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God of War Ragnarök Had a Bigger Launch than CoD MW2 and Elden Rings

Currently sitting behind FIFA 23 in UK Boxed Charts

Santa Monica Studios’ God of War Ragnarök has climbed UK’s boxed charts as it currently sits second behind EA’s FIFA 23 which clinched first place shortly after its release in September. 

In its first week, Ragnarök has sold more boxed copies than some of the year’s acclaimed releases such as Elden Ring, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Pokémon Legends: Arceus. 

While we wait for the number of downloads, Ragnarök currently leads the UK physical boxed sales behind FIFA 23 while Activision’s Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 continues to amass millions of players. 

The last few days have been significantly successful for Sony’s PlayStation title with 82% of the first-week box sales being on PS5 while PS4 stands at 18%. 

According Gamesindustry.biz, via data from charts company GfK, Ragnarok sold more on its first day than any previous game in the series sold in its first week. The firm also revealed that the game sold 51% more units in its first week than 2018’s God of War. Ragnarök is already the third best-selling God of War title of all time. 

The data also shows that 12% of PS5 God of War Ragnarok sales come from the official PS5 bundle. The same bundle represented 60% of all PS5 consoles sold during the week, which officially became the biggest week for PS5 sales in 2022, says GfK boss Dorian Bloch.

Ragnarök’s success has ended Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s two-week reign at the top of the charts as it currently sits second after a 39% drop in sales week-on-week 

Sonic Frontiers sits at No.4 after selling 5% more copies in its first week compared to 2017’s Sonic Forces. 40% of boxed sales were on PS5, 34% on Nintendo Switch, 14% on Xbox and 12% on PS4. 

Football Manager 2023 sits at No.11 with an 18% decrease in boxed launch sales, while BlueTwelve Studio’s Stray was physically launched for PS4 and clinched No. 23.

While a PC release date for God of War Ragnarök remains unknown, Sony is currently earning big as the game continues to make rounds for what could be the PlayStation’s biggest-selling game ever. 

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Isa Muhammad is a writer and video game journalist covering many aspects of entertainment media including the film industry. He's steadily writing his way to the sharp end of journalism and enjoys staying informed. If he's not reading, playing video games or catching up on his favourite TV series, then he's probably writing about them.

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