Far Cry: New Dawn has topped the UK sales chart (physical copies only), which isn’t exactly a surprise considering there hasn’t been many other big games released recently (apart from Crackdown 3 of course, but we’ll get to that later).
Although New Dawn topped the weekly UK physical sales chart, the overall sales still didn’t look great, as it sold just 13% of what Far Cry 5 managed in it’s first week. That’s forgivable considering that New Dawn is a Far Cry 5 spin-off rather than a full release, but what’s not forgivable is that it has sold just 25% of what Far Cry Primal did (Far Cry 4’s spin off) during its opening week.
Of course we’re only counting physical sales here—digital downloads are not included in the charts—so things probably aren’t as bad as they seem; it would be fair to say that there are many more people purchasing digital copies of games now compared to 2016 which is when Far Cry Primal was released, but it’s probably not 75% more.
So, from what seems to be disappointing sales so far for Far Cry: New Dawn, we move to what are almost certainly disastrous sales for Crackdown 3, which didn’t even manage to break into the top 10. It’s important to note, though, that Crackdown 3 is an Xbox exclusive and is therefore available on the Game Pass, so it would be fair to assume that there’s a large number of players that have downloaded and played the game via the Game Pass, and those players aren’t counted in the charts. With that said, if we compare it to other Game Pass titles such as Forza Horizon 4, Crackdown 3 has sold very poorly. In that particular comparison, Crackdown 3 has sold a similar number of copies as Forza Horizon 4 did this week, and Forza is three months old and is also on the Game Pass. Ouch.
The only conclusion here is that Crackdown 3 was let down by poor reviews and, quite frankly, a poor game, which puts Microsoft in a sticky situation considering Crackdown is one of its leading exclusive titles.
Elsewhere in the chart, Jump Force has performed well by placing 4th and Metro Exodus arrived in 2nd place, although it actually had more revenue than first placed Far Cry: New Dawn as it was £10 more expensive, so who’s the real winner?
You can view the full sales chart below:
|1||Far Cry New Dawn|
|3||Red Dead Redemption 2|
|6||Resident Evil 2|
|7||New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe|
|8||Kingdom Hearts 3|
|9||Mario Kart 8 Deluxe|
|10||COD: BLOPS 4|