Proving that it’s still the reigning champion as far as shooters are concerned, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has clinched the top spot on the UK charts in its first week of release, knocking direct competitor Battlefield 1 into second place.
According to chart tracker Gfk, Infinite Warfare is the second biggest release of the year in the UK, beaten only by FIFA 17, which currently sits at No. 3 in the sales chart. Despite the strong performance, Gfk reports that sales of Infinite Warfare represent a 48.4% dip in comparison with last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops III, a potential warning sign that series fatigue has finally started to set in after over a decade of annual releases.
In a statement provided to VG247, Activision told the site that “According to GFK, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is the #1 shooter/action game week one launch of 2016 in the U.K.” True as that may be, Activision will no doubt be working to discern why sales have dropped so drastically between releases – there’s certainly no shortage of reasons.
Accusations of pay-to-win content, a dislike of the futuristic setting and stiff competition are all possible catalysts for the smaller return. The latter prospect in particular seems likely, especially with both Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 having been released in such close proximity.
You can see below for this week’s full top 10.
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- Battlefield 1
- FIFA 17
- The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Special Edition
- Titanfall 2
- Football Manager 2017
- Skylanders Imaginators
- Mafia 3
- Grand Theft Auto 5
- Forza Horizon 3