EA: Crysis 3 and Dead Space 3 did not meet expectations

Publisher says big-budget shooters "came in below our forecast" despite topping charts during release month.

Big-budget shooters Crysis 3 and Dead Space 3 did not meet Electronic Arts' sales expectations, despite topping sales charts, the company revealed today in a post-earnings financial call.

EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said sales of these titles "came in below our forecast." Specific sales figures for the games were not divulged.

Dead Space 3 sold 605,000 units and was the top-selling title in the United States during its February launch month, according to NPD data.

Crysis 3 was also released in February and was the month's third best-selling game in the US, moving 205,000 copies, according to the research group.

Crytek founder Cevat Yerli previously said that Crysis 3 is "so far, our masterpiece."

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nyran125tk
nyran125tk

after playing Crysis 2, I was literally not interested immediately in Crsis 3, even if it was better. I mean setting it in New York? really? That was an instant no, because I already had a city landscape Crysis. How bout setting it somewhere else? like Space or something or India? Or I would of gone for Peru , or just something else.

Cryio
Cryio

@nyran125tk "Set in New York" is just for marketing. Crysis 3 feels like a devasted city, full of lush jungle. You are never once aware exactly in what City your in. You're told you're there, but just just about.


Oh, and the level design, for most of the game, is great.

SoulxReaperx366
SoulxReaperx366

Is it me or are EA's games getting shorter and shorter?

Nexzy
Nexzy

well Dead Space 3 was a okay game for me...

but serious.. Crysis 3 was just a show-off really.

xepha537
xepha537

Crysis 3? Never heard of it. o_O

dragontech22
dragontech22

I wonder how much of this is simply because they  did not release them on steam? I actually didn't buy it on PC because I did not want to deal with Origin, so I rented it at a redbox for the PS3 ($5 to finish the game). How much bad press does EA get already, and they want people to trust that Origin will always be around like we know Steam will?

rockstar_88
rockstar_88

The problem with EA was that they released all of these games within a couple weeks of each other.  They basically cannabilized themselves.  Had they actually spaced out their releases, especially since the next couple months are going to see yet another dry spell of hardly any games, they may have been met with more success and people willing to fork over more money.

ashyblood
ashyblood

I'm glad Dead Space 3 didn't meet their wild expectations. While it's a great game, they've lost my respect by not putting any effort into fixing the bugs that thousands have been complaining about since the games release, on ALL platforms. Tomb Raider barely has any bugs and has recieved about 4 updates. DS3 has at least 3 major bugs I can think of and no updates for all this time its been out. What EA/Visceral? Simply because your sales expectations fall short you must abandon all customer support? It's not worth it? Honestly, go out of business already, we won't miss you.

nightsinner
nightsinner

That's because both franchises are played out you corporate dummies!

ps2fatboy
ps2fatboy

so what were the numbers did they want for each game ?/ hell they still be selling,

Dirty_11
Dirty_11

the whole thing is like the metallica black album, made their music shitter to target the masses disregarding those who bought their music in the first place. respect in turn was lost.

Conscrumptured
Conscrumptured

Maybe you shouldn't ruin the Dead Space series next time, and it'll meet expectations. But then, why would EA worry about that.

couly
couly

Crytek should compare Crysis 3 with Far Cry 3 and see where they went wrong. Even after superb reviews and huge sales, Ubisoft didn't call FC3 their 'masterpiece', oh how deluded you are Cevat.

blackothh
blackothh

its not gamers fault that you dont allow value to be put into your games, you have yourself to blame

SavageEvil
SavageEvil

Ok, first thing what is with people in here complaining about micro transactions...you don't need to pay a dime extra to beat the game so what the f**k are you complaining about that crap for? DLC is extra stuff if you want to experience you buy, other than that it isn't needed. You ass clowns piss me off with this DLC should have been in the game from the start, if that mess wasn't needed to complete the game then it didn't have to be included as part of the main game and EA is within their right to sell it as an extra because it is.

It's incredible hearing this micro transaction flap, when none of it is actually warranted since the main game you purchased you can beat without spending a penny over the purchase of the new game. There is a market for DLC so EA wants to make money off it, but don't complain about it if it has zero bearing on your gaming of said game. Bunch of jealous crybabies upset because others have money to spend on extraneous gameplay and blame the publisher for charging you money for extra stuff that wasn't part of the main game nor was it free to produce.

Now the fact that both these games did poorly goes to show that you can't stray too far from your formula without repercussions in the case of Dead Space 3 and well Crysis 3, um, that game is boring and has always been...just might as well just remain a bloody tech demo showing of visuals since it lacks substance. Short easy to complete games are bad, you reach the crescendo to quickly and you are left with a wanting more but there is none. Honestly after playing the demo Crysis 3 I wasn't at all wowed by it since it felt like Halo, everyone looked like the same bio enhanced freak with a penchant for murder but it brought nothing with it that made the game something different. Honestly will all the emphasis on social gaming why the hell aren't there more multiplayer co-op designed games? I recently played the FUSE demo and it was a tad underwhelming but it has multiplayer co-op, which I hope the developer capitalizes on and scales difficulty of the AI to match higher ranked and human players and forces more team based objective gameplay. One battle was versus two humanoid armored units and I could see utilizing the specific operatives abilites in tandem would greatly increase the chances of dispatching the enemy units, that is only if the developer takes it to that level of cooperative play. I will be watching this game as it progresses as it seems a bit more intuitive than the usual one man army slew of games we've been force fed for the past 20 years.

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

Shame. Crysis 3 was great compared to Crysis 2 and even close to the quality of the first game. While the game campaign was short, it had a great story, gameplay, voice acting and stunning music. Sure it may not one of the best but definitely not a bad shooter as many believe.

CastorT
CastorT

Crysis used to be interesting.

Raven_1981
Raven_1981

The one thing I really missed in Dead space 3 was the dismemberment, you don't really have to dismember the necromorphs like before, you can just shoot them and they will die anyway, I wonder if anybody else noticed this????

And of course the horror, it has some good moments but not enough, I think the story and the visuals are very good, the weapon crafting systems is good but there comes a moment where you feel to overpowered and the enemies don’t seem to keep up, there are a lot of things that make the game feel less than the other two…….

It has several modes that unlock once you finish the game, still have to try them, maybe classic mode will be more of my taste

beavisj
beavisj

Well, they lost a sale/preorder for DS3 as soon as they announced day 1 DLC. 

I stopped preordering or buying them as soon as they come out. I will wait until a few months when the price drops & there is a sale on DLC

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

I'll still check out DS3 when the GOY Edition comes out at $20. I'd rather wait and receive all the paid content at a reduced price. I don't like being nickel and dimed or feeling as if I've paid full price for an incomplete experience. I've got patience EA.

WiggityWhack
WiggityWhack

That's odd, the shovelware crap they keep throwing out didn't sell well? Maybe if they had put an ounce or two of imagination into them instead of cracking the whip at the developers and not allowing them any freedom at all...

You can't impose strict fiscal year based deadlines and expect a game to be successful. God I hope these last few months have taught EA something.

vashtricham
vashtricham

Crysis 3 was sub par plain and simple. One of the Biggest Disapoinments this year

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

I'm guessing key staffers responsible for both titles early success are no longer with the company. Word to the managers, give credit where credit is due. Management is a respectable skill set in it's own right but I wouldn't expect a great manager to also be a creative power house or vice versa. 

Pin the medals on your soldiers when they earn them. 

vadagar1
vadagar1

no shit both games sucked balls.... even DS2 and crysis 2 were mehhhhhhh....

i guess when they turned dead space into some FPS shooter wanna be with dual nuke launchers that shoot anti matter missiles with acid the game just lost that nice survival horror edge.

and crysis was just balls maybe they should try playing crysis 1 and see why it was so successful.


ffs why are people so F****ing stupid

CUDGEdave
CUDGEdave

No surprise both were pretty poor. 

deathblow3
deathblow3

lets be honest the first game did well becaused it benchmark pcs but the game was kind of boring. the next 2 was the same. and deadspace shoe horned a lot of stuff people didnt want. also it EA so sells are in the toilet before the game ships. stop the weird we hate our customer tactics and maybe your games will sell better. because none of them are doing over a couple of mill save for battlefield.

deathblow3
deathblow3

um really they topped charts where?

solatron
solatron

This might be a way for Crytek & Dead Space to get more creative and successful in the future (after EA ditched them of course):

through Kickstarter.

(but I never heard Kickstarter projects on FPS/Action game)

nirmalbalaji
nirmalbalaji

Its because you guys ditched DX 10 players. Graphics isn't the only way to boost the game. Think of all the elements from next time.

vaibhavp
vaibhavp

not interested ... want new fresh ip ... wont buy recycled stuff.

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

Both together haven't even sold 1 milion copies.
I guess the main problem starts at the top:

big-budget shooters "came in below our forecast"

Shooters? well, maybe that's part of the problem for their fail.  Those were not shooters first and foremost, originally. They were turned into plain shooters, to try and drawn the CoD/BF fans, and with it failed to appeal to the original fans. 

At the same time, CoD and BF fans didn't care about it because... they already have CoD and BF! And lets face it, shooters are turning into a genre overdose.

solatron
solatron

It's ironic when gaming studios like Crytek, Obsidian, Dead Space, id software acquired by big giants such as EA, Bethesda, etc..they developed not as a$$-kicking as they were alone on their own.

Vodoo
Vodoo

Damn... I could see Crisis 3 not meeting expectations, but Dead Space 3?? That game was fuckin awesome. Somehow a bullshit rumor got started that it was more of an action game than regular Dead Space, which was a total lie. There was 2 small sections, spaced apart by hours of gameplay, where you had to fight enemies with guns. Other than that it was classic Dead Space. I've played all 3 to completion and this game was the best in the series, by far. 

It's too bad because EA already stated that if this Dead Space doesn't meet expectations that it's gonna be the last one made. Which is turning out to be true because Visceral is already at work on a Star Wars game instead. It's sad that a bullshit rumor, probably from some ass-hat reviewer, killed off a great series.

mruizinho
mruizinho

Games should be about gameplay, graphics r only important if it doesnt break the game mechanics.

Why not give us better physics or even more important better AI, for me graphics r more than enough.

Really i ve been a gamer for 30 years and now i can hardly play a game cause its all about graphics, i dont have fun anymore, ofc there r still good games out there but most of them i cant stand it more than 5 minutes.

Maybe i m too old to play games and im getting mature, or games are just not funny anymore or maybe both...

chadiramon
chadiramon

maybe because gears of space 3 sorry dead space 3 was nothing like what fans of the series wanted it was a third person shooter and had non of the atmosphere that the original had at one point i felt like i was playing lost planet and moving to crysis 3 it may be a looker on pc but on console the framerate is so  bad i think it might even be broken at times and in a fps framerate is everything anyway it wont make a dent in ea s bank accounts.

smtgfx
smtgfx

HA. they sounds surprised this happened. I was surprised about Crysis 3 but not so about Dead Space 3. We all told them what we want to see in the games but they don't listen. 

This is what happens when you give too high of a budget to a studio. Too much money = no passion. EA wake up and fund smaller studios.

Deaho
Deaho

That's because games are not only about graphics ,developers should understand that games now is like movies if it have a good story then it succeed other than that it fails.

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

That's because they didn't meet our expectations. Maybe cramming micro transactions into games wasn't the answer.

megadeth1117
megadeth1117

Too bad, I thought both games were the best in their respective franchises. 

eze_sl89
eze_sl89

of course, crysis 3 was shit.

StealthHimself
StealthHimself

Well, Crysis 3 was a bomb and Dead Space 3 might as well of been Dead Space 2.5. Too many rehashing of games instead of focusing on originality and creativity..

DETfaninATL
DETfaninATL

This sounds like a simple case of EA expecting a little too much and not knowing how to forecast sales in a down economy. Videogames are a luxury item and at $60 a pop for a new one, more & more people are being conservative with their money. I think it's just that simple. Personally, I loved both games, thought they were great and I wish more people had bought them, thus ensuring beyond a reasonable doubt more from the franchise(s) in the future, but it is what it is. Once again EA proves they don't REALLY know what they're doing.

wexorian
wexorian

Leave EA alone Leave ea alone They done their best To F UP Bioware, Deadspace and Crytek.

galeta
galeta

both game lost their rootz. they lost what made them unique.

unreal101
unreal101

Bobby Kotick is laughing his ass off right now. 

Activision pays a fraction of the normal AAA development cost for each CoD, and yet they outsell EA and everyone else every time.

SlaviksG
SlaviksG

Graphics doesent make game story does. And both game story was shit.