January is always a quiet time of the year – this year more so than normal with only a handful of new releases.
That didn’t stop a reasonable sum of money being generated by software. £58.5m was made through game sales, which is an impressive 24 per cent rise over the same period last year.
2.2m games were sold in this time, a five per cent increase on January 2013. The disparity between the rise in sales and revenue is due to the rising price of video games as a result of the new consoles and a drop in budget releases.
FIFA 14 tops the monthly charts, despite seeing a 79 per cent decline in month-on-month sales. EA’s football title spent most of this month at the top of the All Formats charts. It was also the best-selling game on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PlayStation 3 during the period.
Though it was bundled with the Xbox One, it saw better sales on the PlayStation 4 during the period.
The rest of the Top Five features the usual suspects – Activision's Call of Duty:Ghosts and Battlefield 4 from EA continue to perform well, as does Ubisoft's Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Warner Bros’ LEGO Marvel Super Heroes remains in the Top Five – likely due to its wide marketing campaign.
No new releases make it into the charts this month. The biggest new title was Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, which was released after the sales period.
Below are the charts for January: