NPD: BioShock Infinite March US sales hit 878,000

Cowen & Company analyst reveals first-month sales for Irrational Games' latest, which is expected to sell around 4.5 million units during first year.

BioShock Infinite--the top-selling title of March in the United States--sold 878,000 units during the month, according to NPD data from Cowen & Company analyst Doug Creutz.

In a note to investors, the industry watcher said this figure is "a few hundred thousand" units above what the company had expected it to sell.

Creutz said BioShock Infinite has continued to sell at a healthy clip in April--thanks to strong reviews--and is likely to sell 4.5 million units (including retail and PC copies) in its first year.

The analyst also noted that Activision's The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct saw "surprisingly strong" sales in March, where it was the ninth best-selling title overall. Specific sales figures were divulged.

Total software sales in the US for March were up 2 percent, representing the first month of positive growth since November 2011. Creutz noted that Gears of War: Judgment and God of War: Ascension sold a few hundred thousand more units than modeled (though they both still underperformed compared to previous franchise installments), but that non-AAA titles helped boost overall software sales in the month.

Creutz said fourteen March new releases sold over 100,000 units during the month, a feat that had not been equaled since November 2011 or beat since October 2009.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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TheGreatPhoenix
TheGreatPhoenix

they made a good story for a shooter with average shoot mechanics, the CoD players won't like that. Aside from that,, I know that this probably doesn't include the sales figures from steam etc so weither or not its actually this low remains to be seen

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

I'm playing on moderate, then I'm doing 1999 without doller machines, then I'm doing it on hard. Bioshock series are one of the few with any replay value and could happily play them again and again. What I find rubbish about the vigors compared with plasmids is that appart from possesion, shock jokey and devils kiss, all the others seem rather pointless. There are far more efficient ways of dispatchig your foe than simply levitating them (why?) or dragging them closer with a tentical (which does make more sense if your into meleeing).

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

It has to sold more than 7millions within a year.

steelmouth
steelmouth

lol ""the 878,000 copies are a few hundred thousand units above what the company had expected it to sell" i guess they had set the bar pretty low for bioshock

The_Godfather_
The_Godfather_

a little dissapointing results. bioshock inifnite should sell at least 10 million units, because it's the best game of the year!! and I've really admired that it didn't tried to be another CoD clone!! it gave us an unforgettable story and that makes it on of the best games ever made!!! also I don't agree with the people saying; bioshock's gameplay is a bust. it's gameplay is also fantastic.


BIOSHOCK INFINITE IS A ROUSING SUCCESS ON EVERY LEVEL!

Kashmiro
Kashmiro

Well, this makes me happy to read. When so many games have come out recently to multi-million sales and then people being fired, it is great to see a game released to Critical Acclaim, almost 1 million sales, and the publishers being completely ecstatic about it. 

Now, it would just be nice if everyone that bought the game hoping to just run around going "pew pew pew" and not having to work their brains would walk away and stop trying to bash the game. This piece of art is exactly what Adam Sessler says "Something different than I have ever seen before." It does things no game has ever done before and wants you to think about everything; the story alone deserves all of the awards. However, the mise en scene if I can take a word from film, and with this game I think I can, is absolutely phenomenal. Everything that goes into making this world, the ties to theology, racism, social criticism, scientific theory, it is an amazing blend of intellect that I will not soon forget. 

hekifier
hekifier

I'm getting really tired of this crap being shoved up our asses like its the second coming of Jesus Christ. Worse than Black Ops 2. Worse than Epic Mickey. Bioshock Infinite is trash. Filthy, filthy trash that needs to rot in a dumpster.

pupp3t_mast3r
pupp3t_mast3r

I have to admit to not expecting much more than the previous games in the BioShock franchise while playing Infinite however for the first time in almost a year this was a game that I just couldn't put down until I finished it. 

The game deserves all the recognition it's getting not because of it's gameplay which is just up to par at best, however for the degree of depth that you can see from every aspect of the world. Columbia is a constantly evolving city that doesn't just bring to surface on how a utopian society can so easily crumble but at the same time also brings to surface humanity's personal demons on a much more personal level through Booker DeWitt's experiences in the city. It makes the player wrestle with and appreciate the ideas of cause and effect and how a single person's choices can impact their surroundings.

BioShock Infinite isn't a game worth playing if you're looking for epic gunfights or memorable action sequences. However if you're looking for a truly immersive experience that provokes thought as well as realization, well then all I can say is make sure you enjoy the ride because it only happens once.

electronic_eye
electronic_eye

I will be writing a more detailed analysis of Infinite, as well as how I feel it ties in heavily with the current problems with formal game critiquing, when I finish the game (half way so far). But from my time with it, keeping in mind I am a big fan of the the privious two, esp the 1st/still own both, I have to say Infinite is my least favorite in the series, and I would argue doesn't warrant the overall extemely high scores its getting critically. Again, I'll go into greater depth later but the main reasons so far are: 1) some significant technical problems such as the most rampant screen-tearing I've seen in a game in years, and severe dialogue audio imbalances; 2) gameplay design missteps like deducting ecessive amounts of caps upon death (I'm playing on Hard), and respawning me in areas of the map I've never even been to before; 3) and for me most significantly, narrative and world design fumbles - esp the story taking too long to get genuinely interesting, and similarly, the level design staying too linear during much of this slow story development. I have other issues with it and there are certainly aspects I do like but for now, I would only give it a 7.5, and consequently balk at the inordinate amount of critics giving Infinite 9.5s and 10s.

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

You all act as if the gameplay sucked or something.......

ill7ven
ill7ven

I really don`t get all the hate. Most of us were driven forward by the story and hidden goodies, not the gameplay. Gameplay wasn`t anything ground-breaking and due to the wider setting, it made things a little too easy, but you can always unlock the 1999 mode. Overall, this was one hell of an immersive game, loved it.

Ferg1213
Ferg1213

As the gaming community has grown largely over the years, the level of ignorance, stupidity, and number of people that shut down anything that's even relatively ambitious is also a growing problem and makes me ashamed to be associated with so many of you idiots in the comment section. "If I want a story I'LL READ A BOOK." Yep.. great argument.

BadMrSnake
BadMrSnake

Games like Bioshock are for n00bs to fps type games!  For anybody else, a waste of time.

ryancyc
ryancyc

lol @ people judging the series on its gameplay alone, and not even understanding that what made the first Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite interesting were its themes and unique presentation. I'm not a huge Bioshock fan actually, I have my own criticisms, but at least what it is trying to do is much more on the right track to what a good game should be than many, many games out there. If the only thing you're looking for is pew pew in a game, I feel sorry for you.

cdog21
cdog21

Didn't Tomb Raider sell over 3 million in its first month. How did Bioshock beat that with sales only reaching close to 900K?

CamusKnew
CamusKnew

People complaining about the gameplay in Bioshock Infinite is missing the point entirely. The gameplay is decent, but its obvious that the main attraction is supposed to be the story and the  atmosphere. Before you play this, you should decide what you want from the game, if you want a hardcore fps with multiplayer go and pick up Black Ops 2. If you care about the storyline in a game and like exploring a stunningly realised setting then Infinite is for you. It keeps you interested in a way that the six Call of Duty games wishes it could do. And that's a fact

Tixylixx
Tixylixx

Bioshock Infinite was so overrated, shit gameplay tacked onto a game that is trying to be something else.

Elann2008
Elann2008

They deserve to have sold that much in its first week.  Fantastic game.  

Diggfinger
Diggfinger

Somehow that does not seem like a lot...didn't Fallout 3 sell around 3 million within a few months? 

jamvng
jamvng

@The-Neon-Seal Murder of Crows is a mass disabler, and Undertow can pull the far away units close to shotgun them in the face or shock jockey them. not completely useless

Kashmiro
Kashmiro

@hekifier Hmm, I smell a troll. I am perfectly fine with you not understanding, having some kind of issue with, or just having reasons that make you dislike Bioshock Infinite. We are all entitled to our own opinions, just as the game and Ken Levine wants you to be. However, be honest, this is not worse than Black Ops 2. If you really believe that, then I understand why you didn't like it. 

jamvng
jamvng

@pupp3t_mast3r def. it is going to be a hard game to top for this year's GOTY because of its immersive experience. That's what made this game amazing for me. Combat was fun, but the beautiful world, great dialogue/voice acting, and thrilling story were the stars.

Kashmiro
Kashmiro

@pupp3t_mast3r I didn't expect it to live up to the first game, and while I did not like Columbia as much as Rapture, I don't think I have ever thought about a game as much as I have thought about Infinite. I really wants gamers to think, and I really appreciate that in the gaming market right now. 

Kashmiro
Kashmiro

@electronic_eye While I shared most of your thoughts, I really recommend holding on, playing it all the way through, and then letting the end mull over in your mind for a day or two. Maybe even do some further reading online as to what everything and every character meant in the story. I still don't like Columbia as much as Rapture, however I have never played a game before that has left me just thinking about its ending so much. 

I did have to add though, you said you were playing on hard, then complained the game was too hard... The graphical issues come from the fact that we are at the end of a generation, I have heard it looks great on PC. For me, the story grabbed ahold of me from the second I suddenly appeared on a raft being paddled up to a lighthouse. 

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

@electronic_eye If Bioshock Infinite is a 7.5 then please go into some heavy detail on which games are better and why.  I'd be interested to see what motivates a comment like that.

EL_Bomberdor
EL_Bomberdor

@2bitSmOkEy  

In all honesty I don't know what it was but for a lot of people (me included) the game just didn't suck me in and I found it really hard to enjoy. Type of game you actually find it hard to want to carry on playing. Main thing in enjoying a game is that it grabs you and you can't stop playing because the hole experience is really embracing and even tho the scenery was lovely it didn't grab me in any shape or form and I like most games and do usually easily sink into a game but this one was in the pile I found hard to want to finish and was shocked I fealt that way from a game I had high hopes for. It was a boring experience for me.

EL_Bomberdor
EL_Bomberdor

Ow STFU. Just because some people didn't like Bioshock you get your panties in a twist, god grow up. 

I didn't hate Bioshock Infinate but I was let down by it. Lacked in all areas for me. Gameplay wasn't great. The game didn't suck me in and made the experience more of a chore for me. Does that bother you? am I not aloud to express how I experienced Infinate without upsetting people on this website?

highlanderjimd
highlanderjimd

@BadMrSnake Bioshock 1 was very good. 3 just lacked everything from atosphere to basic little touches that one would expect in abig game these days "such as environmental bells and whistles eg. clothes on ashing lines moving as you pass through them instead to you through like a ghost.

Superman_legend
Superman_legend

@BadMrSnakeNo, Bioshock is for people who care about an adventure and immersive story lines and world. Its more of an action/rpg game with shooter mechanics. It's not even listed as a fps because that's not the core of game. You'll be disappointed if you go in with a run through shootem attitude of typical fps because that's not what the game is meant to be, but you be highly immersed and impressed if you take your time and see it as an adventure. Vice versa you will be dissappointed by most fps if expect exploration and top of the line story components/mechanics. That's why scores vary from 10 to 7.5 the 10-9 people understand what its is. The 7.5 was expecting call of Duty/Halo where its all action with some story in cutscenes. That's why expert reviewers are giving high scores they understand what the game is meant to be. The real n00bs are the people who play only play typical fps with closed mind perspective. (Though I think the word n00b is childish because like I said someone may just have a broader opinion than you) I'm a hardcore gamer and have the best of almost every type of game in my collection (300+ plus on PC alone). This game is a masterpiece if you don't go in playing it like fps. It an adventure/action rpg with fps mechanic with a world that's meant to be explored not rushed through. There is a ton exploration, so many hidden goodies and rewards, plus subjects and topics most games don't even dare to explore.

sanim02
sanim02

@cdog21 it only shipped that many, didn't sell that many. 

petez34
petez34

@Arther-la-Blunt They were BOTH over-rated imo. They are definitely 30$ games. Lots of people fall for marketing tactics and hype. The fanboys will love the games, mature, experienced and seasoned gamers look past all the flash and see those games for what they really are...

Kashmiro
Kashmiro

@Tixylixx That is the point, it is trying to be something else. This intellectual medium does not want to be another generic shooter. 

Kashmiro
Kashmiro

@EL_Bomberdor It wasn't really made for the gameplay buddy, I know it is a game, but that is the honest truth. If you played Bioshock for the gameplay, you should go watch Django Unchained for the sound effects. However, I think what a lot of us are getting irritated with is how people are bashing it and saying it should be a 7 and things like that. By all means, it is not perfect. However, it is more ambitious, more profound, and just all around a fresh creative game that really should be supported in a stagnant gaming market. It may not be perfect on its own, but when compared to everything else that has come out in a long time, it pretty much is. 

highlanderjimd
highlanderjimd

@EL_Bomberdor well said mate. totally agree. Its the COD idiots who beleive all the hype about these new games. Bioshock 3 is nothing new at all and far too short and boring, Its a too much a hollow experience to be considered a great game

MrGreen626
MrGreen626

@EL_Bomberdor You are simply hilarious. The amount of times you have commented to simply state how "bad" you think the game is was quite entertaining to say the least :)

Maybe people would take you seriously if you actually gave specific examples as to what made the game under perform so terribly? What about the gameplay was so bad? If the story didn't suck you in, what game does? 

You are simply hating on a game because it was a major success, and loved by many fans. You may say its simply your opinion, however you voicing that countless times to anyone who disagrees confirms my theory.

The game was impressive. Do I think it is the greatest game ever made? No. Is it necessarily my cup of tea? No. However, I will not deny that it was unlike any game I have ever played. With great characters, attention to detail, and a story that actually made me turn my brain on. 

I can see why those who have to turn their brains on may not appreciate this game. Those types of people simply prefer the brain dead style of video games. 

Kashmiro
Kashmiro

@petez34 @MrGreen626 Yea, because that is a logical reasoning to hate a game. Well I don't know about you, but when I need money I run over strippers so that money magically appears floating in the air. I love being able to walk over guns so that ammunition magically appears in my pocket. I enjoy being able to have things magically appear in my hands without pulling them out. I love how when I die in real life I appear again somewhere else. Oh sorry just trying to use your logic to apply to other video games. 

petez34
petez34

@MrGreen626I don't know about you but when I need to find ammunition and money, the first place I look is in a trash can! oO It's ok to like a game but don't try and cut people down who dislike it. 

have a nice day!

jamvng
jamvng

@acelogan1989 @sanim02 @cdog21 actually when publishers put out numbers it is the number they shipped and sold to retailers. so 3.4 million is the amount Tomb Raider shipped to retailers. 900k is the number sold in the USA (not globally) to customers. and it is a prediction based on polling by NPD, not 100% accurate numbers. Chances are Bioshock Infinite will have shipped close to 4 million. We'll find out when Take-Two announces their earnings for Q4 in May