'Horizon Zero Dawn' beats 'Legend of Zelda' for top spot in UK video game charts

Action role-playing game (RPG) "Horizon Zero Dawn" edged "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" for the top spot in the U.K. charts after the first week of their release. The game, which was developed by Guerilla Games, also became the biggest new IP launch for PlayStation 4 in the U.K. to date.

According to the weekly chart released by Gfk Chart-Track, "Horizon Zero Dawn," published by Sony Computer Entertainment, topped week nine ahead of "Zelda," which is one of Nintendo's most iconic titles in history. The game also became the biggest launch of the year for any label, and Sony's most successful one since the release of "Uncharted 4: A Thief's End."

(Guerrilla Games)Promotional image for "Horizon Zero Dawn"

"Breath of the Wild," which launched alongside the Nintendo Switch last March 3, ended up at the second spot for both the Switch and Wii consoles, with 78 percent of the sales accounted for the Switch. Furthermore, the report also added that "Zelda's" Switch version is the "third biggest ever launch of a Zelda title, behind 'Wind Waker' on Gamecube and 'Twilight Princess' on Wii."

Meanwhile, Ubisoft's hack and slash fighting game "For Honor" relinquished the top spot and fell to number five, trailing behind "Grand Theft Auto V" and "1-2 Switch," which are at the third and fourth spots, respectively. Completing the top 10 for the week ending March 4 are "Fifa 17" (6th), "Super Bomberman R" (7th), "Rocket League" (8th), "Sniper Elite 4" (9th), and "Battlefield 1" (10th).

Last month, the developers from Guerrilla Games shared the challenges they faced in the studio, particularly in the transition from creating the first-person shooter game "Killzone" to building the gameplay for Horizon Zero Dawn.

The team released a series of videos tackling the changes they had to adapt to, the development of the battle scenes, and the road to creating an iconic figure that is worthy of joining the ranks of other characters that are exclusive to the PlayStation platform.