Typically, December isn't a huge month for video game releases, as the majority of heavy-hitting holiday titles arrive in October and November.

But there was one major game that launched in December 2012, and industry watcher Cowen & Company says it performed quite well. In an industry note to investors , analyst Doug Creutz predicts that Ubisoft's critically acclaimed Far Cry 3 sold 850,000 units.

However, the firm also expects another steep drop-off for the gaming industry as a whole, anticipating an overall sales slide of 21% with retail PC games taking an even steeper 51% dive. That being said, Creutz believes the industry will rebound in the next year as new consoles from both Sony and Microsoft are expected to hit store shelves in the second half of 2013. And you know, that usually spurs hardware sales of the "old" systems at that time, too, as the new expensive machines are in the public eye and prices of current consoles drop.

But it's good to see Far Cry 3 do well, 'cuz that game deserves success.

Related Game(s): Far Cry 3

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firesoul453
firesoul453
8 years ago

Money is tight. I know I bought way more throughout 2011 than though 2012. As the current rate I doubt I will even have as much to spend this year as I did in 2012.

I really want Far Cry 3, but there are too many other games tog et first.

PSN French
PSN French
8 years ago

I disagree with Creutz, this year may only see individual increases in games like Call of Duty, but over all there will be fewer game releases and an overall drop again in all sales. Fewer launch titles for future-gen consoles, means fewer people jumping the gap. Bargain gaming will become more common as several more studios close down. Sadly, I predict Team ICO will be one of the companies that will either merge into another team, or dissolve completely.

PSN French
PSN French
8 years ago

…the more successful studios will continue to support Microsoft's console leaving Sony to restructure… AGAIN!!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Seems logical, 2012 was actually pretty slim and saw many games get pushed into this year so it's no wonder the industry is down. The economy is steadily coming back and if the next few fights in congress don't put the full faith and credit of the US in the toilet again then the market should stay strong and purchases this year will be high.

If new consoles come this year they should do pretty well if backwards compatible, even if they aren't b/c the long console cycle this gen will mean many are ready for the changeover. Most think both will be $400, which is reasonable.

EA will pick up THQ, Final Fantasy Versus will get pushed into the next generation along with The Last Guardian, and gamers will look at Call of Duty on next gen hardware and be unimpressed.

Corvo
Corvo
8 years ago

You know what's funny about the CoD thing, is the other day i was watching this BF3 trolling thing. Where he would sneak up on campers and just think of what to do to them. After the video there was like 1 minute of what i thought was battlefield 1942, it turned out to be Black-Ops 2. It was funny because of how old the graphics looked compaired to BF3. Oh, epic avatar by the way. Kinda miss the bewbs though haha


Last edited by Corvo on 1/9/2013 4:02:22 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Yeah it doesn't look so bad if you're used to it or haven't played or looked at much else but when you compare it to just about anything else you see the difference big time and in the next gen people will be looking for something with more oomph.

With me there's always a chance for bewbs to return ūüôā

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8 years ago

we saw a massive decline simply because of 3 reasons.
1 99% of this years games were MASSIVE disappointments!
2 we dident see as many games as we normally do.
3 people are sick of current systems, and there sick of playing the same game over and over again!
and more so there sick of ploaying the same genre over and over again!
im hoping next gen will bring a MUCH needed shake up to this industry, otherwise its going to loose ALLOT of people!