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.