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God of War: Ascension and Gears of War: Judgment Sales Way Down From Previous Games

God of War: Ascension Gears of War: Judgment sales

Sony's God of War series and Microsoft's Gears of War series have been powerhouse franchises for each company, with titles in each regularly selling in the millions. Unfortunately, though, it's looking as if the latest entries in each franchise are going to disappoint in the end, sales-wise.

According to analyst firm Cowen and Company, they've estimated that Gears of War: Judgment has sold 425,000 in March compared to the 2 million+ sales for Gears of War 3 when it released in September 2011.

As for God of War: Ascension, Cowen and Company's sales estimate comes in at 360,000, whereas its predecessor, God of War III, sold some 1.1 million units just three years ago in March 2010.

Percentage-wise, Judgment saw a 78.75% loss in sales in comparison to Gears of War 3's first month sales (if going strictly by the 2 million figure), while Ascension saw a 67.28% loss when compared to God of War III's first month sales.

"We had expected sales trends to improve in March due to a strong core line-up," wrote Cowen and Company. "Two historically strong franchises appear to have significantly underperformed."


The loss in sales is pretty surprising given that each series had consistently produced big sales up until these recent entries. Some have speculated that it could be due to brand fatigue, poor advertising, console fatigue (from this generation running on longer than in the past), or all of the above. Sony even bundled God of War: Ascension with a special red PS3 as a promotion for the game, but it looks as if that didn't have a huge effect on sales.

In the meantime, it'll be interesting to see how Microsoft and Sony react to this news, and whether it impacts their release schedule strategy for future games in their respective series.

Source: GamesIndustry

Do the sales estimates for God of War: Ascension and Gears of War: Judgment surprise you at all?


5 Comments

I think it's because people are starting to realize that games drop in price not to long after they come out. You don't even have to wait  a month for a game to drop to 40 dollars this days.

 

Seems like even casual gamers have taken notice and are starting to wise up. Most people this days are rolling on a budget and unless they are die hard fans of a franchise they won't be picking up a game on launch.

Exactly what Kiky said. Price drops occur pretty quick and 60 dollars is way too much especially for those on a gaming budget. The sales are poor because of that. Not everyone can afford pricey games. They should consider changing the launch price a little lower and see what happens. Or the economy is just bad.

I think it's because people are starting to realize that games drop in price not to long after they come out. You don't even have to wait  a month for a game to drop to 40 dollars this days.

 

Seems like even casual gamers have taken notice and are starting to wise up. Most people this days are rolling on a budget and unless they are die hard fans of a franchise they won't be picking up a game on launch.

 

That's actually a really interesting point I hadn't thought of, Kiky. Also, this news kind of explains that deal that GameStop was running shortly after the game's release, where you could get Ascension and the God of War Saga for $60 altogether. They must not have been selling as many units as they expected to, hence the deal.

I think a lot of this has to do with console fatigue. And also the fact that these are prequels to games that neatly wrapped up their series' respective storylines with their last entries.

 

I mean, the God of War saga is basically over...you knew that whatever happened to Kratos in Ascension  it wasn't going to have much of an effect on anything since Kratos' story is, well, finished. I assume it's the same kind of thing for Judgment. 

 

So, console fatigue and the fact that prequels don't really excite players much anymore, me thinks. 

Judgement may have got high praise & scores from critics, it was slammed by the fans (me being one as stated in my review). Its a step back with severe lacking content & its about time people saw this.  Im glad its got crap sales. 

 

Can't say that much about God Of War but it looks nothing like nothing special and the formula seems tired. 

 

 

 

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