New IPs are rarely big system sellers; despite the critical acclaim and relative gamer popularity, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune didn't really cause PlayStation 3 sales to surge.
However, we are now in a very different situation: the PS3 is down to $299, Blu-Ray has solidified its position as the accepted high-def video format, and the software library is a good deal larger. On top of which, people are now aware of the name "Uncharted," and advertising and promotion has been fairly heavy. In response to this, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter believes this is the game Sony has been waiting for; he said as much during a recent Bonus Round interview over at GameTrailers :
"I think it’s the game Sony always wanted and I think it’s been a long time since we’ve seen a 'Game of the Year' kind of game come out of Sony. So I think it matters and it’s got hardcore appeal…it’s a game changer for them, its coming out in a nice little window in October and it’s coming out right on the heels of the price cut. I think it keeps them ahead of Microsoft for a bit."
While some of you may be quick to point out Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots as last year's definite Game of the Year, we think Pachter was referring to first-party titles. Anyway, we have to agree with his assessment and provided Sony can continue to push the marketing campaign forward throughout the holiday season, Uncharted 2 could indeed have a significant impact on PS3 sales. Pachter believes it's capable of pushing "a couple of hundred thousand incremental boxes," and we're fairly certain that Sony would be happy with that result.
Related Game(s): Uncharted 2: Among Thieves