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UK Physical Sales Slump as We Head Into Q4, Digital is King

Whether it’s due to a lack of money or the dominance of digital downloads, physical sales in the UK continue to decline. And as each new game is released, some the latest in a long line for a franchise, there seems to be no stopping the slump.

Overall sales figures for boxed releases shows that the industry is down over six percent. That’s despite a few games releasing before their usual launch windows in an attempt to capture the audience and spread the cost, so to speak.

Don’t get me wrong, that’s not to say that we could be witnessing the demise of little blue boxes, but I don’t think it’s unfair to say that a few nails are certainly being hammered into its coffin this year. And that’s coming from someone who buys solely physical. 

Each of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII and FIFA 19 have failed to meet their tallies of yesteryear. Heck, they’ve even failed to match them. Instead all three have sold less, week on week, than their last iteration. Lord knows what this means for Assassin’s Creed: More Sand Between Our Toes or Call of Duty: Can We Have Our Solo Campaign Back. 

Even more worrying, the good people over at gameindustry.biz have noticed that the last few Lego games have even felt the pinch, even when compared to little over 24 months ago. If Lego can’t even fight the draught, then noone can!

The team were also able to report that SoulCalibur XI was one of the biggest losers in this storage race, with launch sales down an eye watering 55%. But it is worth pointing out that the fifth in the release launched six years ago, when digital supremacy was still the stuff of nightmares. Still, a loss of revenue, however large, is hard hitting in today’s climate. Worryingly, we may not have seen the last of studio closures just yet. 

All that’s left to say is all eyes are on Red Dead Redemption II. It could be the last hope for the British games market this side of New Year. Let’s hope it delivers!

Have you bought any boxed games this year? Or do you prefer to keep your pile of shame turned off? 

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