No matter how great a game is, disappointing sales are a killer.

But Irrational Games and publisher 2K shouldn't have to worry about Bioshock Infinite . Not only is it an established franchise and a recognizable name, but it's fully expected to be one of the best games of 2012. And on the strength of these factors – along with the ever-building hype – one analyst believes the hotly anticipated title could hit nearly 5 million units shipped. In a note to investors , Janco Partners' Mike Hickey believes the upcoming Bioshock entry will ship 4.9 million copies and generate $221 million in sales. For the record, Bioshock 2 shipped 3 million units (as of March 2010). We always like to see top-quality games draw the attention of so many gamers; here's hoping these estimates are accurate.

Not many multiplatform franchises can boast of such numbers; maybe Bioshock can enter the elite 5 million+ club. Current members include Call of Duty , Assassin's Creed , Battlefield , Grand Theft Auto , Gran Turismo , Final Fantasy …yeah, you get the picture. Big-time company right there.

Related Game(s): Bioshock Infinite

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Drake_RB3
Drake_RB3
9 years ago

The E3 coverage blew me away, so I'm definitely picking this up. Didn't play the previous 2 but this looks like a stand alone story and the first game is included I hear.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

the footage was impressive. i have no doubt it will be a big seller. i know they aren't that popular but these analysts are pretty good at what they do. for example on cvg they will have the monthly console sales forecastrs in na by eedar/wedbush before the npd numbers come out and they usually nail the forecast. i don't know if they are leaking npd's numbers or they are just psychic. apparently they know their stuff.


Last edited by Excelsior1 on 8/13/2011 11:54:11 AM

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
9 years ago

One of the only FPS I can enjoy, seems the series is taking a much needed new direction, very curious cant wait to play it.

dso8515
dso8515
9 years ago

When was Gran Turismo ever multiplatform?

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

it wasnt but he also is not saying that it was. the statement that he made is gran turismo is in the 5 mil+ club.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

Don't worry dso8515, I had to read that part twice too. 🙂

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

It's not, and how I took it was GT5 is in the 5 million sales club.

To be picky, it's actually in the 6 million sales club.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

It'll be well deserved, and I can definitely see it happening. It's already looking like one of the best of next year and if Irrational can deliver a more intriguing tale than what was found in the original game, which they seem to be doing, I'll be over the moon. 2K are throwing their weight behind it, so I hope this is the go.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

*head scratch* you didn't think the story in Bio1 was top notch? It's the best in an FPS I've ever encountered.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

No, you're just reading it the wrong way World. I fully agree, but things can ALWAYS get better.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Oh I see what you mean, I swear a very normal comment over the net could lead to nuclear war one day.

Danny007
Danny007
9 years ago

I agree with this analyst. No other Bioshock game has amazed me as much as Infinite.

PAKINIPS
PAKINIPS
9 years ago

Easily.
D1P
The Atmosphere of the first still hasn't left me

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I think that's probably right in line with what sales will be if a bit short. Infinite had a big showing at E3 and just dipping one's toe in the gamer pool tells you that anyone who even mildly enjoyed the last two masterpieces (Yes the second was not given enough credit) will be back and those who skipped the whole series look to want to give it a try.

Any who want to play the first two can get them cheap now and those who do will be forced by sheer awesomeness alone to buy Infinite. So yeah, 5 mil sounds good.

gray_eagle
gray_eagle
9 years ago

hopefully this wont be a disaster like Mafia 2

gangan19
gangan19
9 years ago

is bioshock 2 any good? im playing the first one and it started off really boring, but got into it to a part where im like oh this ain't too bad.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

You got problems man.

Teddie9
Teddie9
9 years ago

*shakes head* different tastes I guess…

gangan19
gangan19
9 years ago

no! lol, i like the game, it just started off a little to boring for me, it's a great game. Johnld said the second one was boring. I'm just looking for more opinions, but i didn't get any yet, except about me

Qwarktast1c
Qwarktast1c
9 years ago

bioshock 2 is good, but the first one is better. 2 is definitely better than the first in terms of combat, however the story is not as engaging…

___________
___________
9 years ago

waking up in the middle of the ocean with a plane on fire, and you not knowing what the hell just happened, then finding a underwater city.
thats a slow start?
dam, id hate to see fast one!

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

I share the view that both are good but the first was best.

The second feels much like "an excuse to return to the action", like a sequel to a movie that never was meant to be more than one. But then again it was not produced by Irrational either.

I am very happy about Irrational making an entirely new setting for the third game. And with the stuff they showed at E3, well, this game is more bankers than even ME3 right now.


Last edited by Beamboom on 8/14/2011 3:14:28 AM

___________
___________
9 years ago

im happy there doing a new setting, but i also wish they would do a new game set in rapture.
i cant say which one was better, each had parts that were better and parts which were worse.
the level design for instance in 2 is better, the combat is better, the weapons are better, but then the story, and overall feel of the game was better in the original.
2 priceless games, and 2 games EVERYONE should play!
id love to see ken work on a cop based game like stranglehold or max payne.
dunno why, just feels like it would suit him really well.

onyotix
onyotix
9 years ago

hey ben you forgot metal gear solid 4…as of august 2011, 5.25 millions sold worldwide, uncharted 2 got 4.72 millions sold as of 2011…just sayin

sirbob6
sirbob6
9 years ago

I am certain it will be good. However my FPS for 2012 will have to be Metro: Last Light. The game looks so bleak and depressing… and epic.

___________
___________
9 years ago

no sh*t Sherlock!
id expect infinite to sell at least 5M units.
hell look at LA Noire, a new IP, done by a new pulbisher, who has never made games before, and there aussie who are not exactly known for AAA games, in a new never before done genre.
if that can sell 4M units and its only been out for 3 months, then i think infinite, a game thats done by a well known publisher, in a famous series, in a famous genre, will kick its royal a$$!
not to mention LA Noire was only available for 360 and ps3 ATM, where infinites going to be available on all 3 platforms.
dunno if they have mentioned if the vita version is the same game or something different?
plus if they do a wiiU version.
should break 5M units easily!

Robochic
Robochic
9 years ago

I have always enjoyed bioshock and when i saw the footage from E3 I think I shat myself it was F'ing amazing. This is a first day buy for me 🙂

Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

Now that I can believe…

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Loved the first one, never even beat the second. The first Bioshock had me immersed. The second one never did that.