NBA 2K21 launched for current-gen consoles just last week, and is set to launch on next-gen consoles at some point later this year. Early boxed sales for the game aren't looking too positive however, when compared with the first week launch figures of last year's NBA 2K20.
As GamesIndustry.biz first reported yesterday, NBA 2K21's physical sales after one week are down 37% compared to last year's 2K20. The latest sim from 2K comes in at number three on the UK physical sales charts, just behind debuts from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2, and Marvel's Avengers.
However, the relatively disappointing physical sales of NBA 2K21 could be in part to an large increase in digital sales during the COVID-19 pandemic. In July, Capcom reported that digital game sales dominated their 2020 so far, with four of every five Capcom games sold being digital. While Monster Hunter World: Iceborne undoubtedly played a large part in the domination of digital sales, the COVID-19 pandemic has definitely forced players to buy digital.
Elsewhere in the UK sales charts, the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater remasters have sold incredibly well. The remastered package has sold upwards of 448% after one week when compared to the sales of 2015's Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5, according to GamesIndustry.biz. Meanwhile, Marvel's Avengers take pole position in the weekly sales charts, selling 2% more boxed copies than the last Tomb Raider game (Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which developer Crystal Dynamics helped with).
Of course, this is just one of two launches for NBA 2K21 this year, as 2K's sim will be coming to both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X later this year. It'll be interesting to see if there's an uptick in sales on next-gen consoles though, as the game will be retailing for the slightly increased price of $69.99 on both platforms.