THQ Nordic has announced that Metro Exodus had the best launch in their history. The game was published by Deep Silver, who also published Persona 5 in Europe and other PAL territories, and has already turned a profit. According to THQ Nordic the game “performed in line with management’s expectations and has recouped all investments in development and marketing.” This is incredibly impressive given that Metro Exodus has only been out since mid February. THQ Nordic also announced that they are working with 4A Games, the developers of the Metro series, on another “AAA project”, no other details were revealed. THQ Nordic currently have 80 games in development, 48 of which haven’t been announced as of yet. Metro Exodus is currently available on the PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One.
Bethesda’s Rage 2 has topped the UK boxed charts, ending Days Gone’s three week run at the top. Rage 2 however sold just a quarter of what the first game did and whilst digital game sales have risen drastically since 2011 it still doesn’t look promising. Digital sales are estimated to account for up to 50% of console software sales but that would still mean that the game only managed to sell around half as much as the first game. Rage 2 sold best on PS4 with around 57% of all sales coming on the platform, Xbox One accounted for 38% and 5% of physical sales were on PC.
The only other new entries to make the list is Focus Home Interactive’s A Plague’s Tale: Innocence which debuted in ninth place, due to it being another slow week for physical sales in the UK, and Sniper Elite V2 Remastered which opened in thirteenth place. Days Gone saw a sales drop of 38% and Mortal Kombat 11 saw a drop of 47%, concerning given that the Switch version only came out last week.
Here’s the top 10:
- Rage 2
- Days Gone
- FIFA 19
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Red Dead Redemption II
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
- A Plague’s Tale: Innocence
- New Super Mario Bros U
Ubisoft has announced that the console release of Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 has failed to meet their sales expectations for the game, citing a competitive market as the reason for this. Ubisoft still expect the game to continue growing over the course of its lifetime. The PC release of the game is tracking similarly to the first game, Ubisoft also revealed that sales on their Uplay storefront were up by over 10 times the first game, undoubtedly due to the game being excluded from Steam. Whilst sales expectations were not met, The Division 2 is currently holding it’s playerbase with the game hitting “record highs for engagement per player”. The Season Pass sales were also described as being strong.
Ubisoft has announced that Far Cry 5 is their best selling game of the generation, the game which is currently available on the PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One was the seventh best selling game of 2018. The game was also supported well with three expansions and a sequel in Far Cry New Dawn.
Far Cry 5, which offers a great deal of single player content, managed to beat out all of Ubisoft’s online only titles such as The Crew, For Honor, Tom Clancy’s The Division 1 and 2, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. The game also beat both Assassin’s Creed: Origins and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey as well as Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands.
Take-Two Interactive has announced that the Borderlands series has sold over 43 million copies across all platforms with Borderlands 2 accounting for a staggering 20 million of that. Borderlands 2 sold best on PC with over 11 million copies sold on Steam, it’s unclear how Borderlands: The Handsome Collection sales are accounted for. It’s also unclear as to whether Telltale’s Tales from the Borderlands is included in with these figures. The first entry in the series was released in October 2009. The latest entry, Borderlands 3, is due out this September for the PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One.
Take-Two Interactive has updated the sales figures for Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2, both of which reached new milestones. Grand Theft Auto V has now sold over 110 million copies across the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC, Xbox One and Xbox 360, this is a 10 million increase since the last update we got in November 2018. Red Dead Redemption 2 also hit a new milestone as the game has now sold over 24 million copies across the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This is an increase of 1 million since the last update we got in February 2019.
Square Enix has announced that NieR: Automata has shipped over 4 million copies worldwide across the PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One. The game had shipped over 3.5 million copies as of December 2018. NieR: Automata was originally released in 2017 for the PlayStation 4 and PC, a Xbox One port followed in July of 2018. NieR: Automata Game of the YoRHa Edition was also released for the PS4 and PC in February 2019 and includes all DLC as well as a new exclusive items such as pods and a PS4 theme.