Horizon Zero Dawn Is the Biggest Ever New IP Launch on PS4 in UK; The Legend of Zelda Ranks Second

Horizon Zero Dawn pushes to the top of the UK sales charts, while The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild ranks second.

on March 6, 2017 4:55 AM

Today Gfk Chart-track released its weekly chart, ranking game sales in the United Kingdom, and Guerrilla Games’ new RPG Horizon Zero Dawn came on top, leaving The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild behind.

To be fair, Sony’s title could certainly count on a massively bigger installed base, but it was without a doubt the challenger against Nintendo’s veteran franchise.

Below you can read the firm’s analysis, crowning Horizon Zero Dawn biggest new IP launch ever on PS4 in the country.

‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ tops week 9, ahead of ‘The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild’

A bumper week for gaming is led by ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ which tops the chart as Sony’s biggest ever PS4 launch of a new IP (ahead of No Man’s Sky). Released on Wednesday ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ is also the biggest launch of the year so far and Sony’s biggest launch since ‘Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End’. Ubisoft’s ‘For Honor’ falls from No1 to No5, having to make way for both Horizon Zero Dawn and new Nintendo Switch titles.

Released on Friday, Nintendo Switch brings with it ‘The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild’, which debuts at No2 for both Switch and Wii U. 78% of sales were for the Switch version with 22% for Wii U. The Switch version becomes the 3rd biggest ever launch of a Zelda title, behind ‘Wind Waker’ on Gamecube and ‘Twilight Princess’ on Wii.

There were 5 new Switch games at launch, 3 of which enter the Top 10 including ‘1-2 Switch’ new at No4 and Konami’s ‘Super Bomberman R’ debuting at No7. The Switch version of ‘Just Dance 2017’ helps Ubisoft’s game re-enter the Top 40 at No24, while the Switch version of ‘Skylanders Imaginators’ fails to lift the title back in to the chart. The only other new game to make the Top 40 this week is Telltale’s ‘The Walking Dead: The New Frontier’ which begins life at No19.

Below you can check out the chart itself. Perhaps, the biggest news is that enough people thought that 1-2 Switch was worth a full game price, that it actually ranked 4th.

  1. Horizon Zero Dawn
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. 1-2 Switch
  5. For Honor
  6. Fifa 17 
  7. Super Bomberman R
  8. Rocket League
  9. Sniper Elite 4
  10. Battlefield 1
  11. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  12. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  13. Minecraft: Xbox Edition
  14. Hitman: the Complete First Season
  15. Halo Wars 2
  16. Forza Horizon 3
  17. Overwatch
  18. Uncharted 4: a Thief’s End
  19. The Walking Dead: the New Frontie
  20. WWE 2K17
  21. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Ed.
  22. Pokémon Sun
  23. Lego Star Wars: the Force Awakens
  24. Just Dance 2017
  25. Nioh
  26. Steep
  27. Mafia III
  28. NBA 2K17
  29. Fallout 4
  30. Final Fantasy XV
  31. Watch Dogs 2
  32. Tom Clancy’s The Division
  33. Minecraft: Playstation Edition
  34. Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Edition
  35. Pokémon Moon
  36. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6: Siege
  37. Assassin’s Creed: the Ezio Collection
  38. New Super Mario Bros. 2
  39. Dishonored 2
  40. Lego Marvel Avengers

Both Horizon Zero Dawn and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild received 10 out of 10 scores in our reviews.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.