Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands News for Xbox 360

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The NPD Group has released extended data for the May sales period in the US, revealing the sales for some of the month's biggest releases that failed to chart in the Top 5.

Alan Wake charted at No.8 and managed to rack up sales of 145,000 units on Xbox 360. Launching alongside the blockbuster Red Dead Redemption can't have helped, but more was expected from Remedy's supernatural thriller.

If Alan Wake is considered to have underperformed then the new racing properties from Disney and Activision can only be described as massive disappointments. Disney's Split/Second from Brighton-based Black Rock sold a combined 86,000 units on PS3 and Xbox 360 in 12 days, while Activision's Blur managed only 31,000 units - the game hit stores at the end of the May tracking period, but this isn't good start for the new IP.

Elsewhere Ubisoft's Prince of Persia sold fewer than 100,000 units across five platforms in 12 days.

Via Gamasutra

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El-Dev@ draytone

It should have enough weighting now to be able to hold it's own during the Christmas time schedule this year.
Posted 11:36 on 06 July 2010
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draytone@ El-Dev

Batman Arkham Asylum 2 is coming out a few days after Halo:Reach this year... so they didn't follow the same game plan but maybe they are looking to ride on the back of the success of the first game.
Posted 11:35 on 06 July 2010
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El-Dev@ draytone

It's the same every year, that's one of the factors behind Batman's success last year in my opinion. Came out in August which is generally quiet, fair enough being Batman and getting amazing reviews probably helped as well.
Posted 11:29 on 06 July 2010
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draytone@ El-Dev

Yeah there is a definite lull now until it picks up in Autumn with the likes of Fable III, COD: Black Ops, MOH, Halo:Reach, Star Wars: The Force Unleased 2, Gears of War 3, FIFA 11.
Posted 11:25 on 06 July 2010
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El-Dev@ draytone

Most definitely, there's always a bit of a lull in the summer, surely some of the weaker titles could have waited a month or two until a clear release schedule.
Posted 11:23 on 06 July 2010
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draytone

It's been a few tough months... I think Blur would have done better releasing around now.
Posted 11:08 on 06 July 2010
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IndoorHeroes

I suspect other publishers underestimated the raw might of Red Dead. There was some apprehension as to how well a cowboy game would actually sell as historicaly they haven't done big numbers.
Posted 11:08 on 06 July 2010
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El-Dev@ CheekyLee

I'd say it was a pretty big factor, anything related to COD and GTA will get big sales in the US at the expense of other games in it's release period.

Blur and Split Second were released too close together for games that were too similar for most to differentiate.
Posted 11:04 on 06 July 2010
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Woffls

It's worth noting that Blur only got 5 days of sales, and I think racing games do better in Europe anyway. It's a shame though, because that game was brilliant. I guess people only want shooters these days...
Posted 10:50 on 06 July 2010
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CheekyLee@ El-Dev

I'm not sure RDR was really that much of a factor. Alan Wake received mixed reviews after taking far too long to finally appear. Blur and Split Second had demos that let people realise that they were nothing new or special. And PoP was probably released too soon, what with last year's title. Basically, none of them generated any kind of buzz.
Posted 10:47 on 06 July 2010
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El-Dev

Some major flops in May, but then again they were going up against RDR. I'm sure Activision, Disney and Remedy had predicted much higher sales than what they achieved.
Posted 10:28 on 06 July 2010
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A_Boome

It's amazing how developers and publishers crammed so many big games into one month. How someone at those publishers or developers didn't see that there isn't anything really big releasing in terms of competition over the summer, mid July to the end of August, and move a game back.
Posted 09:26 on 06 July 2010
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wannabefree

I like how we seem to have picked up on the US obsession with NPD figures despite the fact the euro market is just as significant and more to the point RELEVENT for us. Probably it would be useful to see the individual country stats grouped into one result like the NPD does for the US.
Posted 09:20 on 06 July 2010
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mikejosh1978

Not being silly but split second & Blur for me were all too similar to wipeout hd for me but with need for speed / ridgeracery cars which just made them feel like it had all been done before & PoP game i think suffered from the movie release as we all know they can be bad even if this isn't strictly a tie in . I have just ordered Alan Wake for £18 new & feel like i am robbing Remedy.
Posted 08:53 on 06 July 2010

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