Dragon’s Dogma 2 outsells FF7 Rebirth in key markets

Helldivers 2 continues to dominate
Capcom

It looks like Dragon’s Dogma 2 managed to outsell fellow Japanese RPG Final Fantasy 7: Rebirth in their debut month in key European markets – according to GamesIndustry, the Capcom title barely squeezed ahead of Square Enix’s offering with the games ranking at third and fifth respectively in the UK’s charts for March 2024. 

In Germany, the picture is even clearer: Dragon’s Dogma 2 debuted in third place, while FF7 – which was recorded in third place in February – did not crack the top 20 anymore, falling off completely.

Helldivers 2 managed to retain first place in the UK, becoming the main driver of a strong first quarter for video game sales, with EA Sports FC 24 coming in second. Both titles finished the month in reverse order in Germany, where Helldivers 2 had to give up its top position after its sweep in February. 

According to GamesIndustry, Helldivers 2 is on track to outpace Sony’s latest big release, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 – though it’s a difficult comparison with one being an expensive PS5 exclusive and one being available on both PS5 and PC for a lower price. Naturally, that aspect is something to consider when evaluating the Dragon’s Dogma 2 vs. FF7 numbers as well.

Another common trend for March 2024 was the triumphant return of the Command & Conquer series, which got re-released in a massive bundle on Steam. The Ultimate Collection debuted inside the top five in Germany, while two separate Command & Conquer games entered the top ten in the UK.

EA’s iconic RTS series managed to beat Rise of the Ronin (debuted in 7th), WWE 2K24 (debuted in 8th), Princess Peach: Showtime (debuted in 12th with data for digital sales missing), and Horizon: Forbidden West’s PC release (debuted in 14th) in Germany, showing the franchise’s strong pull even after all these years – though it has to be noted that Germany has always been a particularly strong market for strategy games on PC.

In the UK, WWE 2K24 managed to squeeze between Dragon’s Dogma 2 and FF7 Rebirth, while Ronin and Peach debuted at disappointing ranks 21 and 30, respectively.

GSD March 2024 – UK

  1. Helldivers 2
  2. EA Sports FC 24
  3. Dragon’s Dogma 2
  4. WWE 2K24
  5. Final Fantasy 7: Rebirth
  6. Rainbow Six: Siege
  7. Command & Conquer: Generals
  8. GTA 5
  9. Hogwarts Legacy
  10. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2

GSD March 2024 – Germany

  1. EA Sports FC 24
  2. Helldivers 2
  3. Dragon’s Dogma 2
  4. GTA 5
  5. Command & Conquer: The Ultimate Collection
  6. It Takes Two
  7. Rise of the Ronin
  8. WWE 2K24
  9. Hogwarts Legacy
  10. Rainbow Six: Siege


Is there a lesson to be learned here? As a totally unbiased fan of strategy games, I would say so – it’s time for a new Command & Conquer, EA.


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Marco Wutz

MARCO WUTZ

Marco Wutz is a writer from Parkstetten, Germany. He has a degree in Ancient History and a particular love for real-time and turn-based strategy games like StarCraft, Age of Empires, Total War, Age of Wonders, Crusader Kings, and Civilization as well as a soft spot for Genshin Impact and Honkai: Star Rail. He began covering StarCraft 2 as a writer in 2011 for the largest German community around the game and hosted a live tournament on a stage at gamescom 2014 before he went on to work for Bonjwa, one of the country's biggest Twitch channels. He branched out to write in English in 2015 by joining tl.net, the global center of the StarCraft scene run by Team Liquid, which was nominated as the Best Coverage Website of the Year at the Esports Industry Awards in 2017. He worked as a translator on The Crusader Stands Watch, a biography in memory of Dennis "INTERNETHULK" Hawelka, and provided live coverage of many StarCraft 2 events on the social channels of tl.net as well as DreamHack, the world's largest gaming festival. From there, he transitioned into writing about the games industry in general after his graduation, joining GLHF, a content agency specializing in video games coverage for media partners across the globe, in 2021. He has also written for NGL.ONE, kicker, ComputerBild, USA Today's ForTheWin, The Sun, Men's Journal, and Parade. Email: marco.wutz@glhf.gg