Elden Ring is the biggest UK video game launch since Call of Duty: Vanguard, according to the latest digital and physical data supplied by GSD.
Its sales are 2.5x that of last week’s big new release, PlayStation’s Horizon: Forbidden West. In fact, it’s the biggest game launch outside of the Call of Duty and FIFA franchises since Red Dead Redemption 2 in October 2018.
Its week 1 sales are bigger than Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which delivered significant opening sales back in 2020.
Note: Nintendo doesn’t share digital data.
According to GSD’s figures, digital downloads accounted for over 68% of Elden Ring’s sales. Xbox and PC were the biggest digital platforms. Almost 85% of Elden Ring sales on Xbox were downloaded, and on PC it was 73%. For PS5 and PS4, the sales were just over 50% digital.
According to GSD’s digital and physical numbers, 32% of sales were on PlayStation 5, 30% on PC, 29% on Xbox and 9% on PS4.
The sucess of Elden Ring means that Horizon: Forbidden West slips to second place this week in the combine charts, with sales down 80%. In the digital charts, it falls to No.3 behind FIFA 22.
The only other new game in the charts is Grid Legends, which just about reaches the Top Ten at No.10. 60% of the racing game’s sales were via digital downloads.
Here is the GSD UK Digital Top Ten for the week ending February 26:
|3||Horizon: Forbidden West|
|4||Grand Theft Auto 5|
|5||Horizon: Zero Dawn|
|6||Assassin’s Creed Valhalla|
|8||Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection|
Here is the GSD UK Combined (Physical + Digital) Top Ten for the week ending February 26:
|2||Horizon: Forbidden West|
|4||Grand Theft Auto 5|
|5||Pokémon Legends: Arceus|
|6||Horizon: Zero Dawn|
|7||Call of Duty: Vanguard|
|8||Assassin’s Creed Valhalla|
|9||Mario Kart 8 Deluxe|
|10||Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy: The Definitive Edition|
GSD digital data includes games from participating companies sold via Steam, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Nintendo Eshop. Participating companies are Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Big Ben Interactive, Capcom, Codemasters, Electronic Arts, Focus Home Interactive, Koch Media, Konami, Microids, Microsoft, Milestone, Paradox Interactive, Quantic Dream, Sega, Sony, Square Enix, Strelka, Take-Two, Ubisoft and Warner Bros. Nintendo and Bethesda are the notable absentees, alongside smaller studios.