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UK Charts: Rage 2 is No.1 but fails to match original

A Plague Tale: Innocence breaks into Top Ten

Bethesda's Rage 2 has ended Days Gone's three week stint at the top of the UK Boxed Charts.

Despite charting a place higher than the first game (Rage launched the week after FIFA 12 back in October 2011), the sequel hasn't come close to matching the original. In fact, Rage 2 physical sales are just a quarter of what the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC game manage.

Of course, digital has grown significantly since 2011. GSD data suggests that digital downloading can account for up to 50% of console sales in the UK. If that's the case in this instance, that would still means Rage 2 has sold half of what its original managed during the same time period. Note: Bethesda is one of the few major games publishers that refuses to share digital sales figures.

The game sold best on PS4, accounting for 57% of sales, followed by Xbox One on 38%. PC accounted for 5%, although the majority of PC sales will have come via Steam.

It continues to be a weak physical games market, which does mean some more unusual games are managing to score decent chart positions. A Plague's Tale: Innocence from Asobo Studios and Focus Home Interactive manages to reach No.9.

The only other new game in the Top 40 is the remastered version of Sniper Elite Version 2, which makes No.13 - just 100 units from reaching the Top Ten. The game sold best on PS4 (49% of sales), followed by Xbox One (30%) and then Nintendo Switch (21%).

Last week's No.1 Days Gone drops to No.2 with a 38% fall in sales, Mortal Kombat 11 moves from No.2 to No.4 (down 47%). The game performed solidly last week due to a Switch version landing at retail. Meanwhile, last week's new release, Saints Row: The Third - The Full Package on Nintendo Switch, drops from No.15 to No.38 (down 57%).

Sneaking in at No.40 is Xbox's pirate adventure game Sea of Thieves. The title has seen an increase in sales over the last two weeks following its inclusion in the new All-Digital Xbox One console.

Here is the UKIE/GfK Top Ten for the week ending May 18th.

Last Week This Week Title
New 1 Rage 2
1 2 Days Gone
3 3 FIFA 19
2 4 Mortal Kombat 11
4 5 Red Dead Redemption II
6 6 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
5 7 Grand Theft Auto V
7 8 Tom Clancy's The Division 2
New Entry 9 A Plague's Tale: Innocence
8 10 New Super Mario Bros U

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