it comes to the UK charts, but it's still top of the pile after fending off competition from the likes of Metro

We've just provided our review of Anthem this past week, and we've found out courtesy of that despite a mixed reception it has flown to the top of the UK boxed charts to claim the number one spot, with 54% of its sales coming from PS4, 40% on Xbox One, and the rest on PC.

Despite this first-place debut another report reveals that the game only managed half of the launch week sales of Mass Effect: Andromeda, Bioware's last game that was notorious for its disappointing reviews and itself sold half of what Mass Effect 3 managed. Insider ZhugeEX also claims that the game sold around 10% of what Destiny managed in its first week, with Anthem also selling around a quarter of what Destiny 2 achieved in its first week too.

There are a number of caveats to add here though. The landscape has changed a lot since the launch of 3 and even Andromeda in 2017, with digital downloads (the stats of which we don't have, whether that's sales or Origin Access players) becoming more favoured in recent years over boxed sales. We should also note that anticipation was very high for Andromeda, while Andromeda's own reception and the lukewarm response to the various pre-release demos dampened the hype for Anthem.

Anthem's launch week sales were lower than that of Resident Evil 2 and Kingdom Hearts 3, heavy hitters that have also launched this year, but it has outsold Far Cry: New Dawn (down 43% this week) and Metro Exodus (down 55%) as both games hit their second week. Jump Force also has a big drop from number four to 17 with a 64% drop in sales in its second week, with Crackdown 3 dropping to number 26 after a 51% dip.

Below you can see the top 10 in full. Can Anthem hold onto the top spot?

1. Anthem / EA
2. Far Cry: New Dawn / Ubisoft
3. FIFA 19 / EA Sports
4. Red Dead Redemption 2 / Rockstar
5. Metro: Exodus / Deep Silver
6. Forza Horizon 4 / Microsoft
7. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe / Nintendo
8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe / Nintendo
9. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 / Activision
10. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate / Nintendo

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