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Sales of triple-A video games are at an all-time low in the UK, which has led to a 25 per cent decline in the retail market compared to the same period last year, reports MCV.

Publishers are said to be shocked by the hugely disappointing sales of big titles, including major sequels.

An unnamed, but prominent analyst told MCV that sales are "half of what they should be".

Retail sources have also revealed that the year's major new game releases are well down on those released in the same period last year, shifting between 10,000 and 48,000 copies during the first week on sale. By comparison, triple-A games from early in 2011 sold between 35,000 and 80,000 copies.

An unnamed published, commenting on its struggling triple-A title, told MCV: "We are trying to understand it, but everything is selling well below what it should. It is an absolute nightmare. I'm not making half the money back I'm spending on marketing."

Another publisher added: "Nobody is looking at Chart-Track's numbers so far this year and thinking ‘cool'."

The UK boss of a Japanese publisher says the performance of upcoming titles Syndicate and Mass Effect 3 will be watched "very closely".

VideoGamer.com Analysis

No games have been named, but we only have to look back at the release schedule to work out which titles are likely to have underperformed.

UFC 3 arrived with a bang at No.1, but failed to outsell first week numbers of last year's game. Other major releases included Final Fantasy XIII-2, SoulCalibur V, The Darkness 2 and Resident Evil: Revelations.

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draytone

I think there are soo many games coming out which are high quality, I swear only a few really good games used to come out then the rest would just be okay. I think it's probably reflected in game review scores now as well, there are so many 8/9 games that we can't possibly buy and play them all.

They need to start making crappier games, which are cheaper to produce, and allow gamers time to play and complete other gooden's. That's my brilliant solution.
Posted 14:57 on 23 February 2012
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TomPearson

:(
Posted 14:51 on 23 February 2012
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Endless

I only ever buy 2 or 3 games a year anyway, this year sfxt and Borderlands 2 are looking to be in that list, depending on Mass Effect 3's rental availability.
Posted 13:49 on 23 February 2012
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EverTheOptimist

The last 'Triple A' (I hate that term) game I purchased was Modern Warfare 3. I buy quite a few used games and the occasional new one. Like Clockpunk, I also don't need to buy things day one and would rather wait a month or two for a price drop.
Posted 13:01 on 23 February 2012
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Clockpunk

I've just been taking the opportunity to catch up on a backlog of games - still got plenty to go! Combined with the fact that game prices drop so rapidly (for the most part) now, I see no reason to jump in day-one for the most part.

That said, come April, after Mass Effect 3, Witcher 2, Risen 2... they too should keep me going for a good, long time. Quality, rather than quantity. That is what the publisher's should bear in mind.
Posted 12:22 on 23 February 2012
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draytone

I haven't bought a brand new game since Skyrim... but then again I've been playing less recently. I've found Skyrim/ Fifa /BF3 have pretty much all I need, along with wanting to complete games I haven't got round to finishing yet.
Posted 11:49 on 23 February 2012
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FantasyMeister

I think the only new title I've bought this year is Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, simply because my backlog is so crammed full of untouched triple-A titles that any more would be a waste. I still have the shrinkwrap on Batman: Arkham City and my 'yet to even unwrap' catalogue goes back as far as Gears of War 2. (Three and a half years if you're counting).

So obviously the blame lies squarely at the feet of Videogamer.com's Member of the Month system and overzealous distribution of Pride Box contents.




And Skyrim.
Posted 11:24 on 23 February 2012

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