Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart Sells More In Its Second Week Than Its First In UK

GfK Entertainment reports that Sony’s Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart sold more in its second week in the UK than its first.
Games usually drop in sales a week after launch by quite a margin, which is very rare indeed. It is not uncommon for sales of more specialized games to drop by over 70% in the second week after release. Second-week increases have been seen before, but usually for games like Just Dance, which don’t have a large pre-order market and instead appeal to more casual users.
While the PS5 game is not a highly specialized title (like Returnal or Demon’s Souls), it is certainly not a casual title. This makes the results all the more surprising. Strong word-of-mouth and some retail activity certainly had an impact, but it’s more likely to be attributed to console bundling with PS5, with both official and unofficial hardware bundles available at select stores.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart enjoyed a 2% increase in boxed sales week-over-week, making it the top-selling game of the week.
At No.2, Minecraft Dungeons from Microsoft and Mojang has risen 28 places to take second place. The Nintendo Switch version dropped to £13 at UK retailer Curry’s, resulting in a 758% increase in sales. The PS4 and Xbox One versions also saw an increase in sales, but it was the Switch edition that accounted for 96% of all sales last week.
FIFA 21 falls to No.3 despite an increase of 21% week-on-week, and Mario Kart 8: Deluxe slips to No.4, despite a jump of 47% in sales. A 59% sales bump for the PS5 version of Resident Evil Village has propelled it back into the Top Five.
New games include Metro Exodus Complete Edition, which debuts at No.17 on PS5 and Xbox Series consoles. The PS5 accounted for 77% of the game’s sales.
This week, Forza Horizon 4 for Xbox One is back in the charts at No.22 after a 480% increase in sales. The game’s sequel was announced at E3 last week, where it won numerous awards, including Game of the Show.
Last week’s new releases had much more conventional sales drops. Chivalry 2 has declined 65% in sales and is now ranked No.28. Both Final Fantasy VII: Remake and Guilty Gear Strive have fallen out of the Top 40.

Here is the GfK Top Ten for the week ending June 19, 2021:

  1. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
  2. Minecraft Dungeons
  3. FIFA 21
  4. Mario Cart 8: Deluxe
  5. Resident Evil: New Horizon
  6. Animal Crosssing: New Horizons
  7. Spider-Man: Mile Morales
  8. Minecraft (Switch)
  9. Super Mario 3D World plus Bowzer’s Fury
  10. GTA 5

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