It’s official. Everyone has finally completed Elden Ring. But more to the point, Horizon: Forbidden West has taken the initiative and jumped to the top spot in UK game sales. This follows a whopping 31% bump in sales week on week. Combined of course with everyone finally finishing off From Soft’s epic RPG earlier in the month.
Okay, we jest. This is a fantastic achievement for a game that was released over two months ago. The title continues to benefit from Sony’s recent decision to hard bundle with the PS5. Console sales themselves are on the up too, as hardware shortages finally show signs of easing. But still, this is a sure sign of quality, as naturally, other game bundles are readily available.
As for the other movers and shakers, last week’s No.1, Sniper Elite 5 tumbles to the eighth spot. That’s a 67% decline week on week, demonstrating quite the opposite to Horizon.
Bank Holiday Bonanza
Last weekend saw an extended bank holiday in the UK celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. As usual for holidays, this saw a general rise in game purchases across the board. Nintendo Switch Sports was up at the number 2 spot following a 24% increase in sales. And both Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga and FIFA 22 saw huge sales bumps, rising 77% and 79% respectively.
But perhaps the biggest success story this week is WWE 2K22, rising a massive 356% in sales week on week. The title jumped up to 7th spot in the charts from god only knows where before. Likely this colossal rise from the ashes follows Sony’s Days of Play promotional campaign, featuring both PS4 and PS5 versions for sub-£25.
Here’s the full Top Ten list from GfK for week ending June 7th;
|Last Week||This Week||Title|
|2||1||Horizon Forbidden West|
|3||2||Nintendo Switch Sports|
|4||3||Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga|
|10||5||Mario Kart 8: Deluxe|
|8||6||Pokémon Legends: Arceus|
|1||8||Sniper Elite 5|
|9||9||Minecraft (Switch Edition)|
|9||10||Gran Turismo 7|
“Video games are great. I should know, I’ve played some.”
Olly S, July 2020