Dying Light sales suggest we still value discs over downloads

Just when you thought the zombie genre might be looking a little gnawed around the edges, the undead rise once again to prove you wrong. Techland’s open world sandbox Dying Light has topped the UK physical sales chart for the second week running after a month of online only availability, strongly suggesting that we're still pretty old school in our buying choices.

Dying Light’s zombies have been staggering onto consoles and PC digitally since January the 28th after the EU physical release was delayed. The North American release was unaffected and not only managed to snag the best-selling game in the US for January, but also became the fastest selling new IP in the survival horror genre. Promising news if Techland is looking to turn this into an undead franchise.

This month long digital only delay doesn’t seem to have affected physical sales with Chart-Track noting that the game has sold more copies since its launch on February 27th than both Evolve and The Order:1886. Ouch. Even without digital sales figures, this strongly suggests that despite the game’s availability online across PSN, Xbox One and PC, the majority of people are still looking to buy a physical copy. Whether this is down to online pricing structures still being out of reach or post play trade in value, we still seem to prefer the reassurance offered by a shiny disc.

And, as if by magic, to persuade you otherwise, Sony is currently offering a 10% discount across everything on the UK PlayStation Store until midnight tonight with the code ‘L5MFCEP358.’

Louise Blain

Louise Blain is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in gaming, technology, and entertainment. She is the presenter of BBC Radio 3’s monthly Sound of Gaming show and has a weekly consumer tech slot on BBC Radio Scotland. She can also be found on BBC Radio 4, BBC Five Live, Netflix UK's YouTube Channel, and on The Evolution of Horror podcast. As well as her work on GamesRadar, Louise writes for NME, T3, and TechRadar. When she’s not working, you can probably find her watching horror movies or playing an Assassin’s Creed game and getting distracted by Photo Mode.