Anthem Tops the Weekly Sales Charts in the UK, Although Physical Sales are Perhaps Lower than Expected

Anthem Tops the Weekly Sales Charts in the UK, Although Physical Sales are Perhaps Lower than Expected

Anthem's initial reported physical sales in the UK were merely half of BioWare's previous release, Mass Effect Andromeda.

As last week’s only major release, it should come as no surprise that EA and BioWare’s Anthem debuted at the top of the sales chart in the UK last week taking down the previous week’s winner Far Cry New Dawn in the process. Despite the victory, the first reported physical sales for Anthem may be raising some red flags.

As reported by EurogamerAnthem‘s first-week physical sales were only half that of Mass Effect Andromeda, BioWare’s 2017 release. While digital sales have increased quite a bit over the past few years and surely helped make up this gap a bit more, it’s doubtful that Anthem sold enough in the digital space to equal the release of Andromeda. Comparing Anthem, a new IP, to that of Mass Effect Andromeda is perhaps a bit unfair considering the latter is a mega-popular franchise with millions of fans.

Still, it’s still a bit concerning start for AnthemResident Evil 2 still remains the year’s fastest-selling game in the UK, as well, ahead of Anthem. We’ll have to wait and see if Anthem can hit EA’s projections of between 5 and 6 million copies before the end of March.

As for other notable entries on the sales chart this week, there’s not much to write home about. Far Cry New DawnFIFA 19Red Dead Redemption 2, and Metro Exodus rounded out the top five for the week in that respective order.

The full top-40 for last week in the UK is listed below.

Last Week This Week Title Age Rating Publisher
1 ANTHEM PEGI 16+ EA GAMES
1 2 FAR CRY NEW DAWN PEGI 18+ UBISOFT
5 3 FIFA 19 PEGI 3+ EA SPORTS
3 4 RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 PEGI 18+ ROCKSTAR
2 5 METRO EXODUS PEGI 18+ DEEP SILVER
15 6 FORZA HORIZON 4 PEGI 3+ MICROSOFT
7 7 NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. U DELUXE PEGI 3+ NINTENDO
9 8 MARIO KART 8 DELUXE PEGI 3+ NINTENDO
10 9 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS 4 PEGI 18+ ACTIVISION
11 10 SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE PEGI 12+ NINTENDO
6 11 RESIDENT EVIL 2 PEGI 18+ CAPCOM
16 12 SPYRO REIGNITED TRILOGY PEGI 7+ ACTIVISION
14 13 CRASH BANDICOOT N.SANE TRILOGY PEGI 7+ ACTIVISION
12 14 GRAND THEFT AUTO V PEGI 18+ ROCKSTAR
17 15 ASSASSIN’S CREED ODYSSEY PEGI 18+ UBISOFT
8 16 KINGDOM HEARTS III PEGI 12+ SQUARE ENIX
4 17 JUMP FORCE PEGI 12+ BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT
19 18 SUPER MARIO ODYSSEY PEGI 7+ NINTENDO
24 19 BATTLEFIELD V PEGI 16+ EA GAMES
18 20 THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD PEGI 12+ NINTENDO
27 21 FORTNITE: DEEP FREEZE BUNDLE PEGI 12+ WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
21 22 MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN PEGI 16+ SONY COMPUTER ENT.
22 23 SUPER MARIO PARTY PEGI 3+ NINTENDO
26 24 LEGO THE INCREDIBLES PEGI 7+ WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
32 25 MINECRAFT PEGI 7+ NINTENDO
13 26 CRACKDOWN 3 PEGI 18+ MICROSOFT
25 27 JUST CAUSE 4 PEGI 18+ SQUARE ENIX
23 28 LEGO HARRY POTTER COLLECTION PEGI 7+ WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
20 29 POKEMON: LET’S GO, PIKACHU! PEGI 7+ NINTENDO
31 30 ROCKET LEAGUE: COLLECTORS EDITION PEGI 3+ WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
36 31 JUST DANCE 2019 PEGI 3+ UBISOFT
29 32 WWE 2K19 PEGI 16+ 2K
33 33 SPLATOON 2 PEGI 7+ NINTENDO
30 34 LEGO DC SUPER-VILLAINS PEGI 7+ WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
35 SEGA MEGA DRIVE CLASSICS PEGI 12+ SEGA
28 36 NBA 2K19 PEGI 3+ 2K
37 FAR CRY 5 PEGI 18+ UBISOFT
35 38 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES 2 PEGI 7+ WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
38 39 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION PEGI 7+ SONY COMPUTER ENT.
40 FOOTBALL MANAGER 2019 PEGI 3+ SEGA