In comparison to Assassin’s Creed Origins, physical launch sales for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey are down by 26% on the UK sales charts, as reported by GamesIndustry.biz. While this could be an indicator that Odyssey isn’t fairing as well as Origins, it could just mean that people are turning to digital copies of games more than retail.
These sales charts don’t account for digital sales and, last year, “35% of last year’s Assassin’s Creed Origins‘ sales were digital.” It’s possible that this year, that percentage could increase for Odyssey.
This could be attributed to a number of other factors. With Odyssey releasing less than a year after Origins, fans could be reluctant to revisit the series. Likewise, while Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has reviewed well, the acknowledged grindiness of the game may be a turn-off to some players.
In short, a decrease in physical sales could mean that sales are down overall, but it could easily mean that more gamers are opting to buy digital copies. We’ve seen other popular franchises, like FIFA 19, see a similar retail sales drop, so this isn’t unheard of in 2018. But even with this drop in retail sales, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey still landed the number two slot on the sales charts. (It was second only to FIFA 19).
Below are the top ten games on the UK sales chart, for the week ending on October 6, 2018:
- FIFA 19
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- Forza Horizon 4
- Super Mario Party
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- Tekken 7
- Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy
- Project Cars 2
- Grand Theft Auto V