Astral Chain is this week’s physical best-seller in the UK, beating out competition from three other new games in a tight battle for the No. 1 spot. It’s the first-ever Platinum game to reach the top of the charts.
The Japanese developer’s last highest charting game was Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, the character-action take on the Metal Gear series, which reached No. 2 in 2013. Astral Chain is Platinum’s fourth most successful launch in the UK, and its biggest new IP launch since Bayonetta back in January 2010. It’s also the sixth Nintendo Switch title to reach No. 1 this year.
There were just 1,500 units separating the top four this week, all of which are new IP. The racing game Wreckfest, developed by Bugbear Interactive, missed out on the top spot by 1,100 units. Supermassive Games’ latest narrative-driven horror, The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan, was a mere 250 copies behind the FlatOut spiritual successor in No. 3. And finally, Remedy’s Control landed the No. 4 spot, 300 units behind Man of Medan.
Last week’s No. 1, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, fell down to No. 5 behind the four new releases. The only other new release to reach the charts was Collection of Mana down at No. 22. While the biggest riser of the week was Marvel’s Spider-Man, which returned to the top ten at No. 8 after a 221% sales jump driven by discounting at UK retail.
Below is the full chart from UKIE of the week ending August 31.