- Starfield has debuted at the number one spot on the UK Boxed Charts, bumping Hogwarts Legacy to second place.
- Rounding out the top five are Mario Cart Deluxe 8, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, and Mortal Kombat 11.
- Starfield's performance on the Xbox Game Pass has contributed to its impressive player count, and it's expected to continue attracting players as performance issues are resolved.
Starfield is easily the most hyped game to be released in recent years and it looks like all the engagement for the game has translated well into sales numbers.
Xbox and Bethesda went all out on the marketing for Starfield. The title received standalone showcases featuring deep dives into the game. Todd Howard also hosted several Q&A sessions with fans about Bethesda's newest IP.
The hype and marketing efforts paid off for Microsoft as Starfield debuts at the number one spot on the UK Boxed Charts. The game has dethroned Hogwarts Legacy from the top spot, which fell to second place this week. Mario Cart Deluxe 8 comes in at third place while Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga and Mortal Kombat 11 slots in at fourth and fifth place, respectively.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom fell two spots from fourth to sixth place. Newcomer NBA 2K24 debuted at seventh place. Grand Theft Auto V maintains its hold on eighth place. Fae Farm, another newcomer, holds the ninth place on the charts while the Switch port of Minecraft fell to tenth place on the charts.
Surprisingly, Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon had one of the biggest tumbles down the charts. FromSoftware's mecha-action adventure placed fifth last week but has fallen down the order to 20th place. This is surprising considering that Armored Core 6 debuted not too long ago.
While some games fell, some older games rose in popularity over the past week. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game of the Year rose from number 37 to number 15. FromSoftware's Dark Souls trilogy re-entered the charts at number 31 while CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 returned at 32nd place. The return of Cyberpunk 2077 isn't much of a surprise as its only paid DLC, Phantom Liberty, comes out in two weeks.
Starfield continues the trend of Bethesda RPGs selling pretty well. The Starfield Premium Upgrade was the best seller on the Xbox digital store during the early access period. The early access had over 2 million players playing the game five days before release.
Starfield also broke six million players just two days after the game was released. The number is staggering considering that the game is only available on PC and Xbox Series X/S. Starfield's sales numbers in the UK also matched Diablo 4's performance which came out on older consoles and PS5.
Starfield's player counts are staggering and showcases the reach and impact of being a Day 1 release on the Xbox Game Pass. However, it will be interesting to see if the player count and even the viewerships on game streaming platforms continue to hit record numbers in the coming weeks. We expect Starfield to reach even more players once the performance issues on Nvidia and Intel GPUs have been resolved.