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Black Ops II tops UK chart – but Call Of Duty sales are at four year low

Call Of Duty: Black Ops II is top of the new UK sales charts, but its opening week sales have been less than Modern Warfare 3, Black Ops, and Modern Warfare 2 – making it ‘only’ the fourth biggest opening of all-time in the UK.

Before Call Of Duty haters get too excited though this is not the first time that sales have slipped for the series, with
last year’s Modern Warfare 3 also failing to outdo the original Black Ops’ record in the UK. Indeed, by
April this year Modern Warfare 3 was selling half what Black Ops had managed during the same month in 2011.

The news follows
last week’s revelation that, on a worldwide basis, Black Ops II did not beat the sales record of its predecessors – or at least not to judge by the carefully worded press release from Activision.

It’s unclear whether this suggests people are getting tired of Call Of Duty or perhaps first person shooters in general – since Halo 4 also unexpectedly sold less than either of its immediate two predecessors. Although sales of the two may have eaten into each other to a degree on the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 3 would’ve been unaffected.

Without sales figures or any kind of strong rival, in the form of a non-sequel aiming at the same market, it’s impossible to tell. The most likely explanation is simply the current financial situation for most people, especially when faced with games where they may already own several in the same series.

In the end Call Of Duty sold 60 per cent of its copies on Xbox 360, 38 per cent on the PlayStation 3, and 2 per cent on the PC – although as ever that doesn’t include digital sales.

Elsewhere in the multiformat chart critically mauled PS Vita title Call Of Duty: Black Ops – Declassified got as high as number 16, and number 17 in the individual formats chart.

The second highest new entry of the week though was The Sims 3: Seasons for the PC, with the latest expansion pack reaching number nine in both charts.

Meanwhile, Sony Christmas hopeful Wonderbook: Book Of Spells debuted at number 25 (number 27 in the individual formats chart). Although it’s far too early to tell what that means for the game, and the Wonderbook franchise in general, as it was always likely to be a slow burner.

None of the versions of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed or F1 Race Stars managed to get into the individual formats chart but the F1 game sneaked in at number 26 in the multiformat chart, with Sega’s game one step behind at 27.

Predictably the two Mario Kart clones seem to have cannibalised each other’s sales, although it’s probably wishful thinking to imagine that will convince publishers to start scheduling their games with a bit more thought in the future.

Tomorrow sees the release of Hitman: Absolution, although whether it’ll oust Black Ops II from the top spot remains to be seen. It’ll certainly have considerable competition of its own from fellow new entry Lego The Lord Of The Rings on Friday – as well as PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale and Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two.

UK individual formats chart – 17 November

1 (-) Call Of Duty: Black Ops II (360)

2 (-) Call Of Duty: Black Ops II (PS3)

3 (1) Halo 4 (360)

4 (2) Assassin’s Creed III (360)

5 (5) FIFA 13 (360)

6 (3) Assassin’s Creed III (PS3)

7 (8) Just Dance 4 (Wii)

8 (6) FIFA 13 (PS3)

9 (-) The Sims 3: Seasons (PC)

10(-) Call Of Duty: Black Ops II (PC)

UK multiformat charts – 17 November

1 (-) Call Of Duty: Black Ops II (360/PS3/PC)

2 (1) Halo 4 (360)

3 (3) FIFA 13 (PS2/Wii/360/PS3/PC/PSP/3DS/PSV)

4 (2) Assassin’s Creed III (360/PS3)

5 (6) Skylanders Giants (Wii/360/PS3/3DS)

6 (4) Need For Speed: Most Wanted (360/PS3/PC/PSV)

7 (9) Just Dance 4 (Wii/Kinect/Move)

8 (8) Borderlands 2 (360/PS3/PC)

9 (-) The Sims 3: Seasons (PC)

10(5) Football Manager 2013 (PC)

Video: Check out the
Call Of Duty: Black Ops II trailer


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