Hogwarts Legacy refuses to let the magic die. Well over half a year after gracing store shelves and bringing Potterheads into the late 1800s version of iconic Wizarding World locations, including Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, it's still out-selling some of the biggest games of the year.
Accoridng to the latest data, courtesy of Gamesindustry.biz, Hogwarts Legacy has topped the sales charts in the United Kingdom once again. The Warner Bros. title not only soared back to first place but also experienced a 228% uptick in its week-on-week sales. It's worth mentioning that this leap is mostly fueled by a retailer promotion that skyrocketed sales across all platforms, particularly PS5 at a 266% sales jump followed closely by Xbox Series X|S at 249%.
Hogwarts Legacy's charm extends far beyond just a week's performance. Over the course of the year, the Harry Potter universe game has solidified itself as a force to reckon with, selling over 15 million copies and raking in a staggering $1 billion for its developer, Avalanche Software. Even now, it's giving new titles a run for their money - like Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon, which tumbled down to fifth place from its debut spot at number one, with a 71% decrease in sales. Its resurgence is particularly impressive considering the UK Sales Charts only tally physical copies, omitting its digital sales, which had a 30% discount recently.
Hogwarts Legacy isn't the only old-timer on the list making strides; Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sits comfortably in third, even if it drops a spot,with an 18% sales increase. Grand Theft Auto V and Minecraft are other evergreen titles that continue to attract gamers, staying firm in the top 10.
The chart offered a preview of things to come with the early access Premium Edition Upgrade for Bethesda's highly-anticipated Starfield as well. It debuted at No.7, signaling strong interest ahead of its full game release on September 6. Starfield's early access includes a download code that opens the gateway to the digital edition of the game and its first story expansion.
Finally, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga also caught fire as it jumped from sixth to second place with a 98% sales surge, fueled primarily by a Nintendo Switch discount. This makes one wonder if the game's newfound popularity hints at even bigger things to come. Moreover, other chart climbers like Street Fighter 6 and Diablo 4, which leapt to No.13 and No.14 respectively due to price reductions, underline the impact of tactical price-cutting in game sales.
On the flip side, several games slipped, despite promotions or the introduction of new content. FIFA 23, for example, is now near the bottom of the top 10 with a 27% decrease in sales but saw a 127% rise in sales on Xbox Series X|S. Pikmin 4, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game of the Year edition, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 also experienced significant sales declines.
Retailer-driven discounts also helped reinvigorate titles that had slipped off the charts in recent weeks; Forspoken, Final Fantasy 16, Saints Row, and Gran Turismo 7 re-entered the fray with significant sales spikes ranging from 47% to a remarkable 204%.
It remains to be seen if Hogwarts Legacy will continue its stay at the top next month. After welcoming its surprisingly good PS4 and Xbox One port in May, Hogwarts Legacy will try to work its usual magic to maintain similar performance on the Nintendo Switch in November.