It was a blockbuster week for video game releases, and there are four new games in the UK Top Ten.
The game at the top isn’t new, however. That game is EA’s FIFA 22, which holds firm at No.1 for a second week. The game dropped 58% in boxed sales week-on-week, which is quite a small drop for FIFA — last year’s game dropped 65% in its second week.
It’s worth noting that FIFA sales at boxed retail have fallen sharply year-on-year. Currently FIFA 22’s boxed sales are 32% lower than what FIFA 21 managed over the same two-week period (this is according to GfK’s retail sales data).
However, the game has actually sold better than ever before via digital downloads, and as a result, FIFA 22 is currently beating its predecessor in the UK overall (digital download data is supplied by GSD, but arrives later in the week).
FIFA’s closest rival this week is Far Cry 6 from Ubisoft. The game’s boxed sales are almost 70% lower than Far Cry 5, which was released in March 2018. 47% of sales were on PS5, 24% on PS4 and 29% on Xbox platforms. The drop looks severe, but even in three years digital has accelerated significantly, and as we saw with FIFA, it almost certainly did a lot better than it appears.