In a quiet week for new releases, ‘Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands’ occupies the top spot for a second week. It is a good start to the year for Ubisoft who now have the most weeks at No1 so far in 2017 with four (‘For Honor’ also grabbed two weeks at the top a month ago).
Last week’s bumper week consisting of Switch console launch, ‘Zelda Breath of the Wild’ and Sony’s ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ carries on this week as we welcome a further 4 new releases, 3 of which debut within the Top 6.
A bumper week for gaming is led by ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ which tops the chart as Sony’s biggest ever PS4 launch of a new IP (ahead of No Man’s Sky). Released on Wednesday ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ is also the biggest launch of the year so far and Sony’s biggest launch since ‘Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End’.
On the All Formats Top 40 (Units) Ubisoft’s ‘For Honor’ holds on to No1 for a second week even though sales are down 72% over week 1. Microsoft/THQ Nordic have to settle with No2 as ‘Halo Wars 2’ debuts at No2 for Xbox One and PC.
Launched on Tuesday, ‘For Honor’ debuts on top, giving Ubisoft their first All Formats No1 since ‘Tom Clancy’s The Division’ almost a year ago. It is the biggest entirely new IP to launch at No1 since ‘No Man’s Sky’ with 57% of sales on PS4 and 43% on Xbox One.
On the All Formats Top 40 Units Chart Rockstar/Take 2 return to No1 with ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ for a third time this year and a total of 12 times since original launch back in week 38, 2013 (PS3/360), then a PC launch (week 16, 2015) and finally a PS4/Xbox One launch (week 47, 2014). ‘GTA V’ is now one of only 5 titles to claim a minimum of 12 No1’s on the All Formats Top 40 Units.
‘Resident Evil VII: Biohazard’ lives on at No1 for a second week. It will have to last another week at No1 if it wants to match the franchise’s longest run at the top (Resident Evil 3 and Resident Evil 5 both hung on for three weeks).