Rage 2 has received mixed reviews from critics but it has still managed to top the UK sales chart.
However, when compared to the original Rage which released in 2011 sales have significantly declined. By significantly, I mean that physical sales were a mere quarter of what the original game shifted, but it is important to remember that digital sales are on the rise so it’s probably not as dire as it sounds. That being said, it’s still very unlikely that digital copies will make up the full loss – various researchers have said that digital sales on consoles account for up to 50% of game sales, so if we were generous and said that 50% of the Rage 2 sales were digital it would mean it sold half of what the original did, not a quarter.
It’s not exactly surprising news; the original game didn’t exactly fly off the shelves and there wasn’t much hype around the second installment, and mixed reviews which described the world as “lifeless” didn’t help too much with the sales either. Possibly even more disappointing is the rate at which players appear to have stopped playing Rage 2, with the peak concurrent players on Steam hitting 13.5k but only hitting around 7.4k over a 24 hour period since then. Bethesda has been struggling recently with the flop of Fallout 76 and now Rage 2, so let’s hope we see something exciting from them at E3.
Elsewhere in the chart everything largely remains the same apart from the addition of ‘A Plague Tale: Innocence’ which was released on May 14th and peaked in the chart at position 9. Anthem and Forza Horizon 4 were the two games to make way for the new arrivals.
The full UK physical sales chart can be found below:
|4||Mortal Kombat 11|
|5||Red Dead Redemption 2|
|6||Mario Kart 8 Deluxe|
|7||Grand Theft Auto V|
|8||Tom Clancy’s The Division 2|
|9||A Plague Tale: Innocence|
|10||New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe|