Battlefield V is officially one week old but the first news fresh off its maiden voyage ain't exactly great. The game's physical sales in the UK were only good enough to secure fourth place, lagging behind Battlefield 1 by 63 per cent.
EA can't complain much about how the chart looks at the moment though, what with FIFA 19 returning to the top. You may recall the game being in fifth place last week, but some discounts and console promotions helped it reclaim the throne.
Ironically enough, EA and DICE's tried to improve their odds against Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2 by launching Battlefield V in November. I do believe that we can all see how that worked out.
Granted, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was subject to some heavy discounting as well, which helped it jump from seventh to second place this week. Red Dead Redemption 2, on the other hand, did its sales fair and square, i.e. no discounts or anything, but it still had to slide one place down.
Of course, the chart only accounts for sales of boxed copies, so Battlefield V might still be doing well for all we know. Unfortunately, EA aren't quite forthcoming when it comes to sharing their data on digital sales, especially when there's apparently little to share.
EA will probably twist some statistics up in a math-bouquet to give Battlefield V the appearance of a game with at least one franchise-first milestone, which to be fair seems to be a standard industry practice at the moment. After all, DICE's game is hardly the first game whose boxed sales are lagging behind their predecessors.
In fact, Battlefield V is said to have outperformed the launch week performance by the likes of Assassin's Creed: Odyssey and Fallout 76, both of which suffer from the same curse. The curse of switching to digital.
- FIFA 19
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Battlefield V
- Forza Horizon 4
- Fallout 76
- Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu!
- Spyro Reignited Trilogy
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe