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Titanfall 2 disappoints as Skyrim and Battlefield 1 impress in UK charts

Sales of Titanfall 2 fall well short of its original

Battlefield 1 and the remastered version of Skyrim impressed at UK retail last week, at the expense of Titanfall 2.

Titanfall 2's launch sales (physical data only via GfK) are well below the ones achieved by its predecessor, which arrived in March 2013 on Xbox platforms and PC only. In fact, the game's launch sales are barely a quarter of the ones achieved by its original - despite the fact that this sequel has the added benefit of launching on PS4. Titanfall 2 debuts at No.4 in the GfK Top 10, while the original reached No.1.

The title received positive critical reviews, which raises questions regarding its launch strategy. Titanfall 2 has been sandwiched in-between two of the biggest first person shooter launches of the year (Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare), which will no doubt have had a significant detrimental impact upon its performance.

Yet it's otherwise a positive week for UK physical game sales. Battlefield 1 has impressed in its second week on shelves, with sales dipping just 39 percent week-on-week. It's not unusual for core game sales to fall by 70 to 80 percent in the second week, and Battlefield has historically outperformed the market in this regard. Both Battlefield 3 and 4 saw second week sales declines of 54 per cent, which makes that 39 percent dip even more impressive. As a result, Battlefield 1 retains its position at the top of the charts.

However, the stand-out performer of the week has to be Skyrim Special Edition at No.2. The Bethesda game may be a visually improved version of the 2011 original (plus DLC), but its nonetheless the best-selling new game in the charts this week. It is also the second fastest-selling Elder Scrolls game ever released (only beaten by the original Skyrim).

There are a few other interesting little elements in the charts this week. Farming Simulator 17, which received a TV advertising campaign in the UK, reached No.5 in the charts and enjoyed a sales jump of 54 percent on PS4 and 32 percent on Xbox One over its predecessor, Farming Simulator 15 (Farming Simulator 16 was only released physically on Vita).

There's a Top Ten placement for Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, which is a brand that's been steadily growing in the UK, while Square Enix's World of Final Fantasy just missed out at No.11.

Just Dance 2017 also makes an appearance at No.26. The series has waned commercially down the years and remains most popular on Nintendo platforms. 60 percent of the title's sales came on Nintendo consoles - 44 percent on the original Wii.

Last WeekThis WeekTitle
11Battlefield 1
New Entry2Elder Scrolls V: Skrim Special Edition
23FIFA 17
New Entry4Titanfall 2
New Entry5Farming Simulator 17
36Mafia III
New Entry7Dragon Ball Z Xenoverse 2
48Gears of War 4
99Grand Theft Auto V
810Forza Horizon 3

Latest comments (5)

Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic 10 months ago
I've not actually seen a lot of promotion for TiF2 (acronym used to differentiate between Titanfall 2 and TF2/Team Fortress 2 :p ). Certainly I don't look at gaming sites as much as I used to, and the word of mouth is great on it through Twitter, but I think EA could've done far better with promotion and marketing (more on non-gaming media sites, perhaps?). To be honest, I didn't even know it had been released until yesterday.

I can't see digital sales saving it, either - not on PC when EA are still not releasing games on Steam, and not on console when digital prices are so high. They won't be atrocious, but unless it picks up in the second week physical sales and there's word of good post-release support, its multiplayer numbers aren't going to be anything to behold.

Edited 4 times. Last edit by Morville O'Driscoll on 31st October 2016 10:49am

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Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing 10 months ago
The campaign is excellent. The multiplayer puts me off the same way Star Wars Battlefront did between 1 and 2, everything just feels off, and it looks like they've killed most of the cloud based Ai since Sony doesn't support it.

I'm hoping they can sell enough to continue the story, but they need to go back to what they had on the multiplayer.
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Christopher Dring Publisher, GamesIndustry.biz10 months ago
I am sure the game will end up in the Black Friday sales and do well, but with all the DLC being made available for free, I'm not sure where the long-tail revenue will come from. There are some microtransactions in the game, but it's just for cosmetic changes and it won't be generating huge numbers.
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 10 months ago
The original Titanfall is one of the standout titles of this gen on any system and I had high hopes for the sequel. But this really comes down to bad timing as far as release window. They should have released this in the beginning of September, far away from the releases of Gears of War 4, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Battlefield 1. And this is even more surprising considering that EA publishes both Titanfall and Battlefield properties so they should have known better. We'll see how it does once it hits the US sales charts.
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 10 months ago
The IP may be tainted by its former Xbox exclusivity and does not stand out from the direct competitors in any way. The Destiny expansion is a loot shooter, Overwatch has a hard counter class system and Gears is third person. Those are at least some differences. Battlefield, Call of Duty and Titanfall are three similar flavors of the same ice cream; white chocolate, dark chocolate and chocolate chips. Being the great game Titanfall undoubtedly is may not be enough at this point. Look how Battleborn got eaten alive for having the wrong timing.
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