The digital effect – Total War: Rome II was last week’s real No.1

Total War: Rome II would have been the UK’s real No.1 last week, if we counted digital sales, MCV can reveal.

The strategy game was No.2 in the UK retail charts with over 32,000 units sold, narrowly missing out on the No.1 spot by just 200 copies.

Yet if you factor in UK digital sales of 73,000, and the game would not only have comfortably been top of the charts, but it would have been one of the biggest single format launches of the year, with 105,00 games sold.

This is further evidence of the growing importance of including digital data in the weekly charts.

Despite the popularity of Total War as a digital download, Sega’s digital VP John Clark insists retail has nothing to fear.

He told MCV that the launch sales of Rome II at retail were 4,000 higher than they were for the original title.

It’s an incredible number and the biggest, most significant number we’ve seen,” said Clark.

Based on other stats that we’re looking at it also shows that this isn’t a digital shift – we’re now adding consumers.”

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