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Elden Ring Sets Record for Biggest Souls-Like Game Launch in the UK

Elden Ring Sets Record for Biggest Souls-Like Game Launch in the UK - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 March 2022 / 2,429 Views

Elden Ring debuted in first place on the UK retail charts, according to GfK for the week ending February 26, 2022.

Elden Ring set a new record in the UK for the biggest launch ever at retail for a Souls-like game. It beat the previous record holder, Dark Souls 3, by 26 percent. The game is also the third biggest retail launch in the UK of 2022, behind Pokémon Legends: Arceus and Horizon: Forbidden West.

63 percent of retail sales of Elden Ring were for the PS5, 17 percent on the Xbox, 17 percent on the PS4, and 3 percent on PC. It should be noted that Xbox and PC has higher digital sales than other platforms and digital sales are not counted in these charts.

Horizon: Forbidden West in its second week dropped from first to second place as sales fell 79 percent week-on-week. There was also a drop in available PS5 consoles. 

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is down one spot to third place as sales increased five percent. Dying Light 2: Stay Human fell from third to seventh as sales dropped 55 percent.

Grid Legends debuted outside the top 10 in 18th place. The PS5 version accounted for 56 percent of the sales at retail, Xbox at 26 percent, and PS4 at 17 percent.

Grand Theft Auto: The Definitive Edition re-entered the top 10 in 10th place as sales increased 24 percent.

Here are the top 10 best-selling titles for the week:

    1. Elden Ring - NEW
    2. Horizon: Forbidden West
    3. Pokémon Legends: Arceus
    4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
    5. FIFA 22
    6. Call of Duty: Vanguard 
    7. Dying Light 2: Stay Human
    8. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
    9. Minecraft (NS)
    10. Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition

Thanks, GamesIndustry.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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7 Comments
brute (on 27 February 2022)

Amazing for ER.
Disappointing for Horizon. It deserves better . Im enjoying the game so far. Hopefully other regions are picking up the slack from U.K. and hopefully it will be an evergreen.

Pokemon... amazing that it actually increased!

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hiccupthehuman (on 27 February 2022)

Pretty rare for games to beat their predecessors physically in the UK nowadays. Very, very good for ER.

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Qwark (on 28 February 2022)

Horizon isn't selling very well. Oh well about time to make something new Guerilla. Even though I love Horizon, it seems people aren't really waiting for more Horizon. Pokémon Arceus will likely outsell it next week.

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kazuyamishima Qwark (on 28 February 2022)

You know these are only physical sales and don't represent WW sales right??

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shikamaru317 Qwark (on 28 February 2022)

That's a bit unfair to say I think. Firstly, coming in 2nd place to a game that won most anticipated game 2 years in a row at The Game Awards (something no game ever did before), is nothing to be ashamed of. Secondly, Elden Ring is on 5 platforms, Horizon 2 is only on 2 platforms. Thirdly, Dring said that Horizon 2 only lost to Elden Ring by a slim margin on this physical only ranking (though he did say that the gap is larger once digital is combined with physical, since Xbox and PC both have higher digital ratios than PS does.

Horizon 1 sold 20m copies lifetime, that is something that only 1 other Sony game has managed so far, God of War (2018) I believe. By comparison, at last official update from Sony, TLOU 1 had sold 17m+, Uncharted 4 had sold 15m+, Spider-Man had sold 13m+, and Ghost of Tsushima had sold 8m+ units. I'd say that Horizon 2 is on track to sell pretty similarly to the first game lifetime, while also having more early life, high profit margin sales than the first game.

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Qwark shikamaru317 (on 28 February 2022)

Still an almost 80% drop is huge and its launch was smaller than Spiderman Miles Morales. I don't think it's going to sell 20 million like it's predecessor.

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Otter Qwark (on 02 March 2022)

It launched with sales almost equal to HZ1 (including digital), despite its primary platform having a much smaller userbase. The huge drop makes sense for this week given the scale of Elden Rings hype and both being open world single player games (and archeus still likely competing for attention given Switch/playstation userbase Cross over,).

I had to pick between them and for now I picked Elden Ring which is literally being hyped as one of the best games of all time. I still haven't complete Archeus yet either lol. When the dust settles i think Horizon will have more casual appeal than Elden Ring and will regains momentum after GT7 launches and it his has some breathing room from other big releases+ more PS5 stock.

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