The NPD Group has told Next-Gen why it has chosen to scale back the amount of game sales data released to non-paying customers, but not all hope is lost for Internet stat carnivores.
"At this time last year, it was made very clear that NPD will provide media with hardware sales figures, but that it would only be temporary," explained NPD's David Riley. "As you may recall, we never provided these numbers until November '06, the first month when all three new consoles were on the market. It's been a year, so it's time to pull back."
"It's better to pull back and leave it up to our clients to release their numbers. Or, if manufacturers tell us it's okay to release their hardware sales numbers, then we'll go back to providing them, but that shouldn't be our call."