Hideo Kojima's delivery simulator is only behind PS4 exclusive Days Gone, which launched in April 2019. Death Stranding sold 36 per cent fewer units than Bend Studio's horror adventure.
Death Stranding has finally arrived and it's not that mysterious after all. It's a game where you have to make a ton of deliveries all over its huge open-world while avoiding the deadly supernatural forces. Many expected more but delivering good and rebuilding the destroyed United States of America is what Death Stranding is all about.
The whole mystery and hype surrounding the game certainly helped with the sales and according to gamesindustry.biz, Death Stranding is the second biggest PS4 launch of 2019, only behind the horror adventure Days Gone from SIE Bend Studio.
When compared to Days Gone, Hideo Kojima's title sold 36 per cent fewer units at launch, which makes it the second biggest exclusive and new IP released this year on Sony's console. Kojima's first game since Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain debuted on the second place on UK physical sales charts.
Infinity Ward's shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare retains the top spot for a third consecutive week, performing extremely well with sales tracking 26 per cent ahead of the previous instalment in the series - Black Ops 4.
There's been a couple of other arrivals this week. EA's Need for Speed Heat debuted at No.5, which is a bit disappointing for the franchise. It also sold 41 per cent fewer physical copies at launch than 2017's Need for Speed: Payback.
Keep in mind that this data only includes physical sales, not digital, which can be a bit misleading since most of the sales in 2019 are digital. Here is the UKIE/GfK top ten list for the week ending 09 November 2019:
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
- Death Stranding
- FIFA 20
- Luigi's Mansion 3
- Need for Speed: Heat
- Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
- Fortnite: Darkfire Bundle
- Mario & Sonic At The Tokyo Olympic Games 2020
- Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville