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Elden Ring is the biggest non-FIFA or Call of Duty launch since Red Dead Redemption 2 | UK Digital Charts

Bigger than Assassin's Creed Valhalla, bigger than Cyberpunk 2077

Elden Ring is the biggest UK video game launch since Call of Duty: Vanguard, according to the latest digital and physical data supplied by GSD.

Its sales are 2.5x that of last week's big new release, PlayStation's Horizon: Forbidden West. In fact, it's the biggest game launch outside of the Call of Duty and FIFA franchises since Red Dead Redemption 2 in October 2018.

Its week 1 sales are bigger than Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassin's Creed Valhalla, which delivered significant opening sales back in 2020.

Note: Nintendo doesn't share digital data.

According to GSD's figures, digital downloads accounted for over 68% of Elden Ring's sales. Xbox and PC were the biggest digital platforms. Almost 85% of Elden Ring sales on Xbox were downloaded, and on PC it was 73%. For PS5 and PS4, the sales were just over 50% digital.

According to GSD's digital and physical numbers, 32% of sales were on PlayStation 5, 30% on PC, 29% on Xbox and 9% on PS4.

The sucess of Elden Ring means that Horizon: Forbidden West slips to second place this week in the combine charts, with sales down 80%. In the digital charts, it falls to No.3 behind FIFA 22.

The only other new game in the charts is Grid Legends, which just about reaches the Top Ten at No.10. 60% of the racing game's sales were via digital downloads.

Here is the GSD UK Digital Top Ten for the week ending February 26:

Position Title
1 Elden Ring
2 FIFA 22
3 Horizon: Forbidden West
4 Grand Theft Auto 5
5 Horizon: Zero Dawn
6 Assassin's Creed Valhalla
7 NBA 2K22
8 Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
9 XCOM 2
10 Grid Legends

Here is the GSD UK Combined (Physical + Digital) Top Ten for the week ending February 26:

Position Title
1 Elden Ring
2 Horizon: Forbidden West
3 FIFA 22
4 Grand Theft Auto 5
5 Pokémon Legends: Arceus
6 Horizon: Zero Dawn
7 Call of Duty: Vanguard
8 Assassin's Creed Valhalla
9 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
10 Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy: The Definitive Edition

GSD digital data includes games from participating companies sold via Steam, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Nintendo Eshop. Participating companies are Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Big Ben Interactive, Capcom, Codemasters, Electronic Arts, Focus Home Interactive, Koch Media, Konami, Microids, Microsoft, Milestone, Paradox Interactive, Quantic Dream, Sega, Sony, Square Enix, Strelka, Take-Two, Ubisoft and Warner Bros. Nintendo and Bethesda are the notable absentees, alongside smaller studios.

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Christopher Dring

Head of Games B2B

Chris is a 15-year media veteran specialising in the business of video games. And, erm, Doctor Who