- Nov 9, 2006
Assassin's Creed Valhalla is the best-selling UK boxed game in one of the biggest release weeks in video games history.
It did remarkably well, so well that it kept Call of Duty from making No.1 during its debut week for the first time in 13 years.
In terms of physical sales, Assassin's Creed Valhalla had a massive week, with launch sales more than double that of its predecessor -- Assassin's Creed Odyssey. 42% of the game's sales came on PS4, and 18% came on PS5, despite the latter machine not coming out in the UK until next week. The rest of the sales (40%) came with the Xbox version. The game was marketed alongside the new games consoles released this week, the Xbox Series X and S. However, Ubisoft sold just one 'Xbox' SKU to cover all platforms -- including Xbox One -- which means it's impossible to know exactly which Xbox platform the game was bought for.
39% of Call of Duty's sales came on PS4, 34% was for the Xbox One version, 17% for the PS5 SKU and 9% for the Xbox Series-only version.
The third best-selling game was the new Spider-Man: Miles Morales, the successor to 2018's hit Marvel's Spider-Man. Boxed sales of this new game are 56% lower than the original, although it's worth noting that Miles Morales is not billed as a full sequel to that game, but rather a shorter spin-off (and again, we will need to consider the impact of digital sales).
It is, however, billed as one of the big launch games for PlayStation 5, and 71% of its sales were for the new console (with 29% of sales coming on PS4). We'll get a better picture of its debut performance once the PS5 actually launches in the UK next week.
Other PS5 games in the charts include Demon's Souls at No.6, Sackboy: A Big Adventure at No.13 and Godfall at No.16. Demon's Souls and Godfall are only on PS5, whereas Sackboy saw 89% of sales coming on the PS5 version, with the remainder on PS4. Again, this is all just boxed games data.
Yakuza: Like A Dragon makes No.20, with 65% of unit sales coming on PS4 and 35% on 'Xbox'. Finally, Planet Coaster: Console Edition comes in at No.17. Remarkably, the game sold almost exactly the same number of copies on PS4, Xbox and PS5.