RDR2 rules monthly charts as digital shift accelerates for key Q4 titles

As expected, Red Dead Redemption 2 debuted at No.1 in the UK monthly charts. Rockstar’s title had only been out for two days when GfK closed its report for October but still managed to beat Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, selling almost ten per cent more copies in two days than CoD did in two weeks.

Rockstar announced earlier this week that RDR2 was the "single-biggest opening weekend in the history of entertainment" releases. That factors in digital sales, unlike the UK weekly charts, which saw the title failing to top FIFA 19, which remains the biggest Week One release of the year in the UK.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 had to settle for No.2 in the monthly charts, with sales down 57 per cent compared to Month One sales for Call of Duty: WWII, though the situation was completely different: WWII had been out for three weeks when its first monthly report closed last year (against only two weeks this year), Activision reported record digital sales for Black Ops 4 that are not included in the UK monthly charts and, of course, there was no Red Dead Redemption to compete against last year.

So it’s fair to say that both RDR2 and Black Ops 4 have had great sales. In the meantime, FIFA 19 has already sold almost both of them added together. EA’s football behemoth took No.3 for its second month in the charts, with sales only down 32 per cent month-on-month. However, sales were still down 21 per cent compared to last year’s entry in its second month. But earlier this week, SuperData released its digital report for September and revealed that FIFA 19 was the best “digital launch in the franchise history” worldwide. SuperData commented: “We estimate FIFA 19 digital console units grew 18 per cent compared to FIFA 18 last year. Sales for the digital launch of FIFA hit another record, although the series continues to lag other triple-A franchises in terms of download rates.” EA also revealed earlier this week that 61 per cent of its revenue came from digital sales for its second fiscal quarter ended September 30th – that’s two days after FIFA 19 released.

Meanwhile, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey debuted at No.4 to lower physical sales compared to last year’s Origins, though it did release early to avoid RDR2, a bit too early maybe, before the Christmas buying season really kicked off. However, once again, digital sales for the title were on the rise. Ubisoft revealed in its financial report earlier this week that Odyssey saw a ten per cent increase in digital sales to 45 per cent overall compared with Origins.

There were other new entries in this month’s Top Ten, with Forza Horizon 4 debuting at No.4, Super Mario Party at No.7 and WWE 2K19 at No.8.

Further down the charts, Warner Bros’ Lego DC Super-Villains debuted at No.12, Bandai Namco’s Soulcalibur VI entered the monthly charts at No.21, Sony’s Astro Bot Rescue Mission made it to No.26 and Ubisoft’s Starlink: Battle had to settle for No.37 following on disappointing Week One sales.

Here’s the Top Ten for the period between September 30th to October 27th (data courtesy of GfK/Ukie):

About Marie Dealessandri

Marie Dealessandri is MCV’s former senior staff writer. 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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