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Prey rallies in second week, top of UK charts and nearly 200,000 owners on Steam

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After a disappointing launch, Prey has become the best-selling game in the UK in its second week, overtaking last week’s best-seller, the Nintendo Switch’s Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

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Mario dropped from number one to number three, with the number two spot taken by Grand Theft Auto V. That’s according to the UK stats group GfK Chart-Trackwhich, it should be remembered, only track physical sales.

OnSteamSpy, Prey now has an estimated 191,590 owners, and Bruno MB has compiled other European sales data and posted it to NeoGAF, to give a more comprehensive picture of Prey’s performance. As some commenters have pointed out, its decline of only 32% on its first week sales is encouraging, but would be more so if it didn’t follow a lacklustre launch and a slow week for game sales overall.

“Good it didn’t completely collapse, I guess,” is Not Drake’s assessment. Others are hopeful that a good hold and a high charting position (even if in a slow week) will generate positive word of mouth and generate those all-important sales in the longer term.

The news follows a worrying trend for triple-A games with a single-player focus. In recent weeks we’ve heard that Deus Ex and Mass Effect are on ice as franchises, Hitman’s fate is still up in the air, and Arkane’s last title, Dishonored 2, also struggled commercially despite a strong critical reception.