Take-Two Interactive CEO Ben Feder recently mentioned that Red Dead Redemption
"sucked the oxygen out of the room
" at retail upon its release -- wow, he wasn't kidding. Data provided to Joystiq by the NPD group shows that high-profile releases Alan Wake
sold 145K and 86K units in the US during May, respectively. In comparison, Red Dead Redemption sold 1.51 million copies
. All three games launched on the same day in the States.
NPD analyst Anita Frazier explains, "What I found interesting about Red Dead
is that it is the second game in the franchise. First game got middling review scores and sold good but not great -- 920K life-to-date. I applaud it when a publisher can take a franchise with solid results and improve on it significantly next time out the gate."
Perhaps when (if?) Alan Wake
receive sequels, they'll have better sales luck (and no oxygen-sucking beasts around