God of War: A Sales History - NewsWilliam D'Angelo , posted on 02 May 2012 / 36,306 Views
Welcome to this week’s edition of “A Sales History.” This week we will be taking a look at the sales history of the Sony platform exclusive God of War franchise. Last week we looked at sales of the mainline Grand Theft Auto games and the week before that Mass Effect. If there is a particular franchise (no matter how obscure) you want to see the sales history for, requests are always welcome.
The God of War franchise is a hack and slash style video game and is based around Greek Mythology. God of War I, II, and III, the main trilogy, was developed by the Santa Monica division for Sony Computer Entertainment, while the PSP installments were developed by Ready at Down Studios.
As you can see from the graph above, the God of War franchise has for the most part steady sales from the PlayStation 2 to the PlayStation 3 despite the drop in hardware sales between the two platforms. God of War II sold slightly less than the original, but the third game in the main trilogy increased sales over the first two. The God of War Collection contains the first two games in the series. The first PSP game Chains of Olympus sold comparably to the home console versions, however sales of Ghost of Sparta has not lived up to the sales of the other games.
In the chart above, the God of War franchise has achieved lifetime to date sales of 18.29 million. The main trilogy is the three bestselling games in the franchise with combined sales of 11.95 million and if you count the PlayStation 3 collection of the first two games it is 14.42 million.
If you take a look at the ratio of sales of each game to the number of consoles sold for the platform they are on, more PlayStation 3 owners have purchased God of War games. One in 15 PlayStation 3 owners has purchased God of War III and one in 26 has purchased the God of War Collection. Taking a look at the PlayStation 2 games, one in 39 bought the original God of War, while one in 42 bought God of War II. One in 24 PSP owners have bought God of War: Chains of Olympus and one in 93 bought God of War: Ghost of Sparta.
Looking at the overall sales of the franchise the PlayStation 2 has the biggest piece of the pie with 42 percent of sales for the God of War franchise, with sales reaching 7.61 million. The PlayStation 3 is just behind it with 37 percent of the sales and 6.81 million units sold. PlayStation 3 God of War sales are most likely going to pass the PlayStation 2 with the release of God of War: Ascension in Spring 2013. PSP sales lag behind with 3.87 million units sold and 21 percent of the sales.
Predictions for Future Releases
God of War: Ascension was officially announced on April 19 via trailer and is a prequel to the main trilogy. The game will be released exclusively on the PlayStation 3 in Spring 2013. God of War III sold 1.23 million units in its opening week in March 2010. There were also 35.02 million PlayStation 3s sold at that time. Expect Ascension to have a bigger opening with PlayStation 3 sales to be a little more than double what they were when God of War III launched. However expect sales to also drop off a lot quicker. Sales will most likely be between 1.3 million and 1.5 million worldwide for its launch. The game will likely sell around 3.5 million units by the end of 2013 and four million lifetime, however it depends if the PlayStation 4 is released during the holiday 2013.