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Break-Out Sales Surprise of 2016

Break-Out Sales Surprise of 2016 - Article

by Craig Snow , posted on 12 January 2017 / 7,924 Views

Break-out Sales Surprise is always one of the more enjoyable awards to decide upon each year. Many users on the site, including staff, like to follow our software sales estimates over the course of the year and often a handful of titles really break expectations and stand out in that respect.

This year the long list of titles for this award really divided into two categories: the first were titles that were expected to sell multiple millions, and duly did, but went above and beyond even the highest of estimates (e.g. Pokémon Sun & Moon and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End). The second were titles with much more modest ambitions that pleasantly surprised with their performances. We included both sets of games for voting and both the community and staff felt that it was the latter group of titles that really deserved to be the focal point of the award and so in future we will gear the longlist more towards such titles.


The Shortlist:

Ratchet & Clank


Minecraft WiiU


Farming Simulator 17

No Man's Sky

The Winner:

Farming Simulator 17

Farming Simulator has always pushed decent figures on PC, but this year not only did it perform really well on PC both at retail and digitally, it also started to really make its presence felt on consoles as well. With combined sell-through at over 1 million copies in its first month of release, Farming Simulator 17 is selling twice as fast as its predecessor and is on track to become the best-selling entry in series history. These milestones helped make it our Break-out Sales Surprise of 2016.

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flashfire926 (on 12 January 2017)

Well deserved. ratchet 1was my first game ever back in 2007, so I got the reboot day one

Goodnightmoon (on 12 January 2017)

The winner is Farming Simulator though.

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flashfire926 (on 12 January 2017)

Oh no impatient me, the first picture in article was Ratchet so I just assumed it was the winner

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KazumaKiryu (on 12 January 2017)

This Ratchet & Clank Game is really awesome :) for me, the best ratchet-game.

FunFan (on 12 January 2017)

Up Your Arsenal maybe

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Rob5VGC (on 12 January 2017)

What are your thoughts on Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth?

mjk45 (on 12 January 2017)

To me the game its self exceeded expectations more so than than what it sold

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okr (on 14 January 2017)

The clear winner in this cateogry is Stardew Valley but it wasn't even nominated...

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flashfire926 (on 12 January 2017)

What about forza horizon 3

DaveTheMinion13 (on 12 January 2017)

What did it sell?

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Flilix (on 12 January 2017)

It sold 1.2 million copies, so it will definitely surpass FH2 and probably FH1 too, but it didn't sell much more than expected.

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shikamaru317 (on 12 January 2017)

I don't think it's sales surprised anyone really. FH2 sales exceed FH1, so most people expected FH3 to surpass FH2, especially after the fantastic reviews it got.

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