Destiny Pips Watch Dogs To Become UK’s Fastest-Selling New IP In History


As expected, Bungie’s sci-fi opus Destiny has stormed to the summit of the UK all-format charts this week, knocking The Sims 4 down to second place in the process.

Not only that, the long-anticipated shared-world shooter also became the fastest-selling new IP in the country’s history, according to retail analyst Chart-Track, replacing Ubisoft’s previous record holder, Watch Dogs.

Here’s the UK’s biggest video game launches of 2014 thus far:

1) Destiny
2) Watch Dogs
3) Titanfall
4) Wolfenstein: The New Order
5) Infamous: Second Son

Circling back to Destiny, though, it’s understood that 46 per cent of sales belonged to PlayStation 4 versions of the game, with Xbox One accounting for 36 per cent. In terms of the last-gen systems, PS3 and Xbox 360 took home 4 per cent and a 14 per cent share of the sales, respectively.

What’s interesting is that, if you combine sales of the game across all four platforms, physical sales of Destiny were split evenly at 50/50 despite the PlayStation-oriented marketing campaign. In fact, this partnership between Sony and Activison led Microsoft to run a spoof Destiny “fragrance” that was essentially a Trojan Horse-styled message to remind players that the game was in fact available on Xbox platforms.

Of course, we can expect that Sony will continue to treat Bungie’s latest project as a first-party title in the run up to the holiday season — for lack of a better alternative, in truth. For the complete list of this week’s standings, be sure to check out the top ten in full below.

1) Destiny
2) The Sims 4
3) Watch Dogs
4) Call of Duty: Ghosts
5) The Last of Us: Remastered
6) Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
7) NHL 15
8) Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
9) Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition
10) Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution

Source: GfK