Killzone 3 Sells 500k Units in Week One, Down from Killzone 2

Will there be another PS3 Killzone game? We still don’t know, and that future is less certain than ever right now. VGChartz says Killzone 3 sold 500,000 copies worldwide in its first week on the market, which isn’t shabby, really. It is, however, a third fewer copies than Killzone 2 sold in its first week.

There’s no telling, at least outside of Sony, what mark the game would need to hit to get a sequel rolling. Killzone 2 sold somewhere in the area of 2.5 million copies total against a budget rumored to have been as high as 42 million euro, which likely provided a healthy profit margin for Sony. I would expect Sony’ll want at least a similar margin this time as well if they’re to put another one out.

The X factor is the Killzone NGP game and how well KZ3 holds up over the coming weeks. It released against the multi-platform FPS Bulletstorm (which probably took a bite out of sales), and now that Black Ops First Strike is out on PS3 it won’t face any new serious shooter competition for a couple weeks, and I don’t think Homefront and Crysis 2 will be strong enough releases to do it too much damage if it manages to build some momentum.

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1 Comment on Killzone 3 Sells 500k Units in Week One, Down from Killzone 2

Matthew

On March 4, 2011 at 3:18 am

As much as I liked Killzone 3, I kind of hope it’s the last, at least from Guerrilla Games. I’d love to see what they can do given the opportunity to make something brand new.