Hideo Kojima’s latest has become only the second biggest PS4 launch of the year, as Call Of Duty prevents it hitting the number one spot.
It’s hard to know what exactly was expected of Death Stranding in terms of sales figures, given it’s a brand new, and purposefully weird, franchise but in the end it’s become the second-fastest selling new IP and PlayStation 4 exclusive of the year.
It lost out to open world zombie game Days Gone, which although considerably less ambitious than Death Stranding will go down as the year’s biggest Sony exclusive.
Death Stranding sold 36% less than Days Gone and failed to prevent Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare from enjoying its third week at number one – whose sales are 26% ahead of Black Ops 4 at the same time last year.
Although it’s hard to quantify exactly how well Death Stranding has done it’s equally hard to say whether Need For Speed Heat will count as a disappointment for EA.
On the one hand a debut at number five seems extremely low for what used to be a top tier franchise, but then the game has had very little advertising and EA seems to have expected it to perform poorly from the start.
NFS Heat sold 41% less at launch than 2017’s Need For Speed: Payback, which was already considered a failure. That makes for three flops in a row for the franchise, since its 2015 reboot, and must surely raise serious questions about its future.
By comparison, Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle For Neighborville continues to do surprising well, with sales increasing by 10% this week, in the run up to Christmas.
A number of Nintendo Switch titles are also doing well for the same reason, including new release Mario & Sonic At The Tokyo Olympic Games, which has been the most successful since the 2012 London Games tie-in.
The new retail bundle for Fortnite, published in the UK by Warner Bros., is also likely to do well as a Christmas purchase over the next few weeks, even though the game is famously free-to-play.
Outside of the top 10, the highest new entry is Just Dance 2020 at number 15, the Wii version of which is famously set to be the last Wii game ever. Ubisoft may be pulling the plug too early though as the Wii was the second best-selling version, accounting for 21% of all sales. By comparison, the Nintendo Switch took 55% of the total, with the PlayStation 4 on 14% and Xbox One on 10%.
Other new entries in the top 40 include Jumanji: The Video Game at number 16 and Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle And The Millionaires’ Conspiracy – Deluxe Edition at number 29.
Call Of Duty will almost certainly be knocked from its perch next week, but the big question is by what. Both Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Pokémon Sword/Shield are out this Friday and it’s likely to be a tight race between the two to hit number one.
UK all formats chart – 9 November
1 (1) Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare (PS4/XO)
2 (-) Death Stranding (PS4)
3 (3) FIFA 20 (PS4/XO/NS)
4 (2) Luigi’s Mansion 3 (NS)
5 (-) NFS Heat (PS4/XO)
6 (4) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (NS)
7 (-) Fortnite: Darkfire Bundle (XO/PS4/NS)
8 (-) Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (NS)
9 (13)Minecraft (NS)
10(8) Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle For Neighborville (XO/PS4)
Ukie Games Charts©, compiled by GfK Chart-Track
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