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New ‘Gears Of War’, ‘God Of War’ Sequels Sell Poorly, Highlight Lame Duck Year In Console Gaming

Posted by on April 16, 2013 at 9:05 am
'Judgment' just wasn't enough.

‘Judgment’ just wasn’t enough.

According to Cowen & Company, the latest installments of Microsoft and Sony’s biggest franchises failed to impress. Selling less than a quarter and a third of their last games respectively, Gears of War Judgment and God of War: Ascension seem to highlight a low-ball commitment from the two platform holders to their current generation of consoles as new consoles loom over the holiday end of the calendar-something they must’ve learned from Nintendo.

I was asked recently if a friend of a friend should pick up an Xbox 360 and I said “yeah, so long as they’re not interested in new releases”, which, if they’ve waited this long to get a console, probably isn’t a priority. 2013 is the transitionary year in which we recollect on our time with the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 almost as if they were artifacts of the past. Despite launching a year apart, both have acquired an incredible backlog of games, both in disc-form and digitally. Gears of War debuted opposite the PlayStation 3’s release while God of War 3 was the series’ only other entry on the new platform.

We still don’t know much about the PlayStation 4 and we know far less about the next Xbox, but with their inevitable release this November, I have to wonder if BioShock Infinite be this generation’s last hurrah.

Source: GamesIndustry

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