Hogwarts Legacy has outsold Elden Ring in the UK
by Danny Craig ·
Avalanche Software's wizarding RPG has officially surpassed FromSoftware's 2022 release, Elden Ring, to take the top spot in the UK boxed charts for the fifth week in a row.
- According to GamesIndustry.biz, Hogwarts Legacy has remained at the top of the GfK UK Boxed Top Ten List for the fifth week in a row since its February release, despite sales dropping 31% week on week. It not only continues to dominate physical sales, but it also sits at the top of the digital sales chart, and it has now surpassed Elden Ring in both categories within the UK. The sales drop isn't as severe as other titles on the list, with last week's number two title, Metroid Prime Remastered, dropping by 79% and falling to fourth place, though digital sales cannot be accounted for because Nintendo doesn't publicly provide the data.
- Elden Ring was a huge hit last year, only being surpassed by massive titles like FIFA 23, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, Grand Theft Auto V, and the unexpected LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. Hogwarts Legacy will surpass LEGO Star Wars in terms of overall sales by the time the digital sales data for this week is released, setting yet another record.
- The game's success follows a wave of controversy surrounding it due to anti-trans comments made by Harry Potter author JK Rowling, which resulted in attempts to boycott the game upon its release. Despite the backlash, the game was a critical and commercial success, particularly on PlayStation 5, with hundreds of thousands of viewers on Twitch watching the site’s top streamers play through the title.
Other Hogwarts Legacy news:
- Avalanche Software has delayed the game's last-gen ports until May to "deliver the best possible experience on all platforms." The Nintendo Switch port is still expected in July, and the optimization put in place from developing the less powerful last-gen ports may help improve the title's performance on Nintendo's now six-year-old console.
- Last week, Hogwarts Legacy became Europe's sixth biggest game launch in the last six years, surpassing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and Red Dead Redemption, but trailing entries from EA's FIFA soccer franchise.