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Assassins Creed Odyssey - an unsteady start for Ubisoft's latest

Assassins Creed Odyssey – an unsteady start for Ubisofts latest

FIFA 19 has kept the new Assassins Creed from the top of the UK sales charts, but Forza Horizon has had its best opening ever.

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Assassins Creed has become the latest long-running franchise to see an unusually sharp drop in physical sales, after FIFA 19 experienced a fall of 25% on last year.

Chart-Track only covers physical sales, and not digital, and those are falling naturally every year but both FIFA and Assassins Creed have slipped by more than average – with Assassins Creed Odyssey down by almost 26% on last years Origins.

There are a number of qualifying factors though, with Odyssey launching earlier in the year and just a week after the latest FIFA. Theres also the fact that Origins was a soft reboot of the series, that followed a year off for the franchise.

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It may be simply that fans werent as hungry for a new entry so soon, with Ubisoft already announcing that there wont be a new one next year.

Although Origins was co-marketed by Microsoft the format breakdown for Odyssey was firmly in favour of the PlayStation 4 at 63% to 37%.

Even with the rise of digital though not all franchises necessarily show a downward trend, and Forza Horizon 4 actually sold better than 2016s Forza Horizon 3 and came very close to equalling the total sales of Assassins Creed Odyssey.

As a result, Forza Horizon 4 became the fastest-selling entry in the series so far, no doubt helped by the fact that the game is actually set in the UK.

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The third highest new entry of the week was Super Mario Party at number five in the all formats chart, which seems a healthy debut for a series that has proven highly inconsistent in terms of both quality and sales.

Meanwhile, PlayStation 4 exclusive Fist Of The North Star: Lost Paradise debuted at number 21 in the all formats chart, with PlayStation VR title Astro Bot: Rescue Mission at 22.

This Friday sees the release of Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4, which will surely knock FIFA 19 from the number one spot next week. Although WWE 2K19 also releases this week, along with more niche titles Disgaea 1 Complete and The World Ends With You -Final Remix-.

UK individual formats chart – 6 October

1 (1) FIFA 19 (PS4)
2 (1) FIFA 19 (XO)
3 (-) Forza Horizon 4 (XO)
4 (-) Assassins Creed Odyssey (PS4)
5 (-) Assassins Creed Odyssey (XO)
6 (3) Marvels Spider-Man (PS4)
7 (-) Super Mario Party (NS)
8 (22)Tekken 7 (XO)
9 (23)Project CARS 2 (XO)
10(5) Shadow Of The Tomb Raider (PS4)

UK all formats chart – 6 October

1 (1) FIFA 19 (PS4/XO/NS/360/PS3)
2 (-) Assassins Creed Odyssey (PS4/XO)
3 (-) Forza Horizon 4 (XO)
4 (2) Marvels Spider-Man (PS4)
5 (-) Super Mario Party (NS)
6 (3) Shadow Of The Tomb Raider (PS4/XO)
7 (19)Tekken 7 (XO/PS4)
8 (4) Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (XO/PS4/NS)
9 (20)Project CARS 2 (XO/PS4)
10(5) Grand Theft Auto V (PS4/XO/360/PS3/PC)

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