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Hogwarts Legacy is Europe’s fastest-selling game (that isn’t FIFA) for a generation | European Monthly Charts (PS5 5x last year)


Hogwarts Legacy had the sixth biggest launch for a video game since the European charts started six years ago.

The only games ahead of it are FIFA titles. That means Hogwarts Legacy had a bigger launch than every Call of Duty game released since 2017, plus other breakout hits such as Red Dead Redemption 2 and Elden Ring.

After just three weeks on sale, Hogwarts Legacy is already the fifth best-selling game of the last 12 months, behind FIFA 23, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Grand Theft Auto 5 and Elden Ring.

Yet despite the runaway success of Warner Bros title, game sales in February across Europe are down 10% compared with last February, with 12.9 million games sold.

This data is from GSD and includes physical game sales across most major European markets (including the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and more). It also includes digital game sales from most major publishers across all European markets. Full details are at the bottom of the article.

The decline in game sales is due to fewer releases in February than the year before, which saw multiple big new titles including Elden Ring, Horizon: Forbidden West, Dying Light 2 and Total War: Warhammer 3. There was also strong second month sales for Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

Also, legacy titles didn't perform as strongly this year. GTA 5 sales are down 35% compared with February 2021, and Mario Kart 8: Deluxe sales are down 39%. Red Dead Redemption 2 is the notable exception, with sales up 6% over the year before.

The next highest-charting new release is war shooter Atomic Heart at No.9.

Elsewhere, The Last of Us Part 2 and The Last of Us Remastered both jumped up the charts, boosted by the HBO TV series based on the games. Part 2 sales were up 317% over February last year, while Remastered sales are up 285%.

Not all of February’s big console and PC titles are included in this chart. Nintendo is the one major AAA games publisher that doesn’t share its digital data, so its Metroid Prime Remastered game (which surprise launched on Nintendo Eshop in the middle of the month) is missing. Also, games from most smaller publishers are currently not included, so the much talked about survival game Sons of the Forest is also absent.
PS5 and Xbox see stronger February sales

In terms of consoles, PS5 saw a huge spike in sales across Europe last month, with sales up five times over February last year. The start of last year was extremely slow for PS5, due to severe stock shortages worldwide.

The hardware data from GSD covers multiple European markets, but it is missing two of the biggest territories: the UK and Germany. You can read the UK hardware report over here.

PS5 was comfortably the best-selling console across tracked European markets, with sales more than double Nintendo Switch in second place. Switch sales are down 28% across Europe, mirroring a similar decline in the UK. Nintendo's next big push around Switch is in the second quarter of the year, with activity planned around the new Zelda game and Mario movie.

Xbox Series S and X is in No.3 spot across Europe, but Microsoft saw a 13% sales increase compared with February last year.
Over in accessories, 1.27 million items were sold across European markets last month, a slight drop of 0.2%. This area has been boosted by the console market, with the PS5 DualSense controller continuing to see strong sales.

In terms of points and wallet sales, 1.15 million of these cards were sold across Europe, a drop of 8% year-on-year.

European GSD February 2023 Top 20 (Digital + Physical)​

1Hogwarts Legacy (Warner Bros)
2FIFA 23 (EA)
3Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
4Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision Blizzard)
5NBA 2K23 (2K Games)
6Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
7The Last of Us: Part 2 (Sony)
8God of War Ragnarok (Sony)
9Atomic Heart (Focus Entertainment)
10Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo) *
11Borderlands 3 (2K Games)
12Dead Space (EA)
13Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla (Ubisoft)
14It Takes Two (EA)
15Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo) *
16The Last of Us: Remastered (Sony)
17WWE 2K22 (2K Games)
18Sid Meier’s Civilization 6 (2K Games)
19Gran Turismo 7 (Sony)
20Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Nintendo/Mojang)*

Source: https://www.gamesindustry.biz/hogwa...fifa-for-a-generation-european-monthly-charts
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crushed noo GIF

hemo memo

“It had a bigger launch than every Call of Duty over the last 6 years and was bigger than Red Dead Redemption 2’s first week”

Wow this is BIG.

Btw, just started the last episode of South Park and it got mentioned. Another boost hopefully.
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Its a damn shame Reee banned all Hogwarts talk as it would be fascinating to see what they are saying about this games success. It must feel like a massive loss and blow to their 'cause'.

I mean the older Harry Potter games didnt come close to this in success, not even equivelant success 'pound for pound'. There must be a lot of buyers that are partly buying this as a push back against the woke agenda.
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Woke people right now:

not like this GIF

Well deserved. A miss here and there but overall game is quite good. Here's hoping Warner Bros doesn't get greedy and fuck up the franchise.
It was a dumb boycott anyway. Rowling didn’t make the game and the game is actually supportive of modern gender politics, no genders specified and you can go with a female voice on your wizard if you want and they have a trans person voice acting the bar owner in Hogsmead etc.
I was so looking forward to it, but after about 10 hours I just kind of bounced off of it. Not for any big reason in particular. It's not like there's anything wrong with it or something I didn't like, it just didn't get it's hooks in me. Maybe will return to it some time in the future. It is a beautiful game on Series X. I wish they would add Quidditch into it in post-launch DLC. If I have any overall complaint about it, it's lack of enemy variety, I guess 🤷‍♂️

Now that Octopath II is out, it's like BotW or Elden Ring in that, when I'm not playing it, I'm thinking about playing it.
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I enjoyed the game so well deserved. I'm quite worried for the sequel though, knowing WB they are licking their chops as they're trying to come up with ways to turn the next game into a live service title or monetize it in some way.
I enjoyed the game so well deserved. I'm quite worried for the sequel though, knowing WB they are licking their chops as they're trying to come up with ways to turn the next game into a live service title or monetize it in some way.
let's see how bad the suicide squad performs


Poor a 40 out for all dem dead Trans people these sales "are clearly" gonna cause. Why cant the world do better?


Anyone loving the game that had zero interest in Harry Potter?
I bought the game to show support but after about 10 hours of play over various days, i'm really struggling to get into the game, and open world games are my thing.

Although i can def tell from playing why fans would adore this game, the lore and world building is very impressive.


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How J.K gonna ever survive the screaming of the social people I wonder.

In the meantime, well done. Totally deserved.
Jesus Christ bigger than RDR2 and modern warfare 1 and 2!!

Will probably get bigger and bigger as well. It may be like GTA5 of last gen I.e.the game new console owners buy at launch.
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thinks Halo Infinite is a new graphical benchmark
Europe has an obsession with Harry Potter which is coming off of jk rawling drama, media hype, headlines, and the prequels (fantastic beasts) I’m not surprised HOGWARTS is doing so well, you’re looking at an open world game at the core.
like a boss mic drop GIF
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