The NPD Group will report United States industry sales tomorrow, and the results will not be pretty, nor will they turn around anytime soon. That's the opinion of Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia, who told investors today that March sales are expected to be down 10 to 15 percent.
Bhatia said BioShock Infinite is likely to be the best-selling title in March, with an estimated sellthrough in the US of 700,000 to 750,000 units on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 combined. The NPD Group does not track PC software. BioShock Infinite will help publisher Take-Two Interactive see its March sales rise 70 percent year-on-year, Bhatia said.
Tomb Raider was also called out as a high-profile March title. And though the reboot enjoyed the strongest opening week in franchise history, publisher Square Enix said this title failed to live up to sales expectations.