Always quick to the doom and gloom train, the message boards of the interweb have been railing (pun!) on Sony's market performance for this past March 2009, as shown to us by the NPD Fungroup. The PlayStation 3 gained no momentum, despite Killzone 2 and MLB 09 being large sellers for the month – with MLB 09 even outselling Killzone 2 for the month.
The doom and gloom wasn't just hardware sales, but also for sales of Killzone 2, which a lot of people don't realize already charted the top 10 for February's NPD, despite only being on the market for two days before retail tracking ended for the month. Killzone 2's combined American sales of over 620k games in a five week span is nothing to scoff at, considering the game is already well above one million worldwide.
Kotaku contacted Sony's Senior Director of Corporate Communications, Patrick Seybold, and this is the response they were given:
“We've got a confident plan ahead and have many cards yet to deal, so consumers can rest assured there's a lot to look forward to from PlayStation this new fiscal year. The best part of what PlayStation has to offer this year is a relentless string of AAA games. We've lined up mass entertainment appeal from the hard core gamer who can't wait to get their hands on a game like MAG, the industry's first 256-player shooter, to the casual gamer who wants to take their RockBand skills on the road via the PSP," he stated.
"We're also seeing exciting preliminary numbers for PlayStation 2 with the recent price cut and we couldn't be more pleased with the continued entertainment value and gameplay the platform provides even in its ninth year."
There is no question that Sony has the best lineup of software planned for their brands this year, but we still feel as if the gamer needs a financial incentive to pick up a PlayStation 3, and by that we mean a price-drop.
Related Game(s): Killzone 2