Figures for the video-game industry are showing that sales are down for the month of November, despite the record shattering release of the latest instalment in the Call of Duty series, Modern Warfare 2.
According to a Cnet report, sales for the month of November were seen to fall by 7.6%, with games bringing in fully $2.7 bilion dollars, a fairly significant drop from the $2.9 billion made last November. Still, analysts have been quick to point out that last November was itself a record breaker, and that last month was the second best November on record, so clearly things aren’t looking too grim for the games industry.
This news comes the week after Electronic Arts announced that it is to scale back its production of “big” titles in favour of released more causal and online only games. When it comes to “online only,” we can only assume that EA means that it’s to be releasing more half-browser-based titles like Battlefield Heroes, but for now the company hasn’t been too open with what it has in the works in that regard.
Regardless of software sales, it seems that hardware is going very well indeed, with Nintendo’s Wii (now considered to be “ailing” when it comes to sales) managing to push 1.26 million consoles out the door. By contrast, Microsoft’s Xbox 360, perhaps still being helped by a combination of price drops and users replacing banned consoles, managed to sell 819,500 machines. Sony’s PlayStation 3, by comparison, saw 710,400 sales.
It looks as though the recession hasn’t quite hit the games industry quite as hard as was initially predicted, though it’s surprising to see that game sales are still down, despite the release of Modern Warfare 2. Whether that says more about how poorly his November has gone or how well last November went is up for debate.