High technology and high fantasy will square off at retailers next week as Ubisoft's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and Capcom's Dragon's Dogma both hit store shelves Tuesday, May 22. While we likely won't know for weeks which game did better when it comes to sales, an unscientific sampling of GameSpot user behavior can give some insight into which game has most captured the audience's attention, and on which platform.
The following list shows all the games we believe are going to launch next week, as pulled from publisher announcements, retailer release lists, and other information. We've listed them in order based on the total number of GameSpot users following each title on each platform, as of Thursday, May 17. Every game-specific page on the site has a "Follow" button under the box art that registered users can click to receive updates about the games they care about whenever there's new content posted, so it provides some indication as to focused user interest surrounding a specific title.
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier leads the pack this week, as Ubisoft's squad-based shooter attracted nearly 10,000 followers between the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game. Interestingly, the Xbox 360 version has attracted more than twice as many followers as its PS3 counterpart.
That might speak to the genre preferences of Xbox 360 players, as the next games on the list, the Xbox 360 and PS3 editions of Dragon's Dogma, have a very different breakdown of followers between the platforms. The Xbox 360 edition of Dragon's Dogma still boasts more followers than the PS3 edition, but only by a slim margin. Capcom's fantasy role-playing game might have attracted more followers if it had as much time to gather them as Ghost Recon. While Dragon's Dogma was originally announced barely a year ago, Ubisoft's oft-delayed shooter was originally unveiled in February of 2010.
Another long-awaited game rounded out the top five as Sony's PlayStation Move project Sorcery attracted more than 1,113 followers. Since its unveiling at the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo, the game has been one of the most gamer-oriented projects for the motion-sensing peripheral. Designed for a "hardcore" audience, the game features a combat system allowing for spell combos and also incorporates gesture-based puzzles into the gameplay.
Elsewhere on the chart, Nintendo's Mario Tennis Open for the 3DS was perhaps surprisingly trumped by Deep Silver's PC strategy wargame Iron Front - Liberation 1944. Meanwhile, movie tie-ins seemed to suffer for followers, as Activision's multiplatform Men in Black: Alien Crisis topped out at 55 followers for the PS3 and Xbox 360 editions, the same peak follower number for Activision's various Battleship adaptations reached last week.
1. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier--X360--6,786 followers--May 22
2. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier--PS3--3,099 followers--May 22
3. Dragon's Dogma--X360--2,287 followers--May 22
4. Dragon's Dogma--PS3--2,106 followers--May 22
5. Sorcery--PS3--1,113 followers--May 22
6. Iron Front - Liberation 1944--PC--192 followers--May 25
7. Mario Tennis Open--3DS--173 followers--May 20
8. Dirt Showdown--PC--77 followers--May 24
9. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3D--3DS--72 followers--May 22
10. Men in Black: Alien Crisis--PS3--55 followers--May 22
11. Men in Black: Alien Crisis--X360--55 followers--May 22
12. Alan Wake's American Nightmare--PC--52 followers--May 22
13. Men in Black: Alien Crisis--3DS--11 followers--May 22
14. Men in Black: Alien Crisis--Wii--7 followers--May 22
15. EVE Online: Inferno--PC--2 followers--May 22
16. Purr Pals Purrfection--3DS--2 followers--May 22