Hogwarts Legacy’s meteoric rise doesn't seem to be slowing down a week after the game was officially released.
According to Cristopher Dring, who is a credible and respected member of the gaming industry, Hogwarts Legacy's digital sales exceed Elden Ring’s digital first-week sales by a staggering 56%. This makes Hogwarts Legacy the biggest game to launch in Europe outside of FIFA and Call of Duty since Red Dead Redemption 2 was released back in 2018.
Some might argue that it's unfair to compare the success of these two titles, given the catalog preceding Hogwarts Legacy. Elden Ring might be a new IP but it's a game made by FromSoftware with the help of George R.R. Martin. As a result, Elden Ring enjoyed a massive launch last February and went on to become one of the best-selling games in recent years, en route to winning Game of the Year over God of War: Ragnarok at the 2022 Game Awards as well as becoming the most GOTY'ed title of all time.
The digital data is in. Hogwarts Legacy's opening week was 56% bigger across Europe than Elden Ring. It's the biggest game launch outside of FIFA & Call of Duty since Red Dead Redemption 2.
It backs up the theory that gamers are gravitating towards the big brands at the moment
— Christopher Dring (@Chris_Dring) February 16, 2023
The open-world Harry Potter title also saw impressive physical sales in the UK, outpacing Elden Ring by 80%. This shouldn't surprise anyone, considering nearly half a million deluxe editions of the game were sold, just so people could obtain early access to it on February 8. The game also turned out to be a smashing hit on Valve’s Steam platform, managing to peak at over 879,000 concurrent users shortly after its release. This is the second-highest number ever for a single-player game on the Steam platform.
For what it's worth, Hogwarts Legacy might no longer be a single-player title as a new Hogwarts Legacy multiplayer mod is in development already. This would definitely help boost sales numbers even more, which the first performance patch for Xbox and PCs already did.
If you are still having issues with stuttering on Hogwarts Legacy, make sure to check out our article on it. We have guides detailing everything from potions to unforgivable curses as well.