FIFA physical sales continue to fall sharply | UK Boxed ChartsBut digital will likely tell a different storyChristopher DringHead of Games B2BMonday 12th October 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleGfKTypically the biggest boxed game launch of the year, FIFA 21’s opening week sales are down more than 42% over last year’s game.This is purely in terms of physical sales. FIFA’s digital performance has rapidly grown alongside the success of the game’s live service Ultimate Team mode. We won’t know the game’s digital performance until later in the week.Another reason for the drop in performance will be the upcoming launch of PS5 and Xbox Series S and X, with consumers likely holding off for the next-generation version of the game.However, even with such a fierce drop, FIFA 21 was still the biggest game launch of 2021 (so far), beating previous record holders The Last of Us: Part 2 and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. FIFA 21 sold best on PS4, which accounted for 62% of the sales, followed by Xbox One (36%) and then Nintendo Switch (2%). It’s an EA top two this week, with Star Wars: Squadrons holding its position at No.2 despite a 55% drop in sales week-on-week. Squadrons was a bigger digital hit than a physical one, and would really have been No.1 last week if download data was counted.That means last week’s physical No.1, Crash Bandicoot: It’s About Time, slips to No.3 with a 58% drop in sales. Related JobsLevel Designer AAA RPG Game Midlands UK UK & Europe Big PlanetSenior VFX Artist Remote Spain UK & Europe Big PlanetBuild Engineer – Games – Cheshire, England UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games Elsewhere, big Switch games Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, Minecraft and Minecraft Dungeons make up No.4, 5, 6 and 7.October is a little quieter than we’re used to this year, with a handful of Switch titles and a new World of Warcraft expansion making up many of the big releases. However, come the end of the month things start picking up as we hurtle towards the launches of PS5 and Xbox Series S/X in November.Here is the GfK Top Ten for the week ending October 10th:Last WeekThis WeekTitleNew Entry1FIFA 2122Star Wars: Squadrons13Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time44Animal Crossing: New Horizons35Super Mario 3D All-Stars 66Mario Kart 8: Deluxe87Minecraft (Switch)78Minecraft (Dungeons)59Marvel’s Avengers1310Ring Fit AdventureCelebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesResident Evil: Village is the third biggest PS5 launch so far | UK Boxed ChartsBut physical sales down over previous Resident Evil gamesBy Christopher Dring YesterdayNier Replicant ver.1.22474487139 is No.1 in the UK | UK Boxed ChartsIt’s very quiet out thereBy Christopher Dring 15 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.