According to Lazard Capital Markets analyst Colin Sebastian
, as reported by IndustryGamers
, sales of Madden NFL 10
have been "slightly below" EA's plan for the title. Based on Lazard's retail data, Sebastian says he believes the lower than expected sales are the result of fewer purchases by mainstream gamers. Specialty game retailers seem to be having no trouble selling Madden
, which indicates that "core game fans appear to be somewhat more resilient than mainstream shoppers," according to Sebastian.
Not to worry though, as Sebastian believes the recent PS3 price cut
, along with an expected 360 price cut
and the beginning of the back-to-school season "could provide a later lift" for the game. We hope so -- because we're really
hoping for a sequel.