Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is Last Week’s Top-Selling Title in the UK Even Though Physical Sales Plummet

The newly released Black Ops 4 was the number one game on the UK sales chart last week but what's more surprising is its lacking physical sales numbers.

on October 15, 2018 11:15 AM

We learned yesterday that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 became the best-selling digital entry in the franchise’s history and now, unsurprisingly, we’ve also learned that it was last week’s top-selling game in the UK.

Black Ops 4 unseated FIFA 19 to claim the top spot in UK sales for the 41st week of the year. This has become old hat for the Call of Duty franchise annually at this point and there’s a good chance that it could remain atop the charts for a couple more weeks.

What’s perhaps most interesting though is that, according to GamesIndustry.biz, Black Ops 4 has the lowest physical sales in the UK in 11 years, which makes it the worst boxed-copy launch since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. By comparison to last year’s Call of Duty: WWII, physical sales are down nearly 50%.

There are many reasons as to why this could be the case but one of which just seems to the aforementioned rise in digital sales. Activision confirmed in their statement this weekend that Black Ops 4 had more users this weekend online compared to WWII last year, so there’s a chance that Call of Duty isn’t falling off whatsoever and more consumers are just embracing digital purchases. It’ll be interesting to see what the numbers from other regions end up telling us about Black Ops 4 once they come out.

As always, the full top-40 list for last week in the UK is below.

Last Week This Week Title Age Rating Publisher
1 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS 4 PEGI 18+ ACTIVISION
1 2 FIFA 19 PEGI 3+ EA SPORTS
2 3 ASSASSIN’S CREED ODYSSEY PEGI 18+ UBISOFT
4 WWE 2K19 PEGI 16+ 2K
3 5 FORZA HORIZON 4 PEGI 3+ MICROSOFT
4 6 MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN PEGI 16+ SONY COMPUTER ENT.
5 7 SUPER MARIO PARTY PEGI 3+ NINTENDO
8 8 CRASH BANDICOOT N.SANE TRILOGY PEGI 7+ ACTIVISION
6 9 SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER PEGI 18+ SQUARE ENIX
11 10 MARIO KART 8 DELUXE PEGI 3+ NINTENDO
7 11 TEKKEN 7 PEGI 16+ BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT
10 12 GRAND THEFT AUTO V PEGI 18+ ROCKSTAR
9 13 PROJECT CARS 2 PEGI 3+ BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT
28 14 THE EVIL WITHIN 2 PEGI 18+ BETHESDA SOFTWORKS
17 15 MINECRAFT PEGI 7+ NINTENDO
15 16 SUPER MARIO ODYSSEY PEGI 7+ NINTENDO
13 17 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION PEGI 7+ MICROSOFT
14 18 F1 2018 PEGI 3+ CODEMASTERS
16 19 PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS PEGI 16+ MICROSOFT
25 20 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES 2 PEGI 7+ WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
21 THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU: FINAL REMIX PEGI 12+ NINTENDO
22 22 ASTRO BOT RESCUE MISSION PEGI 7+ SONY COMPUTER ENT.
32 23 THE SIMS 4 PEGI 12+ EA GAMES
24 24 LEGO THE INCREDIBLES PEGI 7+ WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
12 25 FORZA MOTORSPORT 7 PEGI 3+ MICROSOFT
26 26 THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD PEGI 12+ NINTENDO
27 EA SPORTS UFC 3 PEGI 16+ EA SPORTS
19 28 NBA 2K19 PEGI 3+ 2K
27 29 SONIC MANIA PLUS PEGI 3+ SEGA
30 30 HELLO NEIGHBOR PEGI 7+ GEARBOX PUBLISHING
38 31 MARIO KART 7 PEGI 3+ NINTENDO
33 32 GOD OF WAR PEGI 18+ SONY COMPUTER ENT.
36 33 ROCKET LEAGUE: COLLECTORS EDITION PEGI 3+ WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
20 34 PLAYSTATION VR WORLDS PEGI 16+ SONY COMPUTER ENT.
23 35 FAR CRY 5 PEGI 18+ UBISOFT
37 36 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE PEGI 18+ UBISOFT
34 37 RESIDENT EVIL 7: BIOHAZARD PEGI 18+ CAPCOM
18 38 THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE PEGI 18+ BETHESDA SOFTWORKS
39 CAPTAIN TOAD: TREASURE TRACKER PEGI 3+ NINTENDO
39 40 LEGO WORLDS PEGI 7+ WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
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Logan Moore is a Staff Writer at DualShockers located out of Indianapolis. He is also an audio and video production student at IUPUI who spends his free time podcasting at Model Citizens Media or micro-managing his fantasy baseball team.