Call of Duty: Vanguard’s launch sales in the UK are down about 40% compared to last year’s game, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Physical sales are down around 26%, while digital sale dropped 44%–but this isn’t surprising.
This information comes from GSD (reported by Gamesindustry.biz), which placed Call of Duty: Vanguard as the second biggest game launch of 2021 in the UK, following behind FIFA 22. Despite the drop in sales in the UK, Call of Duty: Vanguard is still expected to be the best-selling game of 2021 in the US. World War II entries typically sell less than other Call of Duty titles that are set in the modern/near-modern/feature based entires. Treyarch developed games, much like Black Ops Cold war, are historically the best-selling titles in the series.
Activision also chose a poor time to release Call of Duty: Vanguard. November is hosting other big shooter titles, including Battlefield 2042 and well as the surprise release of the Halo Infinite multiplayer. Vanguard is set to be integrated with Warzone on December 2nd with Season One.
Although the sales have dropped compared to last year, Vanguard still managed to launch as the number one game in the UK for the week, pushing out FIFA 22, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and Mary Party Superstars.