Gears of War Ultimate Edition debuts at No.1 as quiet summer release period ends

Microsoft’s Xbox One remaster of Xbox 360 title Gears of War shoots straight to No.1 this week in the All Formats Top 40.

The Xbox One-exclusive is the highest charting title of a number of new releases. Sony’s PS4-exclusive survival horror title Until Dawn debuts in second play ahead of Disney’s toys-to-life title Disney Infinity 3.0.

The latter sold best on Xbox 360, indicating that there’s still a sizeable kids and family market yet to upgrade to the new consoles.

Meanwhile EA’s American Football title Madden NFL 16 launched in fourth place, and in seventh place, Bethesda’s remaster of 2012’s Dishonored debuts.

Thus ends the quiet July and August release windows in which very little came out. From this week until the end of the year, we have a major physical release every single week.

Of course, these charts just represent boxed games sales in the UK, and thus provide a limited view of the UK games market. Last week, MCV launched our Digital Counts campaign in order to get publishers to share their digital data in an effort to get an accurate picture of the UK games market.

Going forwards, MCV Magazine will not be running the charts in print, a first for the publication in the 17 years.

Below is the software Top Ten for the week ending August 29th:

1. Gears of War Ultimate Edition, Microsoft
2. Until Dawn, Sony
3. Disney Infinity 3.0, Disney
4. Madden NFL 16, EA
5. LEGO Jurassic World, Warner Bros
6. Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar
7. Dishonored: Definitive Edition, Bethesda
8. Minecraft: PlayStation Edition, Sony
9. Batman: Arkham Knight, Warner Bros
10. Minecraft: Xbox Edition, Microsoft

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