EA Sports FC and The Last of Us 2 impress in tough January UK monthly charts – SparkChronicles

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UK game sales in January were 2.47 million copies, down 3% from the same period last year.

This is based on GSD data, which tracks all physical game sales as well as all digital sales from most major third-party publishers.

The sales leader is EA Sports FC 24. EA’s last football game, FIFA 23, also topped the charts in January 2023, and EA Sports FC 24 actually performed better than its predecessor in January.

Last year, there weren’t a lot of new releases (Dead Space Remastered was the highest-ranking new release on the charts, at No. 4). However, there are several new titles this time around.

The second-placed new title, The Last of Us Part II: Remastered, performed very well and benefited from a £10 upgrade offer (PS4 owners can purchase the PS5 version for £10).

After two weeks on the market, the game has sold two and a half times more than The Last of Us Part 1, which launched in September 2022.

New games on the list include “Tekken 8”, ranking seventh. The data doesn’t go back far enough to make comparisons with Tekken 7, but compared to last year’s Street Fighter 6, Tekken was released more than a third later. Interestingly, the vast majority of Street Fighter 6’s sales came from digital channels, while Tekken 8 still has a large audience that prefers physical games (at least in comparison).

Outside the top ten, Ubisoft’s “Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown” ranked 15th and “Yakuza: Infinite Fortune” ranked 23rd.

Console sales decline due to difficult year-on-year comparison

GfK panel data shows that nearly 111,000 consoles were sold in the UK in January.

It dropped 19% compared to January last year, and sales of the three major console platforms all declined year-on-year. Xbox Series S and X sales fell 7%, PS5 sales fell 17%, and Nintendo Switch sales fell 31%.

This year was always going to be tough by comparison, as sales surged last year when the PS5 and Xbox Series S and X became fully available in stores after a period of shortages. Meanwhile, the Nintendo Switch is approaching its seventh anniversary, which is about the time we usually hear about replacements…

In terms of accessories, sales of peripherals and add-on products in January were 687,000 pieces (GfK data), an increase of nearly 10% compared with the same period last year. Controllers for Xbox and PlayStation consoles led the market, likely due to the amount of hardware sold during the Christmas period.

UK GSD Top 10 January 2024 (digital and physical)

Location title
1 EA Sports FC 24 (EA)
2 The Last of Us Part II: Remastered (Sony)
3 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision Blizzard)
4 Hogwarts Legacy (Warner Bros.)
5 Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar)
6 Grand Theft Auto Online (Rockstar)
7 Tekken 8 (Bandai Namco)
8 Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
9 Super Mario Bros. Miracle (Nintendo)*
10 Spider-Man 2 (Sony)

*Unable to obtain numeric data

GSD digital data includes games sold by participating companies through the PC Digital Store, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and Nintendo Eshop. The main participating companies include Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Codemasters, Electronic Arts, Embracer Group (including Gearbox, Koch Media, Saber Interactive), Focus Entertainment, Kepler, Konami, Marvelous Games, Microids, Microsoft (including Bethesda), Milestone, Nacon, Paradox Interactive, Quantic Dream, Sega, Sony, Square Enix, Take-Two, Tencent, Ubisoft and Warner Bros. Nintendo and 505 Games were notable absentees, along with smaller studios.

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