In its first week, Battlefield 1 outperforms both Battlefield 4 and Battlefield Hardline sales combined, helping it top the UK sales charts ahead of other major titles.
While Call of Duty continues to venture farther into the future, DICE and Electronic Arts decided to take a step back and revisit an important time in history for Battlefield 1. The developer and publisher took a chance by breaking the mold of modern and future warfare, and opted for a World War I shooter.
That decision, it seems, was a good one. According to new data from Chart-Track, Battlefield 1 sold more copies in its first week than Battlefield 4 and Battlefield Hardline did in their first weeks combined in the UK. In fact, Battlefield 1 came in just behind Tom Clancy’s The Division, a game that set sales records for Ubisoft.
Prior to the game’s launch, Electronic Arts revealed it expects to sell just under 15 million copies of Battlefield 1 in the first year. That’s according to the company’s internal data that has past Battlefield games selling about that much in their first year. Considering the quick success Battlefield 1 has seen, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the shooter easily outperform those projections.
That said, this year will see some hefty competition for Battlefield 1, including another title from Electronic Arts itself. Titanfall 2 and Call of Duty: infinite Warfare are both due out in the next couple weeks and may dampen Battlefield 1’s sales into the holidays.
Additionally, while Call of Duty sales have struggled over the last few years, Activision is delivering more than just a new title this time around. In addition to Infinite Warfare, the publisher is offering Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered as an add-on to Infinite Warfare. Modern Warfare is a much-loved title in the world of shooter games, and there are many gamers who have already revealed they’re planning to pick up Infinite Warfare just to get their hands on Modern Warfare Remastered. Naturally, that will go a long way in helping Infinite Warfare see strong success this year, and may even catapult it past last year’s Black Ops 3.
Concerning Titanfall 2, it’s interesting to see Electronic Arts release two highly-anticipated shooters so close to each other. There’s an obvious risk of cannibalizing sales from their own IP, but it seems the publisher may be looking to grab as many potential Call of Duty buyers as possible through whatever means necessary.
It will be interesting to see how the rest of the holiday buying season plays out, and if Battlefield 1 can hold onto its position as the top selling title. On another note, Mafia 3 and Batman: Return to Arkham both made the top ten in sales, and Grand Theft Auto V continues to see impressive sales, despite having first released in 2013. Below is the list of top ten UK sales titles from the past week:
- Battlefield 1
- FIFA 17
- Mafia 3
- Gears of War 4
- Batman, Return to Arkham
- WWE 2K17
- Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Edition
- Forza Horizon 3
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Minecraft: Xbox Edition
What do you think about Battlefield 1’s sales in its first week? Can it continue dominating the charts, or will it fall to Call of Duty and Titanfall 2?
Battlefield 1 is currently available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.