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Watch Dogs becomes most successful new franchise launch of all time - UK Games Charts

Jonathan Lester
UK Games Charts, UK retail

Watch Dogs becomes most successful new franchise launch of all time - UK Games Charts

So a game called Watch Dogs released last week, then.

I'm sure you know that already, because apparently pretty much everyone in the UK bought a copy by the looks of the latest gaming charts, which proclaim that Ubisoft's sandbox is the biggest-selling new IP launch in British history. Most of you probably received your copy before our review code arrived too, but I'll put the finishing touches on our final verdict soon. Fun, but a bit too serious and far too flabby for its own good.

However, it's not the only big success story of last week. Mario Kart 8 has screeched straight to second place, the first Wii U game to do so since the console launched. The free game promotion didn't hurt, and neither did the fact that it's ruddy marvellous. A well-deserved and long-overdue milestone for Nintendo's console.

Otherwise it's business as usual - we've got the official UK top ten after the break.

UK Charts: Week Ending 31st May, 2014 (previous chart position in parentheses, links to reviews where appropriate)

  1. Watch Dogs (new)
  2. Mario Kart 8 (new)
  3. Wolfenstein: The New Order (1)
  4. FIFA 14 (3)
  5. Minecraft: PS3 Edition (2)
  6. FIFA World Cup Brazil (5)
  7. Titanfall (4)
  8. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (7)
  9. Call Of Duty: Ghosts (6)
  10. The LEGO Movie Videogame (10)

Click here for the full top 40, courtesy of GFK Chart-Track >>

Add a comment3 comments
X10  Jun. 2, 2014 at 13:55

Are the numbers just sales numbers, i.e. units sold?
If so surely it's not a fair comparison vs. the last biggest franchise launch of all time? There are going to be more people out there, more PC's, more consoles than last time.
It should be based on percentage to figure out if it's actually been *that big* of a launch.

JonLester  Jun. 2, 2014 at 14:01

Yes, they're just sales numbers. The size of console audiences has increased massively since UK records began, but even when compared to the likes of L.A. Noire, that's still pretty good going. Only established franchise games such as some of the CoD, FIFA and BF sequels have sold more copies in the same timeframe.

stevenjameshyde  Jun. 2, 2014 at 14:32

It's the 17th-largest launch week of all time in terms of units sold, pretty impressive when everything above it is a CoD, a GTA or a similar usual suspect

For ease of comparison, it has sold more copies on XBox One + PC than Titanfall did in it's first week, so when you add PS4 on top of that it's an enormous launch by anyone's standards

Last edited by stevenjameshyde, Jun. 2, 2014 at 14:32

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