Gran Turismo Sport Debuts Bigger than GT6 in the UK
It has taken a long time, but Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo franchise has finally arrived on PS4. Gran Turismo Sport debuts at number 1 in the United Kingdom sales chart, achieving the biggest launch for a racing game this year, above the week one numbers of Project Cars 2, F1 2017, or Forza Motorsport 7, and even more mainstream titles like Middle Earth: Shadow of War. Furthermore, in a generation marked by the expansion of digital sales and the decline of sequels, GT Sport has a bigger debut than Gran Turismo 6, although it stays far off the franchise heights of GT5, which sold three times more physical copies than Sport at launch.
With this solid debut and a focus on a long range support, the game is expected to become of the main incentives to purchase a PS4 console this winter thanks to its presence in a number of bundles with the console. We gave the game a positive review, concluding that “GT Sport’s shift away from the normal structure of racing titles was a risky bet. It pays off for racing purists, but those who judge a game solely by the number of tracks, cars, and modes it has may be a little disappointed.”
The next highest new release of the week is South Park: The Fracture But Whole, which debuts at number 3 with slightly lower sales than 2014’s The Stick of Truth, easily explainable by the expansion of digital sales since then. Finally, WWE 2K18 enters the charts at number 4, suffering a decline in sales due to the absence of versions for Xbox 360 and PS3 for the firs time.
As for last week’s releases, Shadow of War drops a hefty 74% in sales, while The Evil Within 2 has a slightly better performance, down 56%.
Top 10 UK All Formats List
1. Gran Turismo Sport
2. FIFA 18
3. South Park: The Fractured But Whole
4. WWE 2K18
5. Middle Earth: Shadow of War
6. The Evil Within 2
7. Destiny 2
8. Grand Theft Auto V
9. Forza Motorsport 7
10. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Top 10 UK Individual Formats List
1. Gran Turismo Sport (PS4)
2. FIFA 18 (PS4)
3. South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PS4)
4. WWE 2K18 (PS4)
5. FIFA 18 (XBO)
6. WWE 2K18 (XBO)
7. South Park: The Fractured But Whole (XBO)
8. Middle Earth: Shadow of War (PS4)
9. Middle Earth: Shadow of War (XBO)
10. Forza Motorsport 7 (XBO)
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