EA, in conference call today revealed some of their sales figures for the last quarter of 2008.
Valve’s zombie-tastic co-op shooter Left 4 Dead has managed to sell 1.8 million retail copies on PC and Xbox 360. Naturally, this excludes copies of the game sold through Valve’s own Steam service. Rock Band 2, MTV Games’ second venture in to the lucrative rhythm game genre shifted just under 2 million units – this despite a staggered release and lack of a global release.
More refreshing though, is the performance of EA’s original IP’s – Both Dead Space and Mirror’s Edge have managed to move over a million units each. While neither of them were terribly innovative, they showed initiative for a publisher that’s known for milking cash cows. I played both of them last year, and enjoyed them both thoroughly. Hopefully their financial success lead EA to taking more risks on interesting ideas.
There is, of course, a reason EA keeps churning out yearly updates to its franchises; Fifa 2009 – much to Peter Moore’s delight – sold over 7.8 million copies. Granted, it was a major improvement over last years effort, even causing some die-hard Pro Evo fans to migrate. Keep it up, EA. Keep it up.
Source : Kotaku
Last Updated: February 4, 2009