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RETAIL BIZ: Empire Total War smashes series’ records

Ben Parfitt
The triumph of Sega’s Empire: Total War at the top of the ELSPA GfK-ChartTrack All Formats Top 40 yesterday marks the most successful debut in the history of the Total War series.

Week one sales of the title were nearly double those of both Rome: Total War and Medieval II: Total War, and is the first in the series’ to claim the Top 40 top spot.

It also becomes the first PC exclusive title to reach the top since Football Manager 2008 in October 2007 – another Sega PC title.

Empire: Total War’s surge comes at the cost of Killzone 2, with sales of Sony’s title dipping 58 per cent compared to its first week. A similar drop in sales was suffered by Microsoft’s Halo Wars (-54 per cent), which slipped to fourth position, and Capcom’s Street Fighter IV (-59 per cent).

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