Elden Ring is the Biggest Non-Call of Duty or FIFA Launch Since Red Dead Redemption 2

Elden Ring is the Biggest Non-Call of Duty or FIFA Launch Since Red Dead Redemption 2

Richard Walker

With almost everyone currently talking about Elden Ring, it should perhaps come as no surprise that developer FromSoftware's ambitious open world adventure - with lore input from A Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin - has enjoyed a hugely successful launch. In fact, it's the biggest UK game launch since 2021's Call of Duty: Vanguard.

According to digital and physical retail sales data from GSD (via GamesIndustry.biz), Elden Ring is the biggest non-Call of Duty or FIFA release since Red Dead Redemption 2's launch in 2018. Indeed, sales were 2.5x that of last week's Horizon: Forbidden West on PlayStation, and outstripped week one sales of Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassin's Creed Valhalla in 2020, to boot.

The sales figures also reveal that 68% of Elden Ring sales were via digital download, with Xbox and PC having the lion's share of the digital pie. Roughly 85% of Elden Ring sales on Xbox were downloaded, compared to 73% on PC. On PlayStation, a shade over 50% of Elden Ring purchases were digital.

As for the platform divide at both retail and via digital download, GSD's figures note that 32% of sales were on PlayStation 5, 30% were on PC, 29% were for Xbox, and 9% were for PlayStation 4. Naturally, Elden Ring shot straight to the top of the UK sales charts during its first week, making it a colossal success for publisher Bandai Namco and FromSoftware. Chances are, then, that you're probably playing Elden Ring. Why not share your experiences in the comments below?

  • Makes sense, it's a 10/10 game.
  • Haven’t played this yet, can someone tell me what it compares to?

    Is it like Dark Souls like everyone says?

    ..really wasn’t a fan of that franchise.
  • Yeah dude. It's literally Dark Souls in an open world. They could have just as easily called this Dark Souls 4. That isn't a bad thing at all btw. I adore the series and this game is one of the best they've ever made. Definite GOTY contender in my mind. If you don't like Dark Souls, there's almost zero chance you'll like this I'm afraid. Watch some footage of it though and see if you enjoy it. You might take to this one easier than the others. It's the easiest Souls games to get into I feel. Very approachable for new comers and there's a lot of guides out now. So you won't have to stress about getting lost or not knowing what to do. :)
  • @Blood - I've thought similar and would be surprised if it doesn't take the GotY crown in '22. Not sure what else could beat it out this year?
  • Thanks for the info.
  • @Dirty: I feel Starfield could give it a run. Isn't Breath of the Wild 2 out this year as well?
  • If Starfield lands well, I could see that being a contender, too. I'm only referring to Xbox games but I think BotW2 will be insanely popular regardless of when it releases.

    More importantly, are you going to take on Elden Ring? I hear it's an RPG :D
  • Honestly, I think you could like Elden Ring even if you didn't like Dark Souls. I was not a fan of Dark Souls 1 or 2, the only FromSoftware games I had played, but I have been really enjoying Elden Ring.
    The more open world nature of it has made me like it a lot more. I am still struggling with the difficulty of it, a little bit, because I hate level grinding in games. But I don't feel as lost and trapped, due to the less cramped nature of the areas to fight in. Along with the horse/donkey thing you can ride away from trouble and the increased number of checkpoints and "bonfires," I have found this game to be a lot more accessible than previous entries.
  • ^ That being said, I still think either Starfield or BotW2 will be my GotY, because I prefer that style of game more, and love LoZ.
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