In what seems to be becoming a trend for any first-person based game not called "Call of Duty" or "Battlefield", Dishonored 2 has failed to enter the top three in UK retail charts, dropping 38% on the sales of Dishonored during its launch week.
Having launched November 11th on PS4, Xbox One, and the PC, Dishonored 2 is the sequel to Bethesda's acclaimed Dishonored. Set fifteen years after the first game, the player chooses whether to play usurped empress Emily or her bodyguard/father Corvo in their quest to reclaim their stolen throne. The game launched to strong reviews from critics, sitting at a Metacritic rating of 91 at time of writing. Unfortunately, players have not taken to the game as well as critics have, and the game currently languishes with a "Mixed" Steam user rating, due in large part to the reported issues on PC, giving Dishonored 2 a tough baptism.
This may well be welcome news for Bethesda's many critics. The success of Doom despite a distinct lack of early review copies has led Bethesda to announce that they will be changing the way that review copies work, and will only be sending them out a day before release. Various critics have since spoken out against the company, claiming that the policy only benefits Bethesda's interests. In the case of Dishonored 2, early review copies would have highlighted the broken state of the port on PC, and may have made some buyers think twice.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare remains at the top of the charts, despite dropping 55% of its first week of sales. FIFA 17 replaces Battlefield 1 in second place, while EA's WWI shooter falls down to third position. The big winners this week are Blizzard's Overwatch and Lego Dimensions. Blizzard's première first-person shooter has seen a renaissance of sales in the UK market likely due to the £24.99 that UK retail chain GAME offered on the Xbox One and PS4 versions last week. Titanfall 2 continues its downwards spiral, dropping three spots to eighth place.
Quick TakeAs usual, it is worth noting that these charts purely cover physical game sales within the United Kingdom, and do not reflect any sales made in online stores. It is also worth noting that Dishonored 2 has launched into one of the busiest times of the year, and may go down in history as another casualty of the war between Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, much like Titanfall 2.
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