It’s been a busy week for new releases with most major titles trying to avoid each other by releasing on different days, or simply launching early in the week in order to get good visibility as the week unfolds.
Sony debut at No1 with ‘Gran Turismo Sport’, launched on Wednesday 18th October and this is a first outing on PS4 – original ‘Gran Turismo’ launched on PS1 back in week 19, 1998 and the last version was ‘Gran Turismo 6’ on PS3 back in week 49, 2013 – ‘GT Sport’ has a better week 1 units than both of these but is nowhere near the series high of 2010’s ‘Gran Turismo 5’ (week 1 was over 3 times higher). EA drop to No2 with ‘FIFA 18’ having held the No1 spot for 3 consecutive weeks, much like last year’s ‘FIFA 17’ which was knocked off No1 by EA’s own ‘Battlefield 1’ in week 42, 2016. The 2 biggest of 4 new releases from Tuesday 17th October debut at No3 and No4. Debuting at No3 we have Ubisoft’s PS4/Xbox One ‘South Park: The Factured but Whole’ which matches week 1 sales units from previous ‘South Park: The Stick of Truth’, released on PS3/360 back in week 10, 2014. Debuting at No4 we have 2K/Take 2’s PS4/Xbox One ‘WWE 2K18’ – sales units are down on last year’s 4-format ‘WWE 2K17’but revenue is actually 5% higher, thanks to the success of the £79.99 Deluxe and £129.99 Collectors Editions. From our midweek chart published on Wednesday 18th (after 24 hours of sales on these 2 titles) it was actually WWE that was ahead of South Park in terms of units, but the Ubisoft title went on to have comparatively higher sales for the rest of the week, due to WWE’s greater percentage Day 1 concentration. Nintendo’s Friday 20th release ‘Fire Emblem Warriors’ on 3DS/Switch debuts at No16 and THQ Nordic’s ‘Elex’ for PS4/Xbox One/PC debuts at No25 (released Tuesday 17th). The final new release within the Top 40 is Sold Out’s PS4/Xbox One ‘Rogue Trooper Redux’ at No37 (also a Tuesday 17th release).