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Horizon: Forbidden West is the second biggest PS5 launch so far | UK Boxed Charts

Almost a third of sales were for the PS4 version

Horizon: Forbidden West was comfortably the No.1 game in the UK boxed charts, according to the latest GfK figures.

The game is the second biggest PS5 launch so far, behind popular launch game Spider-Man: Miles Morales and just ahead of FIFA 22. Like Spider-Man, the new Horizon was released on both PS4 and PS5. 68% of the boxed sales were on PS5 with the remainder on the older PlayStation.

Forbidden West's launch sales are down 35% compared with its predecessor: 2017's Horizon: Zero Dawn. However, this data does not factor in digital sales, and the download market has accelerated significantly in the last five years. Digital download data will be released later in the week.

Considering the lack of availability of PS5 consoles, we might expect Horizon to rise up and down the charts as more machines become available.

It means that Pokemon Legends: Arceus falls to No.2 (sales down 52% week-on-week). The Nintendo Switch game was No.1 for three consecutive weeks and is still the fastest-selling game of the year.

The release of Horizon coincided with more PS5 consoles coming to stores, which has resulted in other PS5 games rising up the charts. Spider-Man: Miles Morales is up 15 places to No.12 after a 90% sales rise week-on-week. Meanwhile, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart re-enters the charts at No.20.

Just behind Ratchet & Clank is Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection, which jumps back into the charts at No.21 following the release of the Nintendo Switch version of the pack.

Elsewhere, a new update to Cyberpunk 2077 means that the game is now enhanced for PS5 and Xbox Series X and S. As a result, the CD Projekt title rose 271% in sales week-on-week and re-enters the charts at No.23.

The one other new game in the charts is King of Fighters XV at No.30. The SNK title sold best on PS5, accounting for 53% of sales, with 25% on PS4 and 23% on Xbox.

Here is the GfK UK Boxed Top Ten for the week ending February 19:

Last Week This Week Title
New Entry 1 Horizon: Forbidden West
2 2 Pokémon Legends: Arceus
2 3 Dying Light 2
4 4 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
3 5 FIFA 22
5 6 Animal Crossing: New Horizons
10 7 Call of Duty: Vanguard
8 8 Minecraft (Switch)
7 9 Mario Party Superstars
14 10 Just Dance 2022

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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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