Long read: Who is qualified to make a world?

In search of the magic of maps.

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

Mass Effect Andromeda physical launch sales down on ME3

Archon believe it.

Mass Effect Andromeda sold fewer physical copies than Mass Effect 3 during its first week on sale in the UK.

That's despite an extra day to rack sales up, as well. Andromeda launched here in the UK last Thursday. Mass Effect 3 launched on a Friday, back in March 2012.

But, five years ago, the sales picture was very different. Physical PC copies (the only kind counted by UK numbers company Chart-Track) counted for 10 per cent of Mass Effect 3 launch sales. For Andromeda, physical PC copies counted for just four per cent. Many more will be digital - purchased through EA's Origin service.

Digital sales through console will also make up a much larger share than they did on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 back in 2012 - especially as there was no boxed version of Andromeda's Deluxe Edition.

Cover image for YouTube video8 Tips to Actually Enjoy Mass Effect: Andromeda

Reviews painted a disappointing picture of Andromeda last week, which may well have impacted sales. It's something I polled your opinion about last Friday - and while far from scientific the results indicated reviews indeed had a say.

Elsewhere, Ghost Recon: Wildlands continued to sell strongly, budged down into second place.

Overall, the UK top 10 remains largely unchanged, with PlayStation 4 exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn in fourth behind Lego Worlds, and Nintendo exclusive Zelda: Breath of the Wild in sixth, behind GTA5.

Here's the full top 10:

  1. Mass Effect Andromeda
  2. Ghost Recon Wildlands
  3. Lego Worlds
  4. Horizon
  5. GTA5
  6. Zelda
  7. FIFA 17
  8. Rocket League
  9. COD: IW
  10. Forza Horizon 3