Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare scores eighth UK No.1
No new releases in first chart of the year
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has secured its eighth No.1 in the UK.
The first GfK chart of 2017 features no new releases, and the usual suspects dominate the Top Ten.
Infinite Warfare is one No.1 away from matching Modern Warfare 2's run of nine No.1s - the second highest for the franchise. Black Ops II holds the record for the most No.1s, with eleven weeks in the position.
It's been a bit of a recovery for Activision's shooter series, which started 48% down after its first week on sale. Since then, Infinite Warfare has shown to have a strong long tail - driven in part by some significant discounting at UK retail. However, its nine-week sales are still tracking significantly behind 2015's Black Ops III, 2014's Advanced Warfare and 2013's Ghosts.
FIFA 17, which continues to sell beat-for-beat in-line with FIFA 16, is at No.2. GTA V remarkably is at No.3, despite entering its fourth year on sale. Rockstar's title has already passed 6m sales in the UK and so it's understandable that expectations are high for the firm's next game, Red Dead Redemption 2. Of course these sales figures do not include revenue generated from GTA Online or downloads via Steam - so the true commercial impact of Grand Theft Auto V is unknown.
The usual suspects make up the rest of the charts, with Battlefield 1, Forza Horizon 3, Watch Dogs 2 and Mafia III continuing to do strongly. One game worth calling out, however, is Rocket League at No.8. The boxed version of the 2015 digital game has done remarkably well and highlights the potential some independently-made games can have if released at physical retail. Published by 505 Games, the title has now sold quarter of a million units.
Elsewhere, Pokemon Sun returns to the Top Ten at No.9. The Sun version of the game has been the most popular and stock was limited over Christmas, but units are now returning to the High Street.
|Last Week||This Week||Title|
|1||1||Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare|
|4||3||Grand Theft Auto V|
|12||5||Forza Horizon 3|
|5||6||Watch Dogs 2|