Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Battlefield 4 see Huge Decline in Opening Week Sales
Two of this year’s biggest games, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Battlefield 4 have seen a huge decline in opening week sales compared to their predecessors Assassin’s Creed 3 and Battlefield 3 respectively. MCV reported that sales of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag were down 60 per cent on last year’s Assassin’s Creed 3, while sales of Battlefield 4 had fared even worse, falling 69 per cent compared to 2011′s Battlefield 3. The site also reported that sales of FIFA 14 were down 24 percent on FIFA 13, and Call of Duty: Ghosts sales are also expected to be less than 2012′s Black Ops 2.
The drop in sales can be contributed mainly to the release of next-gen consoles which are due to launch later this month. With all the above games being available on both Xbox One and PS4, many gamers are likely to have waited to grab their copies of said games on their next-gen consoles, especially if they plan on making current-gen consoles redundant in their households. However with next-gen consoles setting gamers back at least £350, there may not be enough cash to buy all the latest games which gamers would have done if they didn’t need to fork out for a new console. Therefore it is hard to predict whether combined sales between all platforms will meet those of previous releases, even when next-gen consoles arrive.
Dorian Bloch, director at GfK Chart-Track told MCV: “We’ve never had two must-have consoles launched so close together, The unquantifiable question is, how many consumers are waiting on these franchises for a few more weeks?”
“How many PS4s and Xbox Ones will have sold by Christmas? I would say, let the dust settle on 2013 and then we will know more.”
It comes as no surprise that console game sales have all seen a considerable dip, but I fully expect it to be down to the next-gen being just around the corner. If GTA V had been announced for Xbox One and PS4, then I would have expected sales to not have been as high as they were at launch. But the fact games such as Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag are release titles for Xbox One and PS4, expect the gap between this year and last year sales to diminish somewhat.