For Honor and GTA V come out top in quiet February for UK games retail

A drop in releases equals a drop in sales

For Honor was the UK's best-selling boxed game in February, mirroring its success in the US.

GfK figures show that GTA V was snapping at its heels at No.2, continuing that game's remarkable ability to keep selling. The only other new games to crack the Top Ten sales charts was Sniper Elite 4 (No.6), Hitman: The Complete First Season (No.9) and Nioh (No.10).

Just over 1m games were sold, which is ten per cent down on the previous February. Month-on-month analysis can be challenging in this business, especially when you consider that February 2016 featured a slightly stronger release slate of Street Fighter V and Far Cry Primal.

The performance of Horizon: Zero Dawn, Ghost Recon Wildlands and Nintendo Switch (plus Zelda) suggests that March will be a significantly stronger period for the physical retail space.

As a result of the success of For Honor, Ubisoft was February's No.1 games publisher, just ahead of Electronic Arts in terms of units. Take-Two (because of GTA V) and Capcom (due to Resident Evil 7) continue to perform well and benefitting from a lack of new games in the marketplace.

However, Microsoft will be disappointed with the physical performance or Halo Wars 2 - although it would certainly have done better as the PC version will have predominantly been sold digitally.

Last MonthThis MonthTitle
New Entry1For Honor
32Grand Theft Auto V
13Resident Evil 7
44FIFA 17
25Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
New Entry6Sniper Elite 4
57Battlefield 1
88Rocket League
New Entry9Hitman: The Complete First Season
New Entry10Nioh
711Forza Horizon 3
1212Minecraft: Xbox Edition
613Watch Dogs 2
New Entry15Halo Wars 2
1316WWE 2K17
1517LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
1418The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
1119Pokemon Sun
920Mafia III

Related stories

Solid start for Gran Turismo Sport in congested week for UK games retail

South Park overtakes WWE 2K18 as second highest new release

By Christopher Dring

Latest comments

Sign in to contribute

Need an account? Register now.