One week after the launch of ‘GTA V’, the biggest game of all time (week 1 sales), the rollercoaster journey into Q4 continues with the launch this week of EA’s 8-format ‘FIFA 14’ debuting at No1.
In terms of the FIFA series the current version is down on last year’s record-breaker ‘FIFA 13’ by around 24% in volume, 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. In terms of 8-format games, only 2 other titles have been released simultaneously in the same week on 8 formats (EA’s FIFA 13 last year and EA’s Need For Speed: Carbon back in 2006, another transitional year).
Rockstar/Take 2’s ‘GTA V’ drops to No2 (-83%) but even with such a drop this week 2 number is equivalent to being the 18th biggest week if ranked against week 1 sales of any other games ever released. Microsoft are back in the Top 3 after a 5 week break thanks to ‘Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition’, No3 (-2%) and Konami drop 2 places to No4 having debuted last week with ‘Pro Evolution Soccer 2014’ (-46%). Sony drop 2 places to No5 with ‘The Last of Us’ (-41%) and Ubisoft’s ‘Rayman Legends’ re-enters the Top 10 thanks to some price promotion, No10 (+34%).