Call of Duty is No. 1, but physical sales continue to slow down | UK Boxed Charts

Call of Duty: Vanguard is No. 1 on the UK charts, comfortably ending FIFA 22’s long period at the top.

Activision’s shooters are sold primarily on PlayStation platforms, with the PS5 accounting for 41% of sales, the PS4 29%, the Xbox One 19% and the Xbox Series X and S 11%.

Call of Duty, like FIFA before it, was historically a powerful sales force in the UK retail industry, often selling more than a million copies in a box. Today, it is primarily a digital game, and it is accelerating. We do not have the digital sales figures yet, but physical sales have fallen 23% compared to last year’s games.

In 2020, sales of physical launch fell by 64% of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War by 64% compared to the previous year’s entry (Modern Warfare). But digital acceleration by 39%, so we can not draw any conclusions about Vanguard’s UK performance yet.

Call of Duty is the big one, but there were a few other new games on the charts this week. Fortnite Minty Legends Pack lands at No. 9 (33% of sales on Nintendo Switch, 24% PS4, 24% Xbox and 19% PS5). Just Dance 2022 slips into No. 11 (88% of sales on the Nintendo Switch), and enters No. 40 is Fast & Furious: Spy Racers – Rise of Shifter.

Last week’s No. 2 was Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which drops to No. 6 after a 64% week-on-week drop in sales. Mario Party Superstars, which was also launched last week, holds No. 3 after only a small sales drop of 18%. Meanwhile, Riders Republic of Ubisoft drops eight places to No. 16 after a sales drop of 48%.

It’s generally a strong week for Switch, driven by improved hardware sales, which has seen Mario Kart 8: Deluxe increase by 30% in sales, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons sales have increased 14%.

But it was another week of good PS5 inventory levels, meaning Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales jumps 12 places to No. 5 after a sales jump of 342%. Immortals: Fenyx Rising returns to the charts as No. 12 after a sales increase of 652%. This was the result of a certain price discount, but also a PS5 package at the retailer ShopTo.

Here is GfK’s top ten for the week ending November 6, 2021:

Last week This week Title
New entrance 1 Call of Duty: Vanguard
1 2 FIFA 22
3 3 Mario Party Superstars
5 4 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
17 5 Spider-Man: Miles Morales
2 6 Guardians of the Galaxy
6 7 Animal Crossing: New Horizons
7 8 Minecraft (switch)
New entrance 9 Fortnite Minty Legends package
4 10 Far Cry 6

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