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Batman: Arkham Origins hits UK no.1

But sells only half of Arkham City's week one total

Warner Bros. Games' Batman: Arkham Origins debuted at number 1 in the UK, despite selling only half the amount of its predecessor.

According to data released by Gfk Chart-Track, Arkham Origins sold "almost exactly" the same amount as the first game in the series, Arkham Asylum, which was released in 2009. However, Arkham City remains the series' high-point, selling roughly double the amount achieved by the Asylum and Origins.

It is worth noting that Arkham Origins was not developed by Rocksteady Studios, the UK-based developer that created the franchise.

Other new releases last week included Ubisoft's Rocksmith 2014 Edition, which charted at number 15, and an expansion pack for EA's The Sims 3, which entered the chart at number 18.

Quantic Dream's Beyond: Two Souls continued its slip down the chart, falling 7 places to finish at number 13.

The software chart is below:

Last WeekThis WeekTitle
New entry1Batman: Arkham Origins
12Grand Theft Auto V
23FIFA 14
34Skylanders: Swap Force
45Pokemon X
56Pokemon Y
77Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
198Lego Lord of the Rings
299Moshi Monsters: Katsuma
910Just Dance 2014
1011Disney Infinity
812F1 2013
613Beyond: Two Souls
1214Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
New entry15Rocksmith 2014 Edition
1416Max Payne 3
2117Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist
New entry18The Sims 3: Into The Future
1719Animal Crossing: New Leaf
1120Sonic: The Lost World

Latest comments (1)

Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic 3 years ago
Interesting... I wonder how the split is on the Batman game, casual vs core players. It's something that's impossible to tell statistically, but I wonder if the late-release on review copies, plus knowledge that it wasn't Rocksteady developing it, affected sales that much? Or if, as has been pointed out elsewhere, it's just franchise-wear. In any event, given how glitchy it's been across all-platforms (though the 360 least of all apparently), I'm glad I didn't pre-order it. Now to work on that Steam backlog. :D
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