Analyst firm Cowen & Company estimates high-profile March launches God of War: Ascension
and Gears of War: Judgment
both sold far less than their predecessors. The firm projects (via GI.biz
) that Ascension
sold 360,000 in the US during March and Judgment
moved 425,000, down from first-month sales of 1.1 million for God of War 3
and over three million
in Gears of War 3
's first week of availability.
A much better March for Tomb Raider
and BioShock Infinite
is predicted. The Crystal Dynamics reboot has amassed 696,000 sales in the US over March, while the firm says BioShock Infinite
is near 665,000 in just 10 days.
Cowen & Company predicts NPD data for March will show a decline in software and hardware spend compared to last year, though the firm is hopeful the launches of StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm
will help contribute to a substantial increase in PC game sales.