It's likely the negative press has had some impact upon the game's sales this week, but the majority of the decline is to be expected.
It's the first time Assassin's Creed has claimed the Christmas No.1 position (and indeed, the first time for Ubisoft), and only the third time a non-FIFA or Call of Duty game has topped the boxed charts in 15 years (source: GfK Entertainment).
The big No.1 of last week was Cyberpunk 2077, and the RPG dropped 80% in sales this week and falls to No.3. The game has received some extremely negative press in recent days due to its poor technical performance on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. However, it's worth noting that an 80% drop in sales is not hugely unusual for a game such as this. Indeed, other games that secured big pre-orders, like The Last of Us: Part Two in the summer, and Assassin's Creed Valhalla in November, both dropped by 80% and 70% respectively in their second week.
This entire chart is purely based on physical retail sales.
|Last Week||This Week||Title|
|4||1||Assassin's Creed Valhalla|
|2||2||Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War|
|3||5||Animal Crossing: New Horizons|
|8||6||Spider-Man: Miles Morales|
|7||7||Mario Kart 8: Deluxe|
|6||8||Just Dance 2021|
|16||9||Ring Fit Adventure|
|10||10||Super Mario 3D All-Star|