PS4 remained the top selling console this month, with Xbox One in second.
It was reported that Dark Souls 3 sales were heavily one-sided, selling thrice as many copies on PS4 compared to Xbox One. Dark Souls 3 sold twice as much as Dark Souls 2 in the same time frame and is assumed to do well in future weeks too.
Souls series has been a niche genre with average sales attached to it, but Dark Souls 3, mainly due to the success of Bloodborne (both IP made by FROMSoftware) managed to attract more crowd in becoming the best sold Dark Souls game yet.
Grand Theft Auto V and Minecraft remained in Top10 and at this rate probably will be till the end of time. But it was shocking to see Quantum Break so far down the list in a US-centric market list, where Xbox One has the most significant hold.
Top 10 Selling Games On PS4 XB1 PC April 2016
- Dark Souls III (PS4, Xbox One)
- Ratchet & Clank (PS4)
- MLB 16: The Show (PS4, PS3)
- Tom Clancy’s The Division (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
- Minecraft (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3)
- Quantum Break (Xbox One)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
- NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
- Star Fox: Zero (Wii U)
Quantum Break was announced in 2013 and has been at the forefront of Microsoft’s PR about upcoming games for years. It had been in works for more than 5 Years, being developed by none other than Remedy Entertainment, the creators of our past beloved franchises like Alan Wake and Max Payne.
The marketing push for Quantum Break was huge, and we can imagine being worked for five years with radical game designs like inserting a TV show midst the game would
The marketing push for Quantum Break was huge, and we can imagine being worked for five years with radical game designs like inserting a TV show midst the game would have ramped up the development cost quite much. Not to say the TV show aspect, which featured many high profile actors must have been costly to produce compared to your normal in-game cutscenes.
But in sales, Quantum Break had been Quantum bleak
Sales of games are always extremely front loaded. The first few weeks and the first few months is undoubtedly where the game sells most of the copies in its lifetime. But Quantum Break had seen slower first week sales compared to them, But in sales, Quantum Break had been Quantum break in the UK. And according to estimation, the Dark Souls 3 – PS4 version, Sony Exclusive MLB 16 – PS4 version outsold Quantum Break in the US.
And according to estimation, the Dark Souls 3 – PS4 version, Sony Exclusive MLB 16 – PS4 version outsold Quantum Break in it’s the first month in the US. GTA V and Minecraft who were released 2-3 years ago managed to exceed a new launch of that month, which doesn’t paint a good picture for the future of QB.
Also, the surprise winner, PS4 exclusive Ratchet, and Clank which released later that month than QB managed to not only outsold Quantum Break but snatched the 2nd position without matching QB’s marketing push and with abysmal reviews of Ratchet and Clank the movie.
Microsoft had been pinning their hopes at making next big franchise out of Quantum Break. The lore in the game also was set up for further installments, but it is looking increasingly difficult for a sequel.
Ratchet and Clank, whose last entry as a platformer (a dying genre) had been in 2013 which continued its downward sales trend and recognition, managed to flip the table with the new game.
Insomniac Games (creator of Ratchet and Clank franchise) surprised everybody and the game managed to remain in the top spot in the UK, two weeks in a row. It became the 7th Biggest Sony first party IP launch and sold three times better than its previous most successful title, Ratchet, and Clank: A crack in time, released in 2009 in the same time frame.
Overall Industry Performance :
April retail game sales are down 15% year over year.
- Mainly due to Mortal Kombat X released in April 2015, which pushed the number high.
Hardware Sales was down 23% year over year.
- April, May has always been difficult months when it comes to moving consoles. We do not assume the rumors of PS4K, Xbox 2 or eventuality of NX had any effect on the sales.
- Console generation has moved onto its third year.
- However, PS4+XB1 are still outselling PS3+X360.
Written By – Shubhendu Singh
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