Red Dead Redemption 2 Tops UK Christmas Charts

Published: December 24, 2018 9:04 AM /


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Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 has taken the top spot in the UK this Christmas, according to the UK Interactive (Ukie) Games Charts.

“The success of the global hit cinematic Western, a significant part of which was made in the UK, shows that UK consumer demand for immersive stories and interactive entertainment continues to grow, and reflects the continued health and talent of the UK games and interactive entertainment industry in a global industry,” reads the release.

While boasting a lengthy, immersive campaign, Red Dead Redemption 2 also recently released its online mode. This addition contains an in-depth character creator and enables you to explore the Wild West with friends.

Interestingly, FIFA and Call of Duty, their latest iterations hitting second and third respectively, had held the top position for the past six Christmases, having last been beaten by Skyrim in 2011.

This should come as little surprise considering that Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar’s most recent title before Red Dead Redemption 2, is the most profitable piece of entertainment in history. The games industry widely considers each one of Rockstar’s products as a masterpiece. In fact, GTA V still tops monthly sales charts often despite the game having come out in 2013. Of course, Rockstar's ports to current-gen in 2014 and PC in 2015, definitely help.

Compiled by GfK Chart-Track, here are the top 10 games for week 51, 2018:

They also released an image showing the UK Christmas top sellers going back to 1984. Importantly, for the earlier sections on this chart, the UK never had the Nintendo Entertainment System be as popular there. Instead, the micro-computers like the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, and Amstrad led in the earlier parts of the decade, and were replaced later more by the Amiga, Atari ST, and while it makes relatively few showings on the list Sega Master System. The Mega Drive (which we called Genesis here in North America) was also more popular than the Super Nintendo in the UK.

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Ukie is a non-profit that represents the UK games and interactive entertainment industry. It works with companies both large and small and covers online, mobile apps, consoles, esports, PC, and VR/AR. The group also works closely with government sections to influence positive decisions regarding the industry.

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