The Division 2’s recent release means the Tom Clancy shooter tops the UK physical games chart for the week ending March 16, according to sales monitor Chart-Track. However, Eurogamer reports the game’s launch week sales are just 20% of those achieved by the game’s predecessor, The Division.
There are mitigating factors: the first game launched on a Tuesday, rather than a Friday, so had more time in its first week to garner sales. In addition, more people buy digitally now than in 2016, and downloads are not counted by Chart-Track. Regardless, an 80% drop in launch week sales is significant.
The chart is otherwise largely made up of the usual suspects: Red Dead Redemption 2 continues its stay at No.2, while fellow Rockstar title Grand Theft Auto V rises to No.3. FIFA 19 and The Lego Movie 2 Video Game round out the top five at No.4 and No.5, respectively.
The only other new game in the chart this week is One Piece World Seeker, which enters at No.28. Last week’s No.1, Devil May Cry 5, drops to No.6 this week.
Despite hitherto lackluster physical sales, The Division 2 has enjoyed positive verdicts from critics. GameSpot’s Division 2 review-in-progress awarded the game a 9/10, with Edmond Tran stating he’s “still enamored with” the sequel after 30 hours of game time.
You can read the full top 10 sales chart for this week below, courtesy of UKIE and GfK Chart-Track. Note this table does not include digital sales data, and so should not be considered representative of all UK game sales.
- The Division 2
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Grand Theft Auto V
- FIFA 19
- The Lego Movie 2 Video Game
- Devil May Cry 5
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Far Cry: New Dawn
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe