The UK games industry is becoming increasingly digital, but single player games continue to sell strongly at physical retail.
Last year's best-selling new single player games Far Cry 6, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ratchet & Clank sold more in a box than as a download. The one exception was Resident Evil Village, which was slightly more popular as a digital game.
This is according to the latest GfK and GSD sales figures, as published in the Entertainment Retailer's Association's yearbook.
Nintendo games also continue to do well physically. Over 47% of all games sold at physical retail last year in the UK were on Nintendo Switch. However, Nintendo does not share digital download figures for its games.
The fastest growing digital product is FIFA. FIFA 22's digital share was 61% in 2021, whereas FIFA 21's digital share was 52% in 2020.
However, the Call of Duty franchise saw its digital share drop year-on-year. Call of Duty: Vanguard's digital share was 58%, whereas Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War's share was 69%.
The new release with the biggest digital sales share was EA's F1 2021, which had a 64% digital sales split.
Meanwhile, the ERA yearbook also revealed that more and more people are abandoning the High Street in favour of online retail. 72% of all physical games sold last year were sold via online stores. In 2020, that number was 70%.
Here is the 2021 UK sales charts with digital sales splits (ERA/GfK/GSD)
|2||Call of Duty: Vanguard||975,339||58.3%|
|3||Grand Theft Auto 5||967,242||76.9%|
|5||Mario Kart 8: Deluxe*||599,881||0%|
|6||Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War||549,490||74.3%|
|7||Spider-Man: Miles Morales||505,803||30.6%|
|8||Animal Crossing: New Horizons*||457,407||0%|
|10||Red Dead Redemption 2||395,669||78.2%|
|12||Far Cry 6||371,020||44.7%|
|13||Assassin's Creed Valhalla||358,379||48.1%|
|14||Resident Evil Village||331,252||54.8%|
|15||Super Mario 3D World + Bower's Fury*||321,010||0%|
|17||Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege||236,834||96.3%|
|18||Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart||225,477||18.4%|
|19||Pokémon Brilliant Diamond*||210,507||0%|
|20||Guardians of the Galaxy||192,576||27.4%|
*Digital Data Unavailable