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Astral Chain beats Wreckfest, Man of Medan and Control to No.1

It’s a brand new Top 4 in the UK physical charts this week, with only around 1,600 sales separating No.1 from No.4.

But in the end it’s Platinum Games’ new IP Astral Chain that took the top of the charts. The Nintendo Switch exclusive sold 36 per cent more copies at launch than Platinum’s previous game, Nier Automata, which initially came out on PS4 only in March 2017.

Taking No.2 in the weekly charts was Bugbear and THQ Nordic’s Wreckfest, which first came out on Steam Early Access in 2014 as Next Car Game.

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan meanwhile debuted at No.3, having sold just 258 fewer copies than Wreckfest. The Supermassive title, published by Bandai Namco, has predominantly sold on PS4 (81 per cent of its copies, versus 19 per cent on Xbox One). Man of Medan doesn’t reach the height of Supermassive’s 2015 hit Until Dawn though, selling 61 per cent less copies at launch than the PS4 exclusive.

Man of Medan sold 303 more copies than this week’s No.4, Remedy and 505 Games’ Control. The PS4 and Xbox One title sold 58.7 per cent less copies than Remedy’s previous title, Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break, did at launch back in 2016.

There was no surprise in the rest of the Top Ten, though Sony’s Spider-Man made an impressive comeback from No.34 to No.8 following a 221 per cent increase in sales week-on-week thanks to a price drop.

Further down the charts, Square Enix’s Collection of Mana debuted at No.22.

This Top 40 officially marked the end of a slow summer in terms of sales, with the market now up 38 per cent in units and 50 per cent in value week-on-week. It was down year-on-year though, with a 15.3 per cent decrease in units and 12.2 per cent in revenue compared to the same period last year. 

Here’s the Top Ten for the week ending August 31st 2019 (data courtesy of Gfk/Ukie):

Rank Title Publisher
1 Astral Chain – NEW Nintendo
2 Wreckfest – NEW THQ Nordic
3 The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan – NEW Bandai Namco
4 Control – NEW 505 Games
5 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo
6 Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Activision
7 Super Mario Maker 2 Nintendo
8 Marvel’s Spider-Man Sony
9 Grand Theft Auto V Rockstar
10 Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Ubisoft

About Marie Dealessandri

Marie Dealessandri is MCV’s senior staff writer, having joined the publication during its days as a weekly magazine. After testing the waters of the film industry in France and being a radio host and reporter in Canada, she settled for the games industry in London in 2015. She can be found (very) occasionally tweeting @mariedeal, usually on a loop about Baldur’s Gate, Hollow Knight and the Dead Cells soundtrack.

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