The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt becomes the biggest UK launch of 2015

The Witcher 3 sells over 600% more than its predecessor and knocks Battlefield Hardline off the top spot in the UK

The third installment in the Witcher series released last week and has smashed the previous occupant of the top spot, Battlefield Hardline, by an impressive 53% in the first week.

Wild Hunt also had an outstanding performance compared to the second installment, Assassins of Kings, selling 608% more in the first week. However, Assassins of Kings was only released on PC initially whereas Wild Hunt was released across PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

As far as physical copies go, 63% were sold on PS4, 32% on Xbox One and 5% on PC. This doesn’t include digital downloads which is undoubtedly how a large majority of the PC crowd got their copy.

Somewhat surprisingly Farming Simulator 2015 is at the number 2 spot, likely due to its recent release on both previous and current generation Xbox and PlayStation consoles while Grand Theft Auto V is sat at No. 3.

Here’s the full top 10:

  1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

  2. Farming Simulator 2015

  3. Grand Theft Auto V

  4. FIFA 15

  5. Project CARS

  6. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

  7. Battlefield Hardline

  8. Mortal Kombat X

  9. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

  10. Destiny

Worldwide, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is already closing the gap on the lifetime sales of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings with 1.5 million units sold already compared to the 1.7 million of the second installment.

"Sales of the third part will be many times higher than with our earlier games. Preorders indicate this," said CD Projekt Red’s (The Witcher developers) chief executive Adam Kicinski in an interview with Reuters.

One thing’s for certain at least; Wild Hunt is CD Projekt Red’s biggest hit yet.

All stats and figures are according to Chart-Track

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Published May. 27th 2015

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