Wow. FIFA 14 was expected to hit the top of Chart Track’s UK Software Sales listing at some point, but not as quickly as this with Grand Theft Auto V still to contend with! So be it.
During its debut week on sale, EA and EA Sports’ latest football/soccer sim has managed to oust the mighty GTA V from its perch atop the UK charts, but of course this upset makes perfect sense given the overwhelming popularity of the sport in the UK and given that the game just launched in the region where sales will be at their peak… but still, there are only a handful of franchises that could have pulled it off.
According to Chart Track, launch week sales for FIFA 14 are down 24% compared to FIFA 13′s same sales timeline, “possibly due to all the money spent last week and also perhaps due to the nature of a transitional year, where consumers may be delaying this purchase until PS4/Xbox One versions are available,” the firm writes.
Chart Track also offers up an interesting factoid on FIFA 14 saying that the only previous game to have released on eight different formats simultaneously was EA’s own Need For Speed: Carbon in 2006.
Sales of GTA V are down a massive 83% letting the game slide from No. 1 to No. 2, but Chart Track is on it with the facts this week, writing that despite the massive sales drop, the game would still be considered the 18th biggest ever launch week in the UK if using this week’s sales data, making FIFA 14′s upset all the more impressive.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (sales down 2%) is back up to No. 3 from No. 6, PES 2014 (sales down 46%) stumbles two places to No. 4, The Last of Us (sales down 42%) steps down two places to No. 5, and Rayman Legends (sales up 34%) benefits from price promotions and makes its way back into the Top Ten.
The Top Twenty All Format UK Software Sales Chart follows below:
- 1.) FIFA 14 (EA Sports) [New]
- 2.) Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games)
- 3.) Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (Microsoft)
- 4.) PES 2014 (Konami)
- 5.) The Last of Us (Sony)
- 6.) Disney Infinity (Disney Interactive Studios)
- 7.) Splinter Cell: Blacklist (Ubisoft)
- 8.) Saints Row IV (Deep Silver)
- 9.) Diablo III (Blizzard Entertainment)
- 10.) Rayman Legends (Ubisoft)
- 11.) Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (Activision)
- 12.) Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix (Square Enix)
- 13.) LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Warner Bros. Interactive)
- 14.) Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar Games)
- 15.) Max Payne 3 (Rockstar Games)
- 16.) Need For Speed: Most Wanted (EA)
- 17.) Skylanders: Giants (Activision)
- 18.) Aliens: Colonial Marines (SEGA)
- 19.) Tomb Raider (Square Enix)
- 20.) Animal Cross: New Leaf (Nintendo)
You can read last week’s UK Software Sales Chart over here.
Source: Chart Track