‘Returnal’ debuts at second spot on the UK sales chart

Housemarque Games’ latest release, Returnal, opened on a positive note, finishing on the second spot on the UK boxed sales chart.

However, despite entering the top three, Returnal remained slightly behind previous PlayStation exclusive titles.

The game launched last week on April 30th.

‘Returnal’ falls short despite opening big

The Housemarque game has received a positive reaction, mostly from critics and players so far. And as a result of that, it also did quite well in the UK sales.

But there’s a catch here when it comes to its performance compared to past PS exclusive releases.

Returnal stocks are hard to find out in offline stores. And the majority of players these days prefer digital platforms when it comes to purchasing any new title.

And the latest game might have suffered a blow due to this aspect. As per reports, the physical sales have been lower since there are no stocks of hard copies.

And because the UK sales chart comprises only boxed figures, it ignores anything related to online stores.

But, the overall picture hints at a great start for Returnal, especially in its first week.

It succeeded in dominating other solid contenders like Mario Kart 8, FIFA 21, and COD: Black Ops Cold War.

Here are all the Top 10 best-sellers (in order) for the week ending May 1st, 2021:

1 New Pokémon Snap
2 Returnal
3 Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
4 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
5 Animal Crossing New Horizons
6 FIFA 21
7 Minecraft: Switch Edition
8 Grand Theft Auto V
9 Ring Fit Adventure
10 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

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Upcoming titles of 2021

Meanwhile, this calendar is going to offer multiple fresh releases in the coming months, very soon!

The streak of heavyweights will begin in May.

Some of the upcoming, extensive, and potential blockbusters are Resident Evil Village, Mass Effect Legendary Edition, and Far Cry 6.

Halo Infinite, STALKER 2, God of War: Ragnarok, a new Call of Duty entry, and Horizon Forbidden West are also highly anticipated.

But that’s not it!

The line-up extends further with the likes of Dying Light 2, Deathloop, Back 4 Blood, Stray, Humankind, and New World.

Biomutant, No More Heroes 3, GhostWire: Tokyo, Psychonauts 2, and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is other crucial launches.

Several recently announced projects making their debuts soon are The Day Before, Glitchpunk, and Etched Memories.

Coming back to Returnal, then it’s now available for PlayStation 5.

What do you think about all the major games arriving later this year? Are you excited and hyped for them?

Drop your reactions and any other thought you have on our social media handle on Twitter at @MICKYNewsOz.


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