Astral Chain is new UK number one – beats Control and Man Of Medan

PlatinumGames earns their first ever UK number one, as Wreckfest takes second place and Control has to settle for fourth.

Why last week turned into such a traffic jam of new releases is a mystery understood only by the publishers themselves but while it’s an inauspicious start for some games, especially Remedy’s Control, only around 1,500 sales separated the number one game from number four.

Astral Chain becomes the sixth Switch game to hit number one this year but it’s the first PlatinumGames title to ever do so, even though it’s only their fourth most successful launch in terms of units sold – behind Bayonetta, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and NieR:Automata.

As ever, digital sales aren’t included so given the small difference in sales between the top four the overall top 10 may be different if they’re included, although Astral Chain’s performance is especially impressive given it’s only on one format.

Racing game Wreckfest came in at number two, 1,100 sales behind Astral Chain, but the battle for third and fourth place was even closer.

The Dark Pictures: Man Of Medan was just 250 copies behind Wreckfest and Control was just 300 copies behind that. The latter is surely not quite the breakthrough launch developer Remedy were hoping for, for their first multiformat release in several years, but it’s also not as big a disappointment as its chart position may suggest.

Also new this week is Collection Of Mana for the Switch, at number 22, while Marvel’s swings up to number eight after widespread shop discounts.

Releasing so many games at once seems especially silly given there was nothing out the week before and relatively little this week, especially as Final Fantasy VIII Remastered isn’t getting a physical release.

NBA 2K20 and Monster Hunter: World expansion Iceborne are though, so Astral Chain may not be able to hog the number one spot for long.

UK all formats chart – 31 August

1 (-) Astral Chain (NS)
2 (-) Wreckfest (PS4/XO)
3 (-) The Dark Pictures: Man Of Medan (PS4/XO)
4 (-) Control (PS4/XO)
5 (1) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (NS)
6 (3) Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (PS4/XO/NS)
7 (2) Super Mario Maker 2 (NS)
8 (34)Marvel’s Spider-Man (PS4)
9 (7) Grand Theft Auto V (PS4/XO/PC/360/PS3)
10(9) Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 (PS4/XO/PC)

Ukie Games Charts©, compiled by GfK Chart-Track

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