BioShock Infinite ships 4 million copies

Take-Two says latest title expected to become top-selling entry in the franchise; Borderlands 2 rises to 7 million, NBA 2K13 hits 6 million.

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BioShock Infinite has now shipped 4 million units and is expected to become the top-selling entry in the series, according to comments from Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick today during an earnings call.

Zelnick also revealed that Borderlands 2 has now shipped 7 million units worldwide. The game is on track to become the best-selling release in the history of the 2K Games label.

Lastly, the executive said NBA 2K13 has now shipped 6 million copies and is seeing record digital sales.

Zelnick also spoke highly of XCOM: Enemy Unknown for iOS. He did not give a specific sales update for the game, but said it proved that "gamers are willing to pay a premium price for premium experience." He added that its success has led Take-Two to consider how else it can adapt its franchises for mobile platforms.

Irrational Games today launched the first expansion for BioShock Infinite--Clash in the Clouds--for $5. Additional expansions Burial at Sea - Episode One and Burial at Sea - Episode Two will release in 2014 for $15 each.

Take-Two today reported an overall loss for the fiscal first quarter of $47.1 million on revenue of $144.3 million. Digital sales were a bright spot for the company, rising 128 percent year-over-year and making up a record 52 percent of net revenue for the quarter.

Discussion

252 comments
amaneuvering
amaneuvering

How the hell is this company reporting a loss for the fiscal first quarter after all those successful products?!

If Take Two isn't always in the black with all these successful games then something is very wrong with it's business model imo.

RatedRranger
RatedRranger

I've not played bioshock infinite yet but I've heard good things about it. I might just pick up sometime in August or September

aman579
aman579

"The game is on track to become the best-selling release in the history of the 2K Games label."

Isn't GTA IV under the 2K Label, and last i heard it had sold 25 million copies... so still a ways for Borderlands 2 to go

thorn3000
thorn3000

looking at this its obvious that sports games are where the money is, you can release a new entry every year for little development cost over the previous entry (except for costly licenses), but for full prices and the same crowd will buy it every year, and if not, just shut down servers in a few years so a need instalment needs to be bought

Gomtor
Gomtor

4M is about 0.065% of the world population.  My opinion is that games and the pcs / consoles are way too expensive.  You have to have at least a reasonable pc or console to buy a game in the first place.  What if publishers etc. subsidized consoles to make it much much cheaper?  $400 - $500 for a console is very expensive and keep a lot of would be gamers from gaming.  If consoles cost, say $100; how much more would be sold?  I think many millions.  That way; in the medium to long term; maybe even short term, much more games will be sold and profits will outweigh the subsidy by far.

Needles-Kane
Needles-Kane

What is going on here?  A basketball rehash is out shipping Infinite............truly sad.

19James89
19James89

A great game like Bioshock Infinite being out sold by a Basket ball game? *scratches head*

bankai_456
bankai_456

Bioshock is gonna kil qte's. http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMp-wd0MlZY

Gomtor
Gomtor

I still dont buy DLC.

thekazumalord
thekazumalord

I've only played the second one and while i liked it, i never finished it because i got other games and forgot about it.. i played an hour trial of Bioshock Infinite when i had PS+ recently.. and honestly, i think i liked Bioshock 2 better... i do think it's strange that the Tomb Raider reboot game ,which was a really good game, sold almost as many copies as Bioshock Infinite yet it was deemed a failure

thermalmotion
thermalmotion

I'm replaying all 3 Bioshock games. Just finished the first one and WOW, still phenomenal. Now I'm on to the 2nd- the only one I hadn't played yet- and honestly not digging it. 

Can't wait to return to Columbia!!

Helios_Sun
Helios_Sun

lol i still havent finished this game yet

steelmouth
steelmouth

Just 4mil? I thought Bioshock was bigger than this

Kimppis
Kimppis

I love Bioshock Infinite and I'm happy that the sales are ok. Of course it deserves more, but I was a little bit "worried", because Infinite seemed to receive a lot of hate: "mediocre gameplay, overrated blahblah..." And the game seemed to vanish from the sales charts quite quickly, especially here in Europe. Bioshock is the best new franchise of this generation, so I hope that we will see a next-gen sequel.

JBStone1981
JBStone1981

Fact: BioShock 4 will take place in the virtual haven of Hish, New Hampshire. BioShock 1 protagonist Olf Yummelson will return, and notorious voice actor Karsh Hampsterstein will reprise his role for the upcoming sequel. As of this posting, it is unknown whether Mif Umly will have anything to do with the project, though a recent Tweet from the reclusive director may have hinted at a return: "Have faces, two hands, and a crotch. My lamb is the stiz. Outside. LOL" This fact will explode in 9 seconds...

55584623
55584623

7 million!!! wow didn't know Borderlands was such a sales beast!


hadlee73
hadlee73

I loved Bioshock Infinite, but can't quite see how Rapture (pre gone-to-shit era) fits in with the main storyline. I kinda felt the Infinite story by itself was fine without the further supposed "closure" offered by these various DLCs.

AlwaysRunning
AlwaysRunning

@amaneuvering GTA5 isn't cheap. GTA4 was $100million; extrapolate from that figure. $47 million will probably account for the first hour of revenue after GTA5 goes on sale.

cousinmerl
cousinmerl

@amaneuvering its because its costing a arm and a leg to make games, and people have got smart in they way they trade in games.

Setho10
Setho10

@aman579 No it is under the Rockstar label. Take Two has two divisions, Rockstar and 2K.

19James89
19James89

@thorn3000 I think games like Tomb Raider, Bioshock, Hitman and others have suffered in sales because the games were released at the end of the seventh-generation lifecycle. I think these games would have benefited more from being released on the eighth-generation consoles.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Gomtor Frankly that argument is absurd. The economy blows world wide but the amount of employed people is more than high enough to preclude any price drop in any games. There are more important things that ARE overpriced, like food. Have you seen the price of food? Gasoline?

nirzor07
nirzor07

@Gomtor Well that, and a lot of games cost $60. So not many people can afford it. Also, a lot of people who are able to buy consoles/pc find it difficult to spend $60/game, so they buy pirated versions that cost @2-3 only. Or download it for free from a torrent site

csvichf
csvichf

@Needles-Kane Basketball rehash, football rehash or a shooter rehash, they all outsell every game this gen.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Needles-Kane But from the way it disappeared off the UK chart and there being no other word about its sales numbers, I'm happily surprised to see it become the most successful in the franchise. It deserves that success for what it has done and what it showed could be done.

19James89
19James89

@thekazumalord You're not taking into account how much Tomb Raider cost Square Enix or how much Bioshock Infinite cost Irrational Games/ Take-Two Interactive. Maybe Bioshock cost less to develop and publish than Tomb Raider and thus Bioshock Infinite didn't need to ship as many copies as Tomb Raider did in order to be a considered a success. 


19James89
19James89

@Helios_Sun The ending will scramble your mind. I had to play the game again to figure out what happened and I still don't know fully. Ken Levine and his team are a band of mini geniuses, for sure.

19James89
19James89

@steelmouth It's disappointing to read, especially when AC III has shipped around 6million copies.

19James89
19James89

@Kimppis I bet games like Hitman, Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider if the games were released in the middle of the seventh-generation consoles lifespan.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@JBStone1981 Troll Level: Epic fail. Considering every single person here knew before the first comma this was retarded - Take-Two would never come up with something as dumb as Hish, and then everyone knows the protagonist never had a name. Not to mention he died in BioShock 2.

soccerpzn
soccerpzn

@hadlee73 because its not a continuation of Bioshock Infinite, its more likely going to show how rapture became the way it did in Bioshock 1 while relating to Infinite


55584623
55584623

@hadlee73 maybe this new DLC is not to give closure but just to expand the possiblities of the bioshock universe.

but well who knows...

jecomans
jecomans

@19James89 I don't see that being released almost a full year out from a new console launch would stop people buying them. Especially as the recent releases were bestseller for their franchises, and all the other games that have sold well, the evidence suggests people are buying a lot of games this year.  

thorn3000
thorn3000

@19James89 @thorn3000 not sure about that, you see in US, yes everybody is going to buy a Xbone or PS4 right away, but US accounts for only so much world sales, in other countries the move to the new consoles will be gradual, I would dare say it will take at least a year of the release of the new console that the versions of games made there will top the versions made on previous one (for ex. Fifa 14 sales this year will be better on Xbox 360 then Xbone (since game is released for both systems), however next year Fifa 15 might be equal)...remember this generation of consoles was here for very long, 8 or so years I think, many many households, even households who dont pick up every generation had them, but PS4, Xbone? well will see, but don't expect better sales on them compared to the previous systems within the first year, since simply too few people will have those consoles, many will wait until the console prices drop...

19James89
19James89

@nirzor07 Don't forget the Global economy is in the duldrums and has been for the past five years. A lot of people just cannot afford to buy luxury items when they're struggling to put food on their table and make ends meet. 

The games industry has lost billions over the last five years and the Global downturn is probably one of the reasons why that's the case. 

Also I agree with your points about games, they're far too expensive for what they're worth. Many of them just aren't good enough to justify such an expensive outlay on them. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

@csvichf @Needles-Kane A fanbase that hungers for more of what they're already familiar with trumps every new game that is actually new. It ain't easy to try to be innovative, but me and others sure appreciate it when people put effort to do so.

Pandajuicy
Pandajuicy

@Hurvl @Needles-Kane It is well deserved and should be the model for future games. It is art that is also very fun to play and deserves even more success.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@19James89 @thekazumalord You also need to consider that Square Enix is bat-shit insane and has unrealistic expectations based on an inflated sense of self-worth given to them by fanboys who still don't seem to understand Square Enix  is not Square.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@19James89 @Helios_Sun And that's why they're outpaced by a basketball game. Genius means exceptional, uncommon, not like the rest. People would rather have something they can relate to, than something uncommon.

hadlee73
hadlee73

@soccerpzn @hadlee73 That might actually be interesting to see. I just figured continuity would be a little odd. Nothing should surprise me, as anyone who has played right through Infinite knows what a mindf*** it can be near the end, lol

Hurvl
Hurvl

@jecomans @Hurvl Well, I guess the number of additions and changes will bunch up if you don't buy it every year. There are probably more of them than non-fans thinks. The theory that people buy and enjoy them, because they're not all the same is a more positive one, than believing that all fans are stupid addicts who'll buy anything from a franchise they already like.

jecomans
jecomans

@Hurvl Whilst a game like FIFA will never be on any of my 'best ever' lists with the likes of Infinite or whatever, that in no way makes me enjoy playing it any less. I buy it, like many people, every two years and the games are wildly different to play (like learning a complex new game), far different from the minor tweaks people suggest. 

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Pandajuicy @Hurvl @Needles-Kane Games should not have a model. It should be an inspiration and undoubtedly will - every game is built on concepts from other games, ad nauseam in fact which is why most games suck now.

jecomans
jecomans

@thekazumalord @19James89 The thing that killed Tomb Raider was the insane amount they spent on the graphics and physics in the game. From reports I've seen it cost a significant amount more than Infinite to develop. 

19James89
19James89

@thorn3000 It is, but it's selling and that's all that matters at the end of the day.