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Madden NFL 21, Project Cars 3 off to slow start in UK as Animal Crossing reigns

Published: 12:55, 31 August 2020
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When it comes to boxed sales in the UK, Madden NFL 21 didn't exactly light up the market coming in last in the Top 10, but things were even worse for Project Cars 3.

You could argue that Madden NFL 21 isn't what Brits call football, and you'd be right, but it sure didn't prevent its predecessor from hitting 43 per cent better sales in its first week. 

Now, we must stress that we're talking about physical sales in the age of digital. We've come to expect halved physical sales for sequels - a trend which only games like Red Dead Redemption 2 seem to have the privilege to ignore. 

That said, we can't dismiss the fact that Madden NFL 21 has faced a passionate backlash from fans. Incremental updates of EA's sports franchises have long been likened to nicely packaged roster updates, but the persistence of some bugs has led to them banding together under the NFLdropEA hashtag. 

The other freshly launched title, Project Cars 3, has fared even worse as it didn't even make it into the Top 10. Slightly Mad Studios' game sits in 17 place with launch sales as much as 86 per cent lower than its predecessor. 

We're confident that digital sales would improve this figure significantly but this is far below the above trend, even if it's just a layman's statistical analysis. 

Slightly Mad Studios Project Cars 3's vehicle Koenigsegg Jesko Project Cars 3, Koenigsegg Jesko

Animal Crossing: New Horizons and PGA Tour 2K21, however, are doing pretty great, with the latter showing some pretty stable sales for its second week on the shelves. The rest of the chart is as follows:

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • PGA Tour 2K21
  • Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Minecraft (Switch)
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • FIFA 20
  • EA Sports UFC 4
  • Ring Fit Adventure
  • Madden NFL 21

Madden NFL 21 by EA Sports launches in August 2020

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Madden NFL 21 looking good!

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