Rockstar Games Max Payne 3 and Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon: Future Solider might have released to positive reviews from critics and fans alike, but both games still underperformed in sales in the U.S market in May, the month they both launched. The third-person shooters only managing to sell slightly over 400,000 units each according to NPD figures.
Max Payne 3 sold 440,000 copies of the 3 million Rockstar shipped, which is well below what the publisher was expecting after such an intense marketing campaign. According to Cowen analyst Doug Creutz’s estimates, he expected the game to reach the 600,000 figure in May alone, with Future Solider selling just above 400,000.
Analyst Michael Pachter took to Twitter to express what he thought of Max Payne’s lackluster sales:
So much for the May launch window: Max Payne 3 a flop, according to NPD; can’t believe Rockstar put off releasing GTA to work on that game.
Without divulging too much NPD goodness, I can tell you that Max Payne 3 sales were less than 50% of L.A. Noire’s. 8 years in development!
Both games were still the best-selling console titles at retail for the month of May, behind only Diablo 3, topping the sales chart across all platforms, with 1 million units sold. The NPD figures however, do not account for digital downloads, add-ons, microtransaction, subscriptions, and mobile app sales for the games. All together video game sales earned $335.2 million, marking a 16% decrease compared to figures last year.
Below is the full NPD sales list for the month of May:
- Diablo III (PC)
- Max Payne 3 (360, PS3, PC)
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (360, PS3)
- Prototype 2 (360, PS3)
- NBA 2K12 (360, PS3, Wii, PSP, PS2, PC)
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (360, PS3, Wii, PC)
- Sniper Elite V2 (360, PS3)
- Battlefield 3 (360, PS3, PC)
- Dragon’s Dogma (360, PS3)
- Just Dance 3 (Wii, 360, PS3)