The gaming industry is pretty much screwed. Publishers are losing money left, right and centre to the point of breaking. In an industry where 3.5 million sales in less than month is a failure, something’s quite clearly wrong. The gaming industry needs saving – and according to analysts the one thing that’ll save it is Grand Theft Auto V.
I love Nintendo’s new console, and I hope my enthusiasm for the machine came through in my review. While the rest of us were still on leave, Gavin posted some pretty heartening news about the Wii U’s sales to date, saying that the machine had topped 2 million units sold. It’s obviously not quite doing the brisk business the original Wii did, but that seems pretty decent, right?
It’s the headline that Battlefield fans have been screaming for months and now it seems like the financial analysts are wondering the same thing as two analysts, Michael Pachter and Ben Schachter, have been speaking to GamesIndustry and have stated that they are worried that Call of Duty has peaked.
There’s a new Call of Duty coming this year. Of course there is. Thing is, this time it toys with the established formula, adding a few things that might actually pass of genuine innovation - and as far as I’m concerned, sounds really interesting. The question is, are those changes enough to keep the general gaming public interested in a franchise that many believe has become stale over the years?
Though it broke launch day sales records (like the Call of Duty before it), Modern Warfare 3 doesn’t look like it best Black Ops’ overall sales. Will Black Ops 2 manage to smash sales records again this year? Analysts are divided.
Last night Rockstar put up the trailer they promised when they first teased Grand Theft Auto V’s announcement. The trailer’s causing a stir on the internet, with gaming communities abuzz with dissections of the trailer, piecing together subtle clues found in the video to better guess what we might expect from the game when it does release.
The professional guessers, the analysts who’re paid to totally make stuff up have been hard at work too, and here’s what they believe GTA V will do in terms of sales and release date.
After Nintendo slashed the price of itâ€™s Nintendo 3DS analysts have turned their thoughts to Sony and the (now) incredibly expensive PS Vita that Sony will be releasing in Japan this year and into the rest of the world in 2012.
When the Vita was first announced itâ€™s price target of $250 to $300 was competitively priced compared to the 3DS of $250 but now the 3DS is being flogged for $170 which is a far more enticing price point.
According to one analyst, sales of Nintendoâ€™s new handheld have slowed down to a trickle following its launch.
Of course, this is generally the sort of thing that happens after a new console gets launched; people go in to a mad frenzy buying it on or near release, with the more patient gamers waiting until there are actually games that they want to buy.
I love analysts - professional guessers, if you like. They sift through graphs, sales data, industry goings-on , poring over every minute detail â€“ and then make stuff up. Back in primary school, we called such people â€œliars,â€ but now that weâ€™re all grown up they have a much nicer designation. My own ranting aside, analyst reports are always interesting â€“ they consistently contain some sparkly gem hidden in their mass of conjecture.
Michael Pachter, Wedbush Morganâ€™s infamous resident videogame prognosticator has compiled yet another report; this time declaring that - as a result of Microsoftâ€™s Japanese failure and Sonyâ€™s HD video standard domination â€“ Sony will climb to the middle of the heap, finally beating out its American competition with regards to consoles sold.
The devil though is in the details â€“ When does he expect them to take the lead?