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Far Cry 5 UK launch is the biggest in Far Cry history

Strong Easter sales all round for the boxed games market as Ubisoft ends March on a high

Despite releasing in the first quarter of the year, Far Cry 5 is the fastest selling game in the franchise's history (in the UK, anyway).

It's a well received game and has had a strong launch campaign. But it's also arrived during one of the quietest starts to the year we've seen for console games, and has capitalised on that fact - Far Cry 5 is comfortably the biggest name on the schedule for the first six months of the year, and the biggest launch of 2018 to-date.

It also happens to be the most successful game to ever launch during 'week 13', beating the previous record holder - BioShock Infinite.

In addition, the PS4 version of the game is the sixth biggest launch of a Ubisoft game on an individual format in UK chart history. The PS4 version accounted for 60% of the game's sales.

Note: this is just boxed sales. Digital sales are not included.

It means last week's No.1, the Xbox One exclusive Sea of Thieves, drops to No.3. The game suffered a 52% drop in sales, which is actually not that bad for a AAA console game.

It was the Easter week, and therefore we witnessed a lot of price activity on software, which has resulted in a number of titles spiking in sales week-on-week and rising up the charts.

The No.2 title is FIFA 18, which saw sales rise 61%. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe overtakes five games to make No.4 (sales up 39%), while PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds on Xbox One rounds off the Top Five after a 98% sales increase.

There are actually three Xbox One exclusives in the Top Ten. Forza Motorsport 7 shot back into the Top 40 after some price activity, and returns to the charts at No.9.

Other big titles such as Assassin's Creed Origins (No.8) and Call of Duty: WWII (No.6), also rose up the charts with a 61% and 100% increase in sales respectively.

It was a good week for Switch, too. Alongside Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey sales rose 30% (although drops a place to No.11), and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild rises 26% in sales (but drops from No.16 to No.18).

Sticking with Nintendo, the big release of last week Detective Pikachu on 3DS had a far better second week - which is a rare sight indeed. Sales rose 76% and the game is now at No.15 in the charts (up from No.23).

The other new game of last week, EA's new IP A Way Out, drops to No.7 after a 61% slide in sales.

Here is the UKIE/GfK Top Ten for the week ending March 31st.

Last Week This Week Title
New Entry 1 Far Cry 5
5 2 FIFA 18
1 3 Sea of Thieves
9 4 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
12 5 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
13 6 Call of Duty: WWII
2 7 A Way Out
14 8 Assassin's Creed Origins
Re-Entry 9 Forza Motorsport 7
7 10 Grand Theft Auto V

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Christopher Dring

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Chris is a 15-year games business veteran. He spent nine years at UK business weekly MCV, including five years as editor. He joined GI in 2016 and oversees editorial, sales and events worldwide. He is the architect behind Best Places To Work Awards and GI Live. And is a tiny bit obsessed with market data. He also writes for Doctor Who Magazine. Because Doctor Who is awesome.

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