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XBLA Summer Of Arcade 2012 Underperforms

Jonathan Lester
Dust: An Elysian Tail, Hybrid, Microsoft, Summer of Arcade, Wreckateer, XBLA, Xbox 360 games

XBLA Summer Of Arcade 2012 Underperforms

According to recent sales figures, even the phenomenally brilliant Dust: An Elysian Tail wasn't able to stop the latest Summer Of Arcade promotion clocking up some uninspiring numbers. Wreckateer, in particular, has become the least successful Summer Of Arcade title since records began... in the least successful Summer Of Arcade since records began.

As reported by Gamasutra [via Eurogamer], Kinect-enabled artillery game Wreckateer only managed to attract a miserable 6629 buyers in the first week, making it the least popular Summer Of Arcade game since the annual promotion began in 2007. For the record, we actually rather enjoyed it, but it's Kinect-only controls meant that only a small fraction of the XBLA community are able to play it - an odd choice for the promotion. That said, Fruit Ninja Kinect sold very well indeed in 2011.

Hybrid, the functional online shooter from 5th Cell (of Scribblenauts fame) also fared poorly. The solid yet uninspiring proposition posted sales of 12,168 players in week one, 8150 gamers in week two and a paltry 2654 in its third. For a game that needs a thriving player base to survive, these numbers must be extremely worrying to 5th Cell.

The most successful Summer Of Arcade title proved to be the woeful Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD, which suckered and betrayed loyal fans into garnered 98,000 first week sales, followed by 53,000 sales for Deadlight and 32,000 for Dust: An Elysian Tail. These numbers are already being dwarfed on the best-selling lists by the likes of Counter-Strike GO and Rock Band Blitz (the latter of which is erroneously listed as the best selling XBLA game of all time due to the 5700+ DLC songs library, purchased mainly for Rock Band 3, being factored into the tally).

What do these figures tell us? Most obviously, it's clear that not enough of you are buying Dust: An Elysian Tail - which we described as "exquisite" in our 9/10 review. However, it also suggests that Microsoft simply picked the wrong games for the promotion - strangely including both an online-only shooter and a Kinect-only game. To put these figures in perspective, Counter-Strike: GO has reported first week sales of over 145,000.

Did you get involved in this year's Summer Of Arcade?

Add a comment5 comments
ODB_69  Sep. 7, 2012 at 19:43

The line up was so weak it's not surprising. TH:HD was the pick of the bunch but most realised it had been bastardised so didn't buy.

DivideByZero  Sep. 7, 2012 at 20:49

Genuine question.... how has it been bastardised? I bought it (on PS3 to keep it real) and I have only played the 1st level but it's great. Aside from some dodgy music I would say it's fine. Am I missing something?

ODB_69  Sep. 7, 2012 at 21:56

You need to take a look at the review here mate, DLC greed ruining things again


Last edited by ODB_69, Sep. 7, 2012 at 21:58
SPAMDOG  Sep. 7, 2012 at 23:34

Why do they do this every year? its pointless they bring out 5 games and your lucky if 2 out of the 5 are any good, add into this that they try to entice you to buy all 5 and save about 800 points after spending about 5000 on XBLA when you could get a retail game thats actually good for the same amount of money, How many people are going to drop Halo or COD to play a cheaper imitation, They should just stick with the weekly sales thats when I tend to spend my cash on XBLA.

ODB_69  Sep. 8, 2012 at 11:14

I was going to buy deadlight on fairness, until I read this - http://www.dealspwn.com/deadlight-review-dead-arrival-109174 so when your biggest 2 games get these low scores it shows you how bad things are


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