Sunday 11 June 2023

Diablo 4 Unseats Zelda at the Pinnacle of UK Boxed Charts

"Diablo 4," the latest installment in the iconic Diablo franchise, has brought an end to "The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom's" four-week reign at the top of the UK boxed charts. The victory comes in Diablo 4's first full week of sales, an impressive feat considering the popularity and fanbase of the Zelda franchise.

In its first week, Diablo 4 not only toppled Zelda from the number one spot but also outsold the cumulative sales of all other titles in the top five combined. With its compelling gameplay mechanics, immersive narrative, and the brand's legacy, Diablo 4 has managed to captivate both new and returning fans alike.

"The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom," last week's number one, slipped to the second position this week, experiencing a 22% drop in sales. This shift in position marks the first time in 2023 that a Nintendo Switch exclusive has not claimed the chart's number one spot.

Interestingly, this is also the first time in over two years that a PC game has taken the top spot in the UK. The last PC title to achieve this was "Football Manager 2020."

In the third position was "Mario Kart 8: Deluxe," followed by "FIFA 23" and "Street Fighter 6," filling up the fourth and fifth spots in the top ten, respectively. Notably, "Street Fighter 6," last week's biggest new game, slipped to the fifth spot this week with a relatively small 48% drop in sales.

While I was able to gather the top five titles in the UK boxed charts for the week, there were some difficulties obtaining the complete top ten list due to technical issues.

Nevertheless, the success of Diablo 4 in the UK boxed charts speaks volumes about the game's appeal and the enduring popularity of the Diablo franchise. It's available now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S​​. As it continues to make waves, it will be fascinating to see how Diablo 4's journey unfolds in the coming weeks.