Mass Effect Andromeda sold fewer physical copies than Mass Effect 3 during its first week on sale in the UK.
That’s despite an extra day to rack sales up, as well. Andromeda launched here in the UK last Thursday. Mass Effect 3 launched on a Friday, back in March 2012.
But, five years ago, the sales picture was very different. Physical PC copies (the only kind counted by UK numbers company Chart-Track) counted for 10 per cent of Mass Effect 3 launch sales. For Andromeda, physical PC copies counted for just four per cent. Many more will be digital – purchased through EA’s Origin service.
Digital sales through console will also make up a much larger share than they did on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 back in 2012 – especially as there was no boxed version of Andromeda’s Deluxe Edition.
Reviews painted a disappointing picture of Andromeda last week, which may well have impacted sales. It’s something I polled your opinion about last Friday – and while far from scientific the results indicated reviews indeed had a say.
Elsewhere, Ghost Recon: Wildlands continued to sell strongly, budged down into second place.
Overall, the UK top 10 remains largely unchanged, with PlayStation 4 exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn in fourth behind Lego Worlds, and Nintendo exclusive Zelda: Breath of the Wild in sixth, behind GTA5.
Here’s the full top 10:
- Mass Effect Andromeda
- Ghost Recon Wildlands
- Lego Worlds
- FIFA 17
- Rocket League
- COD: IW
- Forza Horizon 3