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Analyst – Prototype 2 will “struggle to reach 500,000 units” its first year in the US

Tuesday, 17 April 2012 17:43 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Cowen and Company analyst Doug Creutz has deduced Prototype 2 will “struggle” to sell 500,000 units in the US during its first year on the market, predicting the title will see a “soft performance” compared to sales of the original title. Creutz noted the game has yet to break Amazon’s top 100 selling games charts, which was “typically a bad sign for actual sales.” The firm originally expected the title to “slightly exceed” the 900,000 units Prototype 1 sold in the US during its first year. Prototype 2 releases worldwide, next week, on April 24 for PS3 and Xbox 360. The PC version is expected on July 24. Thanks, Gamasutra.

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31 Comments

  1. LOLshock94

    so true

    #1 3 years ago
  2. AHA-Lambda

    I’m surprised prototype 2 warranted the attention of analysts tbh =/

    although i think he is right which is weird cos the first one actually sold quite well. But ATVI is expecting something f*cking stupid like 5m copies for this O_o

    #2 3 years ago
  3. fearmonkey

    And that will be a shame as I loved the first one, but admittedly not too crazy about the story in this next one. I wanted to continue being Alex, as they invested me in his character. Now, I want to kill him? I’m sorry but that is a real turn off if you enjoyed the first game.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. ManuOtaku

    Wake me when one of the analysts get his/her prediction/s right, i got the feeling even with this “shoot to the floor”, and i mean like a sure hit how someone can miss a shoot to the floor, i think they will miss it.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. AHA-Lambda

    @3 – agreed.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Phoenixblight

    @3

    Especially since they went with making a character that is more “emotional” than Alex. I don’t want a pussified character because people didn’t like the Alex.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Maximum Payne

    And last year was head to head with Infamous and still sold solid.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. K-V-C

    yea a lot of people like on youtube you will see them complaining about how activision are releasing trailers of how awesome is gonna be and you pretty much do all the stuff shown in the trailer in the first prototype lol

    #8 3 years ago
  9. OrbitMonkey

    *Ali G voice*

    Is it cuz the main character is black?

    #9 3 years ago
  10. pukem0n

    main character will propably end up teaming up with Alex anyway, and Alex will be playable.
    otherwise this will fail :(

    loved the first one though, hope this will be a good game

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Gigabomber

    I guess you haven’t been watching the videos: the game looks fantastic.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. DSB

    The game does look really good. If it’s as good as the latest videos suggest, then I think it’s going to go over 500k. It’s not gonna be 5 million total, but it’s going to hit the 2 mil worldwide.

    @6 Wait, what? Alex was about as pussified as they come in my opinion. The new guy looks pretty butch.

    Granted I haven’t been following the story and I can’t say I care all that much. It was just noise in between destroying stuff in the first one.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Phoenixblight

    @12

    There was an article saying that that people thought ALex was too much of a dick so they made a character that would be “more emotional” ie pussified so if you though ALex was already pretty wimpy well then then the developer has made the new character even further weaker.

    The live action character or the cgi characters do no represent the actual character in game.

    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-02-16-prototype-dev-gamers-thought-alex-mercer-was-a-d-k

    #13 3 years ago
  14. OrbitMonkey

    All this “oh snap, teh main character has emotions now!! May as well give him a vagina!!” is a bit daft.

    The guys had his family killed, I’m betting he’s main emotions will be remorse and rage. Kinda like Batman. You calling Batman a pussy?

    #14 3 years ago
  15. TheWulf

    @6

    I don’t know, emotional motivation can be a wonderful thing when it’s done right. Also, not being an emotionless automaton doesn’t make you a ‘wuss,’ what it does do is actually give you the intelligence to process emotions. Higher emotions are the sign of a well-developed individual, usually when retardation occurs, it’s emotional retardation before intellectual retardation, because emotions are harder for the brain to get right.

    Thus, a more emotional character is often a more intelligent one, and this has held true throughout the history of storytelling. The emotionless automatons that you favour tend to bore me to tears. I like seeing someone who has an emotional investment in something, a person who’s flawed (rather than simply sociopathic/psychopathic), yet actually still a person at the same time.

    I mean, I liked the original Prototype a lot, and I got what they were trying to do with the character. But I’d be the first to say that there wasn’t really a “character” there. It was just a virus walking around and doing a half-arsed job at simulating a person. It really wasn’t very good at it. But hey, the virus has evolved, so perhaps we’ll get a character that can actually string a line of thoughts together this time.

    Or perhaps not. We shall see.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. TheWulf

    @14

    I feel that they would, yes.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. TheWulf

    @12

    Wait… a murderous virus emulating a geek for shits and giggles is a wimp? (I’m not going to use the word that you used because–hey!–there’s at least one gamer alive who isn’t a raging misogynist. Getting a bit sick of seeing that, frankly.)

    Not sure what to say to that. You must have incredibly high standards for what isn’t wimpy. That or you’re just hot air.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Phoenixblight

    @14

    I like Kain over Raziel. Edios went through the same thing People that played Legacy of Kain didn’t like Kain because he was a dick so they went and created Raziel. Kain is far more of a bad ass than Raziel ever was or will be. This is just a preference thing.

    BTW I would say Batman is/was emo before emo was cool.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. YoungZer0

    @3:

    Lol, Alex Mercer had a character? Didn’t notice.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Maximum Payne

    @18 I agree with Kain but Batman emo ? That shit doesn’t make sense.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. lexph3re

    really didn’t like Alex or prototype 1 in the first place. Probably won’t like this one. I got a thing about interpretations of black/african american characters. If their not thugs their patriot’s never vague. If it had a character personality like Afro Samurai I would love that. But then again apparently the vast majority of gamer’s don’t tend to “relate” to black characters(biggest bullshit I heard in a debate before).

    #21 3 years ago
  22. DSB

    @15 I figured you’d relate to the pussy.

    You seem to confuse an actual complex of emotions with overplayed, cheap empathy/helplessness/one of the other attributes that belong in a teenage vampire movie. If a person only represents one extreme of that spectrum, then they have more in common with the mentally ill, than with the genius. Or the average individual, for that matter.

    Why every protagonist would somehow have to be intelligent is beyond me. Weren’t you lauding the fact that you could be an idiot in Fallout 2? Are you confused or do you just come up with bullshit standards like that to suit whatever argument you’re making in the next 30 seconds?

    I know you like to keep things awfully one-dimensional according to your own bizarre preferences, but personally I’m glad that most people who actually make fiction don’t play to that kind of obsessive and shortsighted mentality.

    @13 Hmmm, I just thought he was a bit of a wimp.

    I don’t see how this guy is being set up to be a unicorn-riding pacifist though.

    “He then goes on a revenge-fuelled rampage in an attempt to uncover the truth behind the catastrophe.”

    Sounds to me like he’s going to be likeable in the Max Payne understanding of the word more than anything else.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. G1GAHURTZ

    I couldn’t care less how many other people buy it, because I had loads of fun with the first one, and this is currently down as a day 1 purchase for me, barring rock bottom reviews.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. G1GAHURTZ

    Looks hype!

    http://www.gametrailers.com/video/exclusive-base-prototype-2/729207?

    #24 3 years ago
  25. DSB

    @24 Goddamn, that does look amazing.

    If it delivers on that, I have a very hard time seeing how it can stay below half a mil.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. OrbitMonkey

    Looks decent, PS3 footage as well… Never played the origional, have the graphics improved much?

    #26 3 years ago
  27. freedoms_stain

    Prototype had some of the most fun traversal system I’ve ever played in a sandbox game even if the game was really repetitive and the AI complete shite.

    One thing that held Infamous back from being quite as fun was that moving around was nowhere near as fun (or fast).

    #27 3 years ago
  28. lexph3re

    I don’t like the video, I think i’ll pass on d1b. It looks like wolverine origins with tentacles. I think 30 would be a good price to buy this at.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Evilone555

    After reading this article I had to check Amazon’s top 100, and P2 is #69 and has been on the top 100 for 2 days now.

    I’ve only seen the one review from CVG:

    http://www.computerandvideogames.com/343967/first-prototype-2-review-is-pleasant-surprise-an-open-world-gem/

    86% is not bad, I hope it does as well with the rest of the critics.

    After the barrage of recently disappointing titles, I really hope this one shines. Regardless, at least the Witcher 2 came out today for the 360.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. G1GAHURTZ

    Another mag has given it an 85 according to Metacritic.

    Very interesting summary, too: “The game that I didn’t really look forward to turned out to be an extremely absorbing and satisfying experience. The longer I played, the closer I was sitting to the TV and the tighter I was clutching my gamepad.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. Christopher Jack

    Well I’m personally intrigued by this sequel, I’d like to see a more in-depth reason to why Alex has supposedly turned evil (although he never really was a good guy, starting the outbreak & all that crud).

    #31 3 years ago

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    Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a 2.5D isometric RPG, built in the vein of Baldur’s Gate and Dragon Age in the works at Withing Hour Studios. The game allows the player to pause combat to plan party tactics. “Set in the Venetian-inspired fantasy city of Ombre where rare masks are the key to casting magic, […]

  • Underworld Ascendant surpasses Kickstarter goal

    Underworld Ascendant which was launched on Kickstarter earlier this month, has met its  $600,000 funding goal. With six days left 10,786 backers pledged $610,541 In light of being funded, the team has also switched up the stretch goals as bit, as you can see in the image below. The studio, OtherSide Entertainment, is fronted by Paul Neurath, […]

  • Latest Evolve patch fixes progress and save game data loss on Xbox One

    A patch for Evolve has been released on Xbox One which fixes lost progress and save game data users had reported. The patch also fixes an issue with shadows and flashlight, makes incremental improvements to matchmaking, invites, and rejoining, and there were progressions balance changes. “The issue with lost progress and saved games was mostly […]

  • Online servers for Ridge Racer Unbounded shut down in Europe

    Online functionality for Ridge Racer Unbounded is no longer available, Namco Bandai Europe has announced. Solo mode and the track editor are still playable, minus the sharing options. Ridge Racer Unbounded was released on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March 2013. Thanks, MCV.

  • OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title on 3DS and Wii U

    Curve Digital has announced OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title when it releases on 3DS and Wii U. The Roll7 title will be the first third-party title to offer the functionality on the systems. OllliOlli will be released on the eShop March 5 The game launches on Nintendo’s eShop on March 5th, followed by Xbox […]

  • Darkbeast electrifies latest Bloodborne video

    The latest Bloodborne video shows off another monster in the game. This one is Darkbeast and he’s full of electricity. The video is the last of IGN’s month-long coverage of the title.

  • Future Assassin’s Creed games will have greater focus on modern timeline

    Ubisoft plans to focus more on modern timelines in future Assassin’s Creed games, the company suggested during its latest community livestream. During the Twitch stream, one of the lead writers for the Assassin’s Creed series, Darby McDevitt, said the modern timeline for Brotherhood’s town of Monteriggioni could inspire future development. “That only came about because […]

  • Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 is coming to Xbox One next month

    Halfbrick has announced Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 for Xbox One will release next month. The mobile title made its way onto Xbox 360 garnering 1 million downloads as of March 2012. It has a new multiplayer mode for up to four players with Battle and Party modes along with a new progression system. An announcement […]

  • New GTA 5 PC screens – shit the bed!

    Rockstar has pumped out 15 new screens for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5. Don’t touch them, because they’re electric. And if you touch them, you’ll get shocked. The PC version of GTA 5 has been delayed until April 14, which both sucks and blows. BUT! There’s a new trailer coming between now […]

  • Sony Japan accidentally erases 20th Anniversary PS4 contest entries

    Sony Japan has accidentally erased all information obtained from PlayStation owners who entered to win a 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4. Those who purchased PlayStation 3, PS4, Vita or Vita TV between December 4 – January 15 were handed a calendar with a code which entered them into the contest. Somehow, all data collected from the […]

  • Hearthstone datamine suggests Blackrock Mountain expansion on the way

    Hearthstone’s next update may be based on World of Warcraft’s Molten Core raid, if datamined information posted on Hearthpwn is spot-on. According to files mined from the latest patch, three new cosmetic card backs are on the way, one of which is called Molten Core. The data suggests that pre-ordering the Blackrock Mountain expansion will […]

  • Using Battlefield Hardline single-player gadgets increases your metagame rewards

    Gadgets contained in Battlefield Hardline’s campaign mode have been detailed, and each provides the player with various ways in which to solve crimes. According to design director Scott Warner, one way to “diffuse” a conflict when confronted with criminal activity is to flash your badge and ordering the criminal to freeze. Putting your gun on […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video is all about story mode, new characters

    After promising a new Mortal Kombat X reveal “soon”, NetherRealm Studios has made good on said promise by releasing the story trailer. The video shows parts of the story mode featuring Mileena, which takes place 25 years after the events of 2011′s Mortal Kombat. Outworld has become a larger threat and new fighters joining the […]

  • Destiny’s shotgun and pulse rifle buffs mean it’s time to rethink your load-out

    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

    We have 10 download codes for new indie puzzler Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One to give away. The be in with a chance of winning a code, just enter your details below and we’ll pull the winners from the hat on Monday March 2nd, after 2pm GMT. Pneuma: Breath of Life is a […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]