Financial services firm The Cowen Group put out an interesting report that notes that sale for Gears of War: judgment and God of War: Ascension have ‘significantly’ underperformed. This news is concerning considering the considerable size of both user base for both PS3 and Xbox 360.
Both Microsoft and Sony’s game platforms are estimated to be around 77 million each, yet the latest iterations for both IPs seemed to have underperformed. Both games are the fourth iteration in the franchise. Its also important to note that both games are not proper numbered sequels to the previous titles.
According to GI.biz, the Cowen Group estimates that Gears of War: judgment sold around 425k units in the US during March compared to the 2 million units for Gears of War 3 back in September 2011. God of War: Ascension is estimated to have sold around 360k units in the US, compared to God of War 3, which moved 1.1 million units back in March 2010.
The firm writes:
We had expected sales trends to improve in March due to a strong core line-up… Two historically strong franchises appear to have significantly underperformed.
The firm also notes that Square Enix’s Tomb Raider and Take-Two’s Bioshock Infinite is estimated to have fared better with 696k and 665k units sold respectively.
While both games earned the lowest review scores in the series to date, the scores were actually decent with God of War: Ascension garnering a metacritic score of 80 and a 79 for Gears of War: Judgment.
Its been about a month since both games launched and VGChartz, estimates that both titles have sold around a million units each so far. Some attribute the poor sales figures to both games being a non-numbered sequel. Ubisoft has been criticized for announcing Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag as a numbered sequel only one year after AC III’s release. However, some believe that this might have been a smart move on Ubisoft’s part.