Returnal managed to finish second in the UK sales charts, but debuted much lower than the other big exclusive PlayStation titles. It is worth noting that, disappointingly, the list of bestsellers in the UK consists only of physical sales – and thus the main part of the puzzle is missing, as consumers continue to deviate from digital purchases.
To be honest, Housemarque, developed as a scam, is hard to find in stores because not many supermarkets carry copies and the game is available and exhausted online. It is also possible that Sony did not produce many units, as pre-order numbers may have been low before the initial round of previews, which sparked interest in the title just a few weeks ago. And, of course, we would be neglected to ignore the price, which at £ 69.99 has always proved to be a difficult pill to swallow.
The rest of the UK sales charts are really boring to read, although it was a better week for UK sales: Grand Theft Auto V and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War both enjoyed an increase in sales for a week. Last week’s winner, NieR: Replicant, dropped to 22nd after a 73% drop in sales, while Terminator: Resistance Enhanced slipped to 37th.
Sales schedules in the United Kingdom: Week ending 1 May 2021
- New Pokémon Snap
- Super Mario 3D world + Bowser rage
- Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
- Moving animals to new horizons
- FIFA 21
- Minecraft: Switch Edition
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Ring Fit Adventure
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War