Update, January 4 2018: Call of Duty: WWII closes out a strong 2017 still on top of the charts at UK retail.
Call of Duty: WWII’s early sales suggested it was on the way to being one the series’ biggest sellers in quite some time, and that success has continued through the end of the year. In fact, it’s been so strong that WWII managed to end 2017 still on top of the UK sales charts.
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That’s according to GfK Chart-Track, who recently published UK game sales for the last week of 2017, showing a continued #1 spot for the latest Call of Duty. Here are the top 10 sellers:
- Call of Duty: WWII
- FIFA 18
- Star Wars Battlefront II
- Assassin’s Creed Origins
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Super Mario Odyssey
- The Sims 4
- Gran Turismo: Sport
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
This is a chart of retail sales, so it’s predominantly weighted toward console games. But checking stats on SteamSpy paints a similarly impressive picture. Call of Duty: WWII has over 800,000 owners just two months after release, compared with Infinite Warfare’s 500,000 owners a year later. There’s still plenty of room for WWII to grow compared to the franchise’s biggest games, however, with owners of the early Black Ops games pushing past 3 million, and Modern Warfare 2 over 5 million.
Original story, November 6 2017: Call of Duty: WWII appears to have given the long-running shooter franchise a much-needed boost after last year’s disappointing Infinite Warfare.
GfK Chart-Track, a UK statistics group tracking physical sales, have announced that week one sales of WWII are 57% higher in units and 21% higher in revenue than the equivalent a year ago. This displaces Assassin’s Creed Origins at the top of the UK top ten, with FIFA 18 at number three.
On ResetEra, Kenzodielocke gives a little context, with launch numbers for all other titles in the series back to Modern Warfare. Infinite Warfare moved around 328,000 units - a 57% increase on that would put WW2 at roughly 515,000. If you ignore Infinite Warfare, that's still lower than any COD since World at War, but digital sales - not captured by GfK - are much higher as a proportion of the total now.
Plenty of caveats to apply to these figures, then, but the early news is positive for Activision.