Sea of Thieves sails to No.1 in UK charts

first_imgSea of Thieves sails to No.1 in UK chartsIt’s an all-new Top FourChristopher DringHead of Games B2BMonday 26th March 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleGfKDespite four new games in the Top Five, it’s not been a very strong week for the UK boxed games industry.Data tracker GfK revealed that the six new games in the entire Top 40 this week sold fewer units than the single new release that arrived in the charts this time last year, which was Mass Effect Andromeda.But the data doesn’t paint the full picture.Take, for instance, the No.1 game – Sea of Thieves. The Rare title was an online-only game for PC and Xbox One, so will likely have had a slightly higher digital weighting compared with non-online titles (remember, GfK data does not include download numbers). In addition, for those that utilise the free Xbox Game Pass trial, they can play the game for a period of time for free. What will be a test is whether the numbers remain healthy beyond the launch window when that free trial comes to an end. Sea of Thieves is Rare’s second No.1 in a row, following 2015’s Rare Replay. The previous time the acclaimed UK studio topped the charts was in 1998 with Banjo-Kazooie.The No.2 game of the week, also a new IP, was A Way Out by EA. The game is also an online title, and also featured a free trial option where gamers could play the title for free if a friend owned it. Once again, it’ll be interested to see if those free trials turn into game sales further down the line.Other new titles in the charts includes Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom by Bandai Namco, which made No.3 in the charts. The PS4 and PC game was the second highest grossing game of the week. Partially due to the lower price of A Way Out, but also because of the high cost and popularity of Ni No Kuni’s special edition. Roughly a third of the game’s sales were of the £140 SKU.The fourth new game at No.4 is the remastered and current generation version of Assassin’s Creed Rogue for PS4 and Xbox One.Other new titles include Koei Tecmo’s A.O.T 2 (Attack On Titan) at No.17 and Detective Pikachu on 3DS at No.23.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games The result of all the new releases means that last week’s No.1 EA’s Burnout Paradise Remastered takes a tumble to No.6, although sales only dropped by 46%. Along with FIFA at No.5 and UFC 3 at No.8, there were four EA games in the Top Ten.Kirby Star Allies, the Nintendo Switch title which reached No.2 last week, dropped 52% in sales and fell out of the Top Ten at No.11.Here is the UKIE/GfK Top Ten for the week ending March 24th.Last WeekThis WeekTitleNew Entry1Sea of ThievesNew Entry2A Way OutNew Entry3Ni No Kuni II: Revenant KingdomNew Entry4Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered35FIFA 1816Burnout Paradise Remastered47Grand Theft Auto V88EA Sports UFC 359Mario Kart 8: Deluxe610Super Mario OdysseyCelebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesResident Evil: Village is the third biggest PS5 launch so far | UK Boxed ChartsBut physical sales down over previous Resident Evil gamesBy Christopher Dring 2 days agoNier Replicant ver.1.22474487139 is No.1 in the UK | UK Boxed ChartsIt’s very quiet out thereBy Christopher Dring 16 days agoLatest comments (1)AbdulBasit Saliu Mechanic, Flowmotion Entertainment Inc3 years ago EA is killing it this year! 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more