Although it seems clear that Guitar Hero continues to win the battle of the bands with Rock Band , Viacom is mostly satisfied with Rock Band 2 's performance thus far.
According to Gamasutra , Viacom has said during its fourth quarter earnings report that Rock Band 2 sales have passed 2 million since the game's launch last Septemeber. Now, they did say that's a lower-than-expected number, but they attribute this to the dropping economy during the latter part of 2008. Even so, the game's success helped the company to an increase in full-year revenues for its Media Networks segments; it rose 8% to $8.76 billion. This increase in revenue was one of the few highlights of this earnings call, though, as Viacom reported an overall 69% drop in profits for the fourth quarter "due to weak advertising sales from its cable channels and declining filmed-entertainment revenues." If Rock Band 2 had managed to snag more of the market away from the fully entrenched Guitar Hero , things might've been a little better, but there's no doubt that Rock Band is a success. Maybe it can whittle a little more away from Guitar Hero 's lead with the next entry. Who doesn't want to see Rock Band 3 ?
Nobody is about to say that 2 million in sales is bad, but considering the explosion of the music genre in the industry, it's no surprise that Viacom was expecting more.
Related Game(s): Rock Band 2