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UK game charts: Titanfall drops in at first, biggest launch of 2014, Xbox One sales up 96%

Monday, 17th March 2014 09:45 GMT By Dave Cook

Titanfall and Dark Souls 2 have entered the UK charts at first and second respectively, marking a strong release for both new titles.

It follows our Titanfall review round-up and Dark Souls 2 review list. Both games have scored very well indeed.

Chart-keeper UKIE reveals that Titanfall is the UK’s biggest game launch of the year so far, and has more than doubled the sales of EA’s other big-hitter FIFA 14. It has helped Xbox One hardware sales jump 96%, thanks in part to Microsoft’s new Xbox One Titanfall bundle, which accounts for 70% of the console’s sales.

The firm added that Dark Souls 2 launch sales are up 20% on its predecessor.

Here’s the UK top ten in full:

  1. Titanfall
  2. Dark Souls 2
  3. South Park: The Stick of Truth
  4. The LEGO Movie Videogame
  5. Thief
  6. FIFA 14
  7. Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
  8. Call of Duty: Ghosts
  9. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
  10. Battlefield 4

Fellow newcomer Yoshi’s New Island entered the chart at 12, marking a strong start for the 3DS platformer.

What to you make of this week’s positions?

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19 Comments

  1. Joe Anderson

    96% of 0 = 0.

    The 96% boost is PR talk really. What is more interesting is how many it was selling before the boost. Then we get our answer on how well Xbox One is really performing. The other question is, can it sustain this boost over time now that there are no games coming out other than MGS, Kinect Sports and Watch Dogs?

    You’d have to ask the same question of PS4 really.

    #1 5 months ago
  2. Mike W

    @Joe Anderson

    I agree, we have no idea when Quantum Break is going to be release and after Infamous drops this week Sony doesn’t have another big title until November (maybe).

    I guess we have to depend on third parties as usual, but even they have a lackluster line up. :(

    #2 5 months ago
  3. SuaveArmadillo

    @Joe Anderson C’mon man… a 96% boost in sales is huge no matter what the sales were before. It tells you that there has been a huge boost in consumer interest. Of course it can’t sustain that kind of boost over time, it spiked because Titanfall is an exclusive. The REAL interesting question is how long can the sales can stay above that pre-Titanfall mark.

    #3 5 months ago
  4. johnapocalypse

    @SuaveArmadillo

    You say its impressive but I remember after the Xbone was announced there was a news article where it said that WiiU sales went up %800 then but when the PS4 came out it outsold the WiiU here on its first day of release

    #4 5 months ago
  5. SuaveArmadillo

    @johnapocalypse I’m sure Nintendo was happy that the wiiu was up 800% if that is in fact true. You don’t need to make direct comparisons to judge success. 96% increase is good for Microsoft no matter how you slice it, this isn’t about how it compares to PS4, it’s about the fact that Titanfall has helped the Xbox increase its sales by almost 100%, that’s the story, that’s it. How you choose to interpret that in comparison to Sony and Nintendo does not change this from good news to bad news.

    #5 5 months ago
  6. Djoenz

    According to vgchartz.com last week’s hardware sales of Xbox One in UK was about 150k.
    VGchartz.com take it with a grain of salt ofcourse, but 15k is not impressive IMO.

    #6 5 months ago
  7. Djoenz

    @Djoenz
    15k my bad!
    EDIT button .

    #7 5 months ago
  8. Major Mayhem 70

    None of this should be surprising.

    #8 5 months ago
  9. The_Red

    Dammit, I was hoping that Dark Souls 2 could reach the top spot. Nothing against Titanfall (It’s a great multiplayer game) but after the relatively decent hype surrounding DS2 and the great reviews, it felt like this amazing series could finally debut at number 1.

    Anyway, can’t wait for the PC version.

    #9 5 months ago
  10. Legendaryboss

    @Joe Anderson
    Their (PS4 & Xbox One) sales will drop and rise according to the release schedule. Nothing too drastic for PS4, for Xbox One… Thats an uncertainty at this point.

    Point: Uh huh: thats a new shake up for the UK charts: although i expected we should have heard about Titanfall sales figures by now must not be worthing gloating about or ain’t at a point MS & EA like. Dark Souls 2 performed better, thats good.

    #10 5 months ago
  11. Legendaryboss

    TOP 10 ENTERTAINMENT SOFTWARE (ALL PRICES), WEEK ENDING 15 March 2014

    01 (NE) TITANFALL (ELECTRONIC ARTS) – Over 125.000
    02 (NE) DARK SOULS II (BANDAI NAMCO GAMES)
    03 (01) SOUTH PARK: THE STICK OF TRUTH (UBISOFT)
    04 (04) THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE) – 13.100
    05 (02) THIEF (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE) – Between 11.200 and 12.000
    06 (05) FIFA 14 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
    07 (03) PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE (ELECTRONIC ARTS) – Over 11.200
    08 (06) CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD) – 7.300
    09 (07) MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION (MICROSOFT)
    10 (08) BATTLEFIELD 4 (ELECTRONIC ARTS) – 5.600

    Dark Souls II

    360 (51%)
    PS3 (49%)

    Dark Souls

    PS3 (58%)
    360 (42%)
    http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=104700519&postcount=83

    Food for thought.

    #11 5 months ago
  12. The_Red

    @Legendaryboss
    DS2 selling better on 360 is really interesting, seeing how Souls was born as a PS franchise.

    Hopefully the game keeps steadily selling on both as well as PC so we can see a true next-gen sequel on XB1, PS4 and PC.

    #12 5 months ago
  13. bobnice

    Well so much for all the people saying that titanfall wasn’t gonna be a system seller, since it helped increase xbox one sales by 96% with 70% of those numbers being titanfall bundles. And it’s very early, hasn’t even been out a week yet

    #13 5 months ago
  14. Major Mayhem 70

    @13
    And this is just UK numbers, for a game that hasn’t been out for a week, and only being sold on the X1 and PC. Wait for the 360 numbers to drop when it gets released on it. Safe to say, Titanfall will be a success. Once again, not surprised.

    #14 5 months ago
  15. TheWulf

    And while everyone is being belligerent platform fans, I’m just happy for TT Games continued success with the LEGO movie video game. Woo! I love their stuff, so much.

    Man, it wasn’t this bad back in the days of the home computers. There was friendly ribbing about the Speccy versus the C64, but ever since the 16-bit era of consoles it’s all been completely barmy. I remember the Mega Drive vs. Super Nintendo wars (both of which were good machines that had good games), and that was just as ridiculous as this all is now.

    That’s why I hate platform exclusivity so much, it only engenders this sort of silly, extroverted tribalism.

    I’m more than happy for PC games to be released on the consoles, and I’m pleased when developers aren’t foolish enough to buy into platform exclusivity. It’s like how I feel about PopCap, really. They were developing these rad games for the PC and quickly porting them over to every other platform imaginable, and those times were great. Then EA bought them out and they started up with this mobile and console exclusivity malarkey.

    The next thing you know, PopCap’s staff has all but completely been laid off. It couldn’t be that platform exclusivity serves no one, could it? No, no. No. I’d love to hear what deranged excuse EA has.

    I really long for a day when this shitty tribalism ends. I feel that people can still have their tribes and be proud of their platforms, we can have Sony tribes, Microsoft tribes, and what have you, but they don’t need to be going to war all the time like angry little poop-flinging monkeys.

    #15 5 months ago
  16. theduckofdeath

    @SuaveArmadillo Some would imply that the previous month had very low sales, so the 96% bump would be insignificant. On the order of 100 sold previous week/month? vs. 196 sold with Titanfall release.

    #16 5 months ago
  17. SuaveArmadillo

    @theduckofdeath
    If 100 were sold then I bet Microsoft was very happy to see almost 200 sold the next week. We all know that the numbers are in the tens of thousands range though so selling double means a lot no matter what the actual number is. In addition, such a spike in sales doesn’t normally drop off over night, it usually trends back down over time, plus, we might not have seen the end of this sales spike yet. It is never insignificant to double your sales even when you are doubling some imaginary number like 100, how could selling 200 the next week be insignificant?

    #17 5 months ago
  18. antraxsuicide

    @TheWulf +1000

    Exclusivity is ridiculous. Absolute garbage. I, too, can’t wait for the day when this practice is completely dissolved. It’s no different than a DVD Player having exclusive movies. That’s laughable.

    #18 5 months ago
  19. Arcnail

    @antraxsuicide Do you know the history of Titanfall? Do you know why its even exclusive?

    You do know that both MS and Sony were freely able to have it, but Sony couldn’t/wouldn’t provide the dedicated server infrastructure. Google it.

    What’s absolute garbage is people barking about games, and have no fn clue what they were talking about in the first place.

    #19 5 months ago

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