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Forums - Sales Discussion - For the first time in 13 years, the new CoD game is not #1 in the UK on launch

The King has been overthrown. Call of Duty games have debuted at #1 on the sales charts in the UK every launch week since I believe CoD 4 in 2007. However, this was not the case this year, Assassin's Creed Valhalla lead Call of Duty on the UK physical charts for the week, according to a writer:

Worth noting that this is the physical chart only, Call of Duty may have lead on physical + digital combined in the UK, though that is not certain, since Ubisoft has reported increased digital ratio for all of their recent Assassin's Creed games, with Origins in 2017 having a physical/digital ratio of 65/35, Odyssey in 2018 with 55/45, an increase of 10% for the digital ratio in just 1 year; 2 more years have passed since 2018, so AC Valhalla could be well over 50% digital now.

Edit: Some further updates from him: 

Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 15 November 2020

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Maybe the price tag was a factor ?

Refreshing. I hope this trend continues and CoD ends up the way of Medal of Honor.

Valhalla has done insanely well. Twice the players at launch compared to Odyssey.... and the PS5 wasn't even out when Valhalla launched so some players who preordered won't even be included in that.

CoD may also be missing sales from people waiting for a PS5 version, considering all the PlayStation exclusive content this time I'm sure CoD has an even stronger PlayStation leaning than usual. So the unlaunched PS5 may be having a much bigger factor here than it does with AC Valhalla.

I think Warzone genuinely may be a factor.


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Dallinor said:
I think Warzone genuinely may be a factor.

Most likely. Regular CoD multiplayer playerbase for Modern Warfare 2019 dropped significantly after Warzone was added in March, stands to reason that Warzone would hurt this year's CoD since you don't need to own it to keep enjoying Warzone.

Another factor is that AC itself grew alot this year, Ubisoft said that the first week playerbase was double AC Odyssey in 2018, and Odyssey was said to have a higher first week playerbase than the other AC games this gen (Black Flag, Rogue, Unity, Syndicate, Origins), so doubling Odyssey is no small achievement.

Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 15 November 2020

Would be nice if it were reported without the hyperbole.

Bet Shiken that COD would outsell Battlefield in 2018.