After a monumentally successful first few weeks, it seemed like the Elden Ring was unstoppable for the foreseeable future. As it turns out, a re-release of a nearly decade-old game was enough to bring it down. Known as Grand Theft Auto V, the juggernaut overtook Elden Ring’s spot on the UK digital charts.
According to Games Sales Data, accessed by GamesIndustry.biz, Grand Theft Auto V was the UK’s best-selling digital game for the week ending March 20th. This is due to the recently released iterations of the current generation. which together accounted for 90% of digital sales in the region via Xbox and PlayStation.
Even though he was nine years old, overthrowing the Elden Ring wasn’t good enough. Grand Theft Auto V is also the second biggest digital launch of the year so far in the region, behind only Elden Ring. Sales become even more impressive when examining the platform split and release model.
The PlayStation 5 version sold 55% during the week, compared to 35% for Xbox Series consoles. A likely reason for the split is that the PlayStation version is half the price due to Rockstar’s marketing deal with Sony.
Grand Theft Auto Online is free on PlayStation 5 for the first three months, which allowed for such a price differential on the Sony platform. At this stage in its life cycle, the majority of the player base would likely be more interested in the ongoing Grand Theft Auto Online. Despite this freebie, Grand Theft Auto V still topped the UK digital charts, while Grand Theft Auto Online landed in third place, just behind Elden Ring.
https://www.gamepur.com/news/grand-theft-auto-v-dethrones-elden-ring-on-the-u-k-digital-charts-becomes-the-years-second-largest-digital-launch Grand Theft Auto V dethrones Elden Ring in the UK digital charts and becomes the second biggest digital launch of the year