It has been just over a month since Microsoft and Sony both released their exclusive prequels – Gears of War: Judgment and God of War: Ascension. With such hype created for the latest entries into one of the most iconic series in our present times, one would think that all that work would have had paid off.
However, according to an analysis from the investment firm Cowen & Company both titles ended up with disappointing sales. Gears of War: Judgment is estimated to have sold 425,000 units on Xbox 360, while God of War: Ascension shifted only 360,000 units on the PS3.
Comparing both titles to their predecessors, Judgment sales are down by 2 million for Gears of War 3 released back in 2011 and Ascension is down by 1.1 million for God of War 3 released back in March 2010.
BioShock Infinite, on the other hand, has done nicely for itself. The fictional city of Columbia floated an estimated 665,000 copies on consoles in only the first ten days of release. The Tomb Raider reboot was said to have done well with approximately 696,000 units on consoles in 33 days.
“We had expected sales trends to improve in March due to a strong core lineup,” reads Cowen’s note to investors. “However, while some titles appear to have done well, including Square Enix’s Tomb Raider and Take-Two’s BioShock Infinite, two historically strong franchises appear to have significantly underperformed.”
Cowen’s firm added that they don’t see industrial growth until August, despite the successful run by BioShock Infinite and Tomb Raider. Fall’s release of the new Battlefield 4 and Grand Theft Auto V are expected to bring some life back to the games industry.