Batman: Arkham City Sees Massive Sales [Shipped Units], Lets 4.6 Million Players Put Henchmen in Comas [UPDATED]

Update: So get this: the press release regarding Batman: Arkham City’s sales is very much on the misleading side. These things are generally so pumped full of flowery, useless language that leading them all the way through is a waste of time, but this is a case when I should have been a little more on my game.

Here’s the exact quote from the release: “BURBANK, Calif. – October 25, 2011 –Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced that Batman: Arkham City™, the critically acclaimed videogame developed by Rocksteady Studios, has shipped more than 4.6 million units worldwide since its October 18 North American launch on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.”

Trouble is, the press release’s headline says “BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY WEEK ONE SALES TOP 4.6 MILLION UNITS WORLDWIDE.”

That’s what I get for trusting a publisher to release fair numbers. Thanks for making me look like a jackass, Warner Bros. The original story appears below, with a few strike-throughs for accuracy.

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Rocksteady’s open-world bad-guy pummeling extravaganza Batman: Arkham City might be the best-selling shipping game so far this year, raking in 4.6 million first-week sales shipped units on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. And the PC version isn’t even out yet.

By way of comparison, Gears of War 3 (with only an Xbox 360 release) pulled down 3 million sales, and we heard a while back that L.A. Noire had shipped 4 million units — not the same as sales. It also has a PC version due out in the next month. Deus Ex: Human Revolution was responsible for about 2 million sales across all three platforms.

Meanwhile, DICE and Electronic Arts are reporting Battlefield 3 had “close to” 3 million presales for its launch today.

We’re still waiting on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, the full week-one sales for Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic. But at least for a few days, Batman gets to stand atop the mountain of unconscious and bloody contenders copies of the game that may or may not still be sitting on store shelves and reign supreme.

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1 Comment on Batman: Arkham City Sees Massive Sales [Shipped Units], Lets 4.6 Million Players Put Henchmen in Comas [UPDATED]

Garyn Dakari

On October 25, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Yay for Batman!

Now I will continue to wait for the PC version….