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?