Last week was one of the biggest weeks in gaming history in terms of sales. We saw the launch of both the Xbox Series X/S consoles, the PS5 in international markets, as well as two of the biggest franchises releasing their next instalments in respective series. And with all the hype going on, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla sneaked in and took the crown in terms of physical sales numbers from industry record holder, Call of Duty.
According to GamesIndustry.biz, The Ubisoft franchise managed to sell more than double the number of physical copies of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey at launch, with 42% of the sales being on PS4 and 18% being on PS5, despite the console only launching there this week. 40% of the sales were on Xbox across all platforms.
This doesn’t mean that Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War didn’t sell well, however, with Activision Blizzard reporting that the game set a new record for first-day digital sales worldwide, so we’ll have to see how the game fared. Digital sales are definitely taking over, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic keeping people at home, and not going out to the shops to buy the actual discs. That said, it is possible many people ordered a physical copy of the games with their new consoles. Other games that sold well this week, and the numbers might change a bit was PlayStation exclusives, Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls.
While the charts are only for the UK based physical sales, it is always a good indication of how games are selling worldwide. Unfortunately, digital sales numbers are very hard to come by, despite it becoming more relevant. This week sees the launch of the PS5 in more territories, including the UK and here in South Africa, so it will be interesting to see how the numbers stack up with more consoles out in the wild.