The big three to close out 2022 – Need for Speed Unbound, The Callisto Protocol and Marvel’s Midnight Suns – released last week. The response, at least in the UK as per Gfk, has been less than stellar.
The Callisto Protocol debuted in sixth place, and while this may seem troublesome – with physical sales 17 percent lower than Dying Light 2 Stay Human, another horror title – it’s not bad. Launch sales were higher than Saints Row and Gotham Knights, with the PS5 version accounting for 74 percent of total sales.
On the other hand, Need for Speed Unbound debuted in 17th place, with sales down 64 percent compared to Need for Speed Heat. GamesIndustry notes that it didn’t receive much marketing or media coverage, which is a shame since the IP is the tenth biggest in UK history. Of the total physical sales, 78 percent were on PS5.
Marvel’s Midnight Suns also had a rough debut at 26th place. Given that there was no PC version at launch and Firaxis is more well-known for its success on the platform, it may be worth waiting for the digital sales. Nevertheless, it’s still disappointing, especially with the Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch versions delayed for the current-gen releases.
Other noteworthy figures include FIFA 23 in first place despite sales dropping by 47 percent; Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 remaining in second place after sales fell by six percent; and God of War Ragnarok rising to third following a seven percent sales increase. Nintendo Switch titles continue to hold the top 10 spots, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in fourth, Pokemon Violet in fifth and Pokemon Scarlet in seventh despite sales drops.
Check out the top ten best-selling physical games in the UK for the week ending December 3rd below.
|Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
|God of War Ragnarok
|Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
|The Callisto Protocol
|Nintendo Switch Sports
|Animal Crossing: New Horizons