Halo 5: Guardians pummels Assassin's Creed syndicate in first week sales
343 Industries' shooter outsells Ubisoft's latest Assassin's Creed title by a whopping 50% in its first week of sale
With what is arguably the first major week in the gaming industry's AAA season now behind us, sales figures are suggesting that it was a landslide win for 343 Industries' Xbox One exclusive first person shooter Halo 5: Guardians, with the title reportedly outselling the week's other major release, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, by as much as 50% - the same margin, incidentally, as it outsold last year's Halo: Master Chief Collection.
While this is undoubtedly huge news for Microsoft, especially given the fact that Syndicate is a multiplatform release, it's worth noting that Halo 5 launched on Tuesday, a full 3 days ahead of the launch of Ubisoft's title, which likely accounts for at least part of the increased performance. More telling is the fact that the launch has blown the Master Chief Collection out of the water despite the fact that last year's collection of the first four Halo titles (plus Halo 3: ODST) suffered from major online performance issues when it was released. Some had speculated that the issues faced by Halo: MCC last year may have resulted in reduced enthusiasm from the gaming public, but that certainly doesn't appear to have been the case - possibly aided by the fact that Halo 5: Guardians suffers no such problems itself, thankfully.
The news is perhaps less encouraging for Ubisoft, who faced a similar backlash when it's Assassin's Creed: Unity shipped last year, featuring countless bugs, many of which were considered game-breaking by players across the world. A combination of poor quality control and the publisher's decision to push at least one Assassin's Creed title per year into the market has resulted in plenty of criticism from gamers, resulting in many commentators predicting a form of "Assassin's Creed fatigue" this year.
All is not lost for Ubisoft, however, as a reduced sales window last week most definitely accounts for the figures stacking so heavily in Microsoft's favour, and positive reviews for Syndicate may be enough to sway those who were undecided into making a purchase this week.