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SPECIAL FEATURE: The race to number one

SPECIAL FEATURE: The race to number one

With only four weeks of charts left, MCV Pacific takes a look at how 2016’s biggest titles are tracking in the race to be retail’s number one. 

I am the first to admit I questioned EA’s decision to release Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 within a week of each other, with a concern that the latter could dilute the sales of the most anticipated Battlefield title in years. Both titles demo differently, with a Titanfall 2 player more akin to a Halo player, but it still weighed on my mind.

Thankfully for EA, it seems I was completely wrong, with the publisher’s War World 1 epic sitting proudly atop both the Australian and New Zealand charts with only a month before we find out 2016’s number one selling title at retail.

Battlefield’s fierce rival, Call Of Duty, has seen mixed results with its headline grabbing Infinite Warfare. The shooter currently sits in sixth in Australia and second in New Zealand. I wouldn’t count the shooter out for number one in both countries just yet, with the iconic series instantly recognisable in the weeks leading up to Christmas for that last minute stocking stuffer.

Like Call Of Duty, EA’s leviathan sports franchise, FIFA 17, is also currently boasting mixed results, sitting as the second best selling title in Australia and the seventh best across the ditch.

Ubisoft, who to date have claimed six Australian and seven New Zealand number ones this year, are well represented in the charts. Their early year releases; Tom Clancy’s The Division and Far Cry: Primal are placed in third and fitth in Australia and fourth and fifth in New Zealand, dispelling any myth that the big selling titles only launch in the Christmas period.

A marvel of the ANZ market is the performance of older titles. Originally released in 2013, Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V still continues to impress, sitting in third in New Zealand and fourth in Australia.

2011’s Minecraft is a New Zealand favourite, and after capturing the countries number one selling title in 2014 and finishing in second spot last year, Minecraft is well on its way to securing another Top Ten finish, currently sitting in sixth.

Outside of Pokemon: Sun which is currently Australia’s tenth best selling game, Sony’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is the only single platform title to feature in the charts. The May release is tracking at seventh in Australia and eighth in New Zealand.

With the Christmas gift rush well underway, I for one can’t wait to see how this alters the charts in the next month. As they say in the classic’s – watch this space!

The below charts show the current sales positions, as tracked by NPD, for all retail sales from January 1, up until the complettion of Week 48 on December 4. Please note the below does not include any digital sales.

Australia

  1. Battlefield 1 – Electronic Arts
  2. FIFA 17 – Electronic Arts
  3. Tom Clancy’s The Division – Ubisoft
  4. Grand Theft Auto V – Rockstar Games
  5. Far Cry: Primal – Ubisoft
  6. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Activision
  7. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Interactive Entertainment
  8. Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Activision
  9. Doom – Bethesda Softworks
  10. Pokemon: Sun – Nintendo

New Zealand

  1. Battlefield 1 – Electronic Arts
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Activision
  3. Grand Theft Auto V – Rockstar Games
  4. Tom Clancy’s The Division – Ubisoft
  5. Far Cry: Primal – Ubisoft
  6. Minecraft –  Microsoft
  7. FIFA 17 – Electronic Arts
  8. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Interactive Entertainment
  9. Doom – Bethesda Softworks
  10. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Bethesda Softworks

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