Analyst: Injustice: Gods Among Us sales hit 424,000 in US

Cowen & Company industry watcher believes brawler the only new release to sell more than 250k units in April; industry expected to turn positive beginning in August with Madden.

NetherRealm's DC Comics brawler Injustice: Gods Among Us sold around 424,000 units in the United States last month, according to research firm Cowen & Company. The financial services company believes the game was April's only new release to sell more than 250,000 units.

Other high-profile titles launching to retail in April included Defiance, Dead Island: Riptide, Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Research firm NPD Group will release April US industry sales after market close Thursday and it's expected to be another month of declines, according to Cowen & Company.

The firm believes year-over-year software sales will slide 14 percent, due in part to a negative impact by Easter falling in March this year. Overall, total packaged game sales are expected to fall 13 percent, Cowen & Company believes.

The major publishers will all see declines, with the exception of take-Two Interactive, Cowen & Company said. Activision (-25 percent) and Electronic Arts (-32 percent) will suffer, while Take-Two is expected to be up 51 percent year-over-year thanks to "continued solid sales" of BioShock Infinite, which released in March.

The industry may be hurting right now, but Cowen & Company believes the trend will turn positive beginning in August with Madden NFL 25. Growth will then began to balloon in September and October thanks to high-profile blockbusters Grand Theft Auto V and Battlefield 4.

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tightwad34
tightwad34

So I take it the game is successful? Square Enix would go bankrupt with these sales numbers. Sheesh, pull your head out of your ass, Square.

snkcapcom411
snkcapcom411

Being a fighting game veteran, I had my doubts about "Injustice: Gods Among Us" due to the bad taste left in my mouth from "Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe". So I dowloaded the demo on PS3. I was pleaseantly surprised. The game is actually good. I had been spending time playing Tekken Tag 2, DOA5, VF5: Final Showdown, KOF XIII, Skullgirls, Persona 4 Arena, SF X T, UMVC3, SSFIV: Arcade Edition and Darkstalkers: Resurrection. I put a few of these aside after I bought the Wii U version of "Injustice: Gods Among Us". I am having a blast with the game so far. But going by Ed Boon's track record, a complete edition of the game is looming. I just wish the game had more characters like Black Manta, Samurai, Cheetah, Gorilla Grod, Mr. Freeze or Captain Cold, Apache Chief, Giganta, Toy Man, the insane Malhavoc, Bizzarro, Brainiac, Scarecrow, Mxyzplyk, Firestorm, Adam West Batman, Penguin, Two Face, Riddler, Man-Bat, Black Vulcan, Hawkman. I think Black Manta, Bizzarro, Scarecrow, Man-Bat, Gorilla Grod, Brainiac, Firestorm, Adam West Batman and Malhavoc would have been really cool.

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

It makes sense for this to have the best sales out of the games they brought up, as the others are either DLC versions, half sequels, or Defiance.  Regardless, this game is pretty fun so it's cool to see it selling. 

adroge1
adroge1

I think a lot of people are waiting for the Komplete edition to be released, or until the game is cheap enough so that all DLC + game = $60.

The_Shadow_Link
The_Shadow_Link

Injustice Sales are low it appears. Not suprising though, considering the game feels incomplete, with the DLC Characters essentially being made before hand and got cut from it just to e sold as "DLC" later. Lobo, Batgirl, Zod and Scorpion, that's what the disc says who the DLC Characters are. If your going to pull stuff like that. You should expect low sales.

Injustice was hugely disappointing. Tiny Roster missing classic characters like Martian Manhunter, Darksied,  Zatanna and Black Canary. A Story mode that's only 3 hours long and full off plot holes and a terrible ending. Plus the whole fighting engine feels like a reskinned Mortal Kombat (which explains the Scorpion DLC) with overpowered throwable objects. I'm not suprised it didn't sell. If you are going to get a DC game, buy both Batman Arkham Games if you haven't done so already. Much better value for your buck.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Played the demo and enjoyed it but still get my rare fighting fix from Tekken Tag 2 so haven't bought it yet. Might hold out for an "ultimate" edition :)

billnye69
billnye69

I haven't bought my copy yet because I'm waiting for the "Ultimate" version where they release the game for $ 50with all the locked on disc DLC characters like they should have from the very start. 

fredwv
fredwv

I only have the phone version of this game, but honesty, I really enjoy it.  I do wish there were more playable characters, though.

o016945
o016945

It's interesting with Take Two. Who would have thought that this was the same company that almost became a buyout victim of EA in 2007? Since then, the company continues to grow, even with their constant delays and overall limited marketing of many high profile products. It's almost like they just figured the entire industry out. Release said game in March, maybe one in May, a few in October, and do it again next year. I'm sure it also helps to have the overall highest rated product line of any other publisher. I'm glad EA couldn't get their hands on them.

ScreamDream
ScreamDream

Looks like a nice fighting game. Warner Bros. really are doing better than Midway in the graphics department. 

unreal_master
unreal_master

Capcom releases another version of their game. You need to buy this if you want the expansion. It is not downloadable to add on to Dragons Dogma. It's like they took a step back wards again. They did the same thing with Street Fighter 4 and Super but atleast owning Super could let you download Arcade. Why didn't they do that with Dragon's Dogma?

Deadisland almost the same game entirely still filled with bugs and other nonsense.

Defiance a new hybrid Mmo that not everyone is keen about jumping into. I believe it sold over 1 million so thats good.

Ninja Gaiden 3 razors edge. With the bad feed back from 3 they went ahead and fixed the game and what not but still force you to rebuy the new version instead of having some kind of dlc or NG3 previous purchase program.

As good as Injustice is,fighting games don't seem to be selling too well. A new game needs to shake up the genre. Injustice did some shaking up but not enough as the last MK9 did.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

It's probably too late to invest in T2.  I'll look it up.

zerooo0
zerooo0

Great game. NRS give me an Injustice Gods Among Us 2 after ya get done with working on MK11.

steelmouth
steelmouth

Just thought i post the first comment although its completely got nothing to do with this

jimbo6923
jimbo6923

@Strider8009 They're not on the disc.... they are patched in! This isn't a CAPCOM game..


I still agree with you though. If the game ain't complete, I won't buy it.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

@adroge1 It is 'Complete Edition' correctly. Mortal Kombat is the only game that comes 'Komplete' and is the only game that has taught thousands of people how to spell' Complete' the wrong way.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

@The_Shadow_LinkAll people do is cry like babies because of DLC.. How the hell is the game feeling incomplete?? There is so much more to do in this game to keep you busy it is hard enough just to muck around with a mate in a match. interactive environments and multiple tiers,Each arena hasinteractive elements & objects in the arena that the characters can utilize depending on characters class..and much more. 24 characters-  4 measly DLC and you say incomplete. but wait your still spitting on the game - Injustice is 'hugely disappointing' because none of the mainstream characters that you like are in the 'tiny roster' Story mode I can agree with you.. It sux. Until you know how to play the game and get in deep and are worthy of a VS.. Then you may sound like you know what your talking about. 

Captain_Am3rica
Captain_Am3rica

@The_Shadow_Link 

They announced all the characters you were getting at launch so it wasn't like it was falsely advertised. All the characters are very unique which makes playing each character quite refreshing. It also makes up for the "tiny" roster because the timing needed and combos are so different character to character, it's hard to learn em all. Not like other games where you can just pick characters and combos are all the same with different special moves. As far as DLC characters I'm already enjoying the game so much  and they bring in new stuff to keep me even more locked into the game? Go ahead!! And if you are going to talk about a story in a fighting game.. well I dare you to find one better, because most others just tack on the story mode at the end like it doesn't even matter and only take 30 minutes to beat. While it does have it's similarities to MK9, there's enough about it that are drastically different to justify it being its own IP and if you can't get around interactables than you just plain suck. And comparing Arkham Games to this..? WTF?

Lastly lets not forget injustice came out during the latter half of april, so that's really only a half month's sale for them.. as for me I eagerly aniticipated the game and have spent many hours already making up for the 60 bucks I spent on the game and the competition is growing fierce. Waiting around while everyone gets better and starting to play when everyone is already damn good is pretty initimidating way to start a fighting  game for me.

jimbo6923
jimbo6923

@billnye69 they're not on the disc... this has already been proven. Lobo was patched in just like the other DLC characters will be. I agree though, I don't like DLC and will wait for the complete edition.... but that doesn't change the fact that the DLC isn't on the disc. This isn't capcom!!

Cypress131
Cypress131

@fredwv They're adding quite a few DLC characters right now. The first, Lobo, just came out. Batgirl is confirmed next.

The phone version is extremely different then the console version. I can't really say they're comparable.

Armyboy5
Armyboy5

@fredwv Then get your mind blown away with the Console version :) or just use a shotgun, worked for my dad

Breyant
Breyant

@ScreamDream Well, graphics have come a very long way since Midway was around lol

keech
keech

@Armyboy5 If you like fighting games Injustice is very very good.  One of the best fighters I've played in years in terms of accessibility, depth, and character balance.


It doesn't reinvent the wheel or anything, but It's a very solid and well developed game.

jimbo6923
jimbo6923

@zerooo0 let's get "Injustice: Gods Among Us Complete Edition" first...

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

@steelmouth I just thought I would post this comment for no particular reason at the moment, Even tho this comment is going no where at all, it does however serve the purpose and grants me the success of wasting a few seconds of your life for nothing..   :-)