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Three Reasons Why Sony Shouldn't be Worried About Uncharted 3's Pre-Order Numbers

With the holiday season fast approaching, it's that time of year when everyone analyzes pre-order sales in order to determine which games will make the biggest splash this year. Data for the Americas has recently rolled in, indicating very strong numbers for many Xbox 360 titles. This doesn't come as much of a shock, as the 360 is much more popular in North America, but what does come as a bit of a shock are the relative locations of the year's two biggest exclusives. Microsoft's Gears of War 3 currently tops the chart with 1,220,810 pre-orders, while Sony's Uncharted 3 holds 11th place with only 145,739. These numbers are shockingly drastic, but is it something that Sony should be worried about?
Here are three reasons why Naughty Dog and Sony shouldn't stress about Uncharted's lackluster pre-order numbers.

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Narutone662251d ago

Kinda strange that a 360 fan site reporting about a PS3 game.

JoGam2250d ago

That website has been talking PS3 news for the past few weeks now.

Iroquois_Pliskin2250d ago

well, it shows that 360 gamers arent all fanboys

SilentNegotiator2250d ago (Edited 2250d ago )

"it shows that 360 gamers arent all fanboys"

PlanetXbox360 shows that? Yeaaaa......no.
These guys run annual "Why I don't own a PS3" article to convince people not to get it, their "steal it for the 360" articles always end in major damage control that concludes "but there are games just as good on the xbox so don't waste your time getting a ps3 for XX", etc.

"There's no denying that the average gamer wants a shooter with nonstop action and a robust online multiplayer experience. That is why Gears of War, Battlefield and Modern Warfare are all among the top most pre-ordered games"
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They ALWAYS end in a similar matter. 'There are better games on the 360....I mean, what a shame, the ps3 is great!' Who do they think they're kidding with their diction?

egidem2250d ago

They are simply out of things to talk about on the 360 land. It's a sign that they are probably bored with Kinect and its stuff.

kreate2250d ago

remeber how planetxbox said how awesome heavy rain and god of war is?

than they told everyone to go play it at a friends house cuz of its shortness. and its not worth a ps3 purchase.

Agent_hitman2250d ago

@Jogam

LOL at that.. 360 site mentioning competitor's product... So LOL to the next level....

go PS3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kleptic2250d ago

Well the article 'sort of' hints of my overall opinion of this shit...

why pre-order...anything?...Do you guys pre-order movies?...music?...why is this pre-order stuff used to a degree to immediately gauge the success of an unreleased title?...

sometimes you get pointless crap...like a skin or a different gun, or something that others won't get for a few days after release...

I guess I see the appeal in a major title's midnight release...and I did pre-order 2 games in my life because of that (MGS4 and COD4)...but i got the pre-order literally the day before release for both games so that I could pick them up later that night...

and then found out how my local Wal-marts will put big games out on midnight anyway...with NO need for pre-order bs or anything like that...

I just don't get it...its not the way it used to be like with the PS1 where if you didn't pre-order, you wouldn't find the game for literally weeks (GT2 comes to mind)...supply chains for video games is far superior than it was a decade ago...

Solidus187-SCMilk2250d ago

HAHA I dont know about this site. Are they 360 fanboys making stupid articles, or are they trying to get people with 360 into PS3 with these articles? Either way whay call your self 360 whatever and talk about PS3. That will make everyone mad on this site LOL.

Either way, pre ordering is lame. Im not going to pay in advance for some bonus crap that should be in the game anyways. Ive never seen a game that wasnt in stock when it comes out.

I will be getting uncharted 3 and gears 3, but wont preorder.

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thelogicking2250d ago (Edited 2250d ago )

since when 4.5 million considered as a bad thing?
uncharted sold that much (probably more) so by common since uncharted 3 will sell that much/more.

pre-orders doesnt always give you an idea about the total sales when the game is actually released.

StanLee2250d ago

I've never got the hype about preorder numbers, especially with games like Uncharted that has long legs. 1 million preorders may sound like a great number but if the game sells only 1.5 million in it's life time, what was the point? It's just a pointless barometer.

metsgaming2250d ago

im getting it day 1 and pre ordering it but i dont like to pre order this early i wait till it gets a lot closer.

firemassacre2250d ago

thats ghetto what those 360 fan sites are doing, while ps3 proves how great it is not by talking the talk, but walking the walk.
the more bs these sights sphew the more ps3 exclusives come out, so keep talking

JeffGUNZ2250d ago

walking the walk? Do you mean that month when I couldn't get on PSN?

Stop the exclusive rant too. Give me a break, the most popular games this years are multiplate (BF3 and MW3). For exclusives, it's UC3 and Gears 3. Look at the numbers, they speak louder then your text.

Silly gameAr2250d ago

You're right Jeff. Numbers speak louder then words and the number of games dropping are astounding. Multiplat and exclusive. Those are the only numbers I see. You still counting pre-orders? Is that some new game you guys are into? Sounds boring.

And, it's funny when people bring up the outage. What's your point? You're on now aren't you? Move on. Everyone else has.

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Drekken2250d ago

The people of Planet360 have boarded a ship and abandoned their home planet. Rumor has it that planet360 has been drying up and becoming uninhabitable. They fled their home base for greener pastures. I can't blame them.

Cmpunk2250d ago

i find it hard that your all accepting vgchartz numbers when they undertrack everything sony related even though it's a sony fanboy site lol

Cueil2250d ago

The don't "undertrack" numbers they simply don't have the same kind of support in Europe that they have in Japan/Asia and the US so their PS3 numbers tend to move a bit more as time moves on and they get more information.

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Septic2251d ago

Uncharted 3 is going to be amazing.

It is going to sell well regardless of whether or not it is pre-ordered.

If I was your typical obese keyboard warrior I would say "pointless article is pointless" but I'm not one so I won't say it. But have I already said it? o.O Que Twilight Zone musix "Too da toodoo too da toodooo".

Yes- I'm bored at work.

Cmpunk2250d ago

once again it's VGCHARTZ

Cueil2250d ago

you know anyone else who does what they do?

BlackTar1872250d ago

Cueil.. You work for VGchartz?

Dart892251d ago (Edited 2251d ago )

I'm pretty sure more people will just pick it up in release day.

Edit:And if you looke below us you will se inside_out preaching about call for noobs.You might as well be a preacher about cod rotflmfao.oh yea people only buy cod cuz they cant aim and need the computer to help them on consoles.

iamnsuperman2251d ago

I will get it for sure but at the moment do not want to pre-order it. If I do it too early I forget that I have to pay in November X amount so for me it is better to pre-order nearer the date

Inside_out2251d ago (Edited 2251d ago )

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I don't think the pre-order numbers are the be all/end all as some might think but I'm definitely in the minority on that topic. EVERY trend watcher out there deem those numbers to be near critical to indicating how popular a game will be. Look at the Gears, MW3 and B3 estimates...ALL based on pre-order activity.

Releasing your game along side a game like COD MW3, the peoples champ for several years now is near suicide. COD MW3 will be the biggest ENTERTAINMENT launch of the year...everybody knows that.

I think a bigger problem is that fact the beta was FREE and only generated 1.5 million downloads...that would be a far bigger issue for a system that has 50+ million consoles out in the wild. If they don't bother to download a FREE multi-player beta then what makes you think they will pay 60+ dollars for the game when it launches???

I didn't download the beta because of all the freezing issues, maybe that was the reason the beta numbers were so low.

LOGICWINS2250d ago (Edited 2250d ago )

"If they don't bother to download a FREE multi-player beta then what makes you think they will pay 60+ dollars for the game when it launches???"

THIS is the point I made a couple of weeks ago..but as usual, most people on N4G cover their ears, close their eyes, and start singing "I can't hear you" when they're confronted with reason.

As far as pre-orders are concerned, if your excited about a game..you WILL pre-order(I have my copy paid off already). Yes, there are hole in wall game stores and online retailers that will have the game for a little cheaper on launch day, but we all know that MOST people just get the game at a regular retailer(Amazon, Gamestop, Best Buy).

The majority of UC3 Day 1 sales will come from pre-orders. Thats the way its always been for every game.

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LOGICWINS2250d ago (Edited 2250d ago )

"ok!!
i never pre order"

Congratulations...but you still represent what the minority of people do when they want a game on launch day.

"and i know alot of people do the same that's why games stores on every place
in the whole world"

I'm having trouble understanding your English.

"i don't buy any thing from the internet"

What does that have to do with anything?

"and last time i checked those numbers were close to uncharted 2 pre orders
and look at the sales of this game now
5m"

LOL, again, what does that have to do with anything? We're talking about launch day sales.

"so your "Logic" did not "win" this time"

Wonderful more jokes :)

Hmmm broken English, deviation from the topic, jokes regarding my user name...pretty much what I would expect from an N4Ger with two bubbles.

Strange_Evil2250d ago

The last game sold nearly 4 million units and it also came out near Call of Duty, so I don't get why people still think it's such a big deal to analyze pre-orders. Even though only 1.5 million people participated, it was PSN's largest beta.. So definitely more people got to experience UC3 than UC2...

Once the game comes out and gets critical acclaim (Hopefully), I don't see why those 4 million who bought it last time won't buy it this time around. I haven't pre-ordered it yet cause I just get it on day 1.

Also I don't get why people keep comparing the sales to Gears3. Gears3 is gonna sell more no questions asked and 360 crowd generally pre-orders more as we have seen the trend (not to mention more number of 360s in US).

additup282250d ago

Generally, uncharted is known for its single player campaign. At its highest, the multiplayer for UC2 was around 50-100,000 players. That 1.5 mill number for the beta is more of a success than you would like to think.

finnhima2250d ago (Edited 2250d ago )

Why type of "reason" have you two confronted us with? low preorder numbers? 1.5 million users in a free beta? Those ARENT great reasons to specify why Uncharted 3 is in some type of "danger" of not selling.

Uncharted 2 had no beta, and only 300,000 preorders at the time of release, yet it sold 2 million copies at the end of 2009 and has gone about to sell 5 million as of now. No gamer is really that worried about the sales of uncharted 3 other than 360 fansites and trolls such as yourselves. Why is that?

Why does the success of Uncharted 3 bother you guys so much? Why the hell are you worried about it? Uncharted 3 had NO pre-order incentives for me to fork over 5 dollars to reserve it. Which is why I didn't. I will however purchase it on release day as well as MANY others.

Im guessing the new way to criticize games is by analyzing their "pre-order numbers" now. Damn pathetic.

Thoreau2250d ago

i am excited about uc3 but no pre-order. i will buy uc3 day one.

DarkTower8052250d ago (Edited 2250d ago )

Logic, you're not making much sense. You say that anyone excited for the game WILL preorder? Wow, you're so far off! Preorders are only useful if there are special preorder deals going on, which for U3 there are none so far. Why do people ignore this fact?

Also, about the beta. Uncharted is a series that is known for and shines in the story mode, many will not play the mp. Uncharted is my favorite series, but the mp isn't my style.

Now, with Uncharted 2 selling 4.5-5 million units, do people really think that U3 won't vastly exceed that? The franchise is only getting stronger worldwide, even in Japan U2 sold well for an American game.

LOGICWINS2250d ago (Edited 2250d ago )

"Why does the success of Uncharted 3 bother you guys so much?"

I'm not bothered by it. Its called speculating. No different than the armies of people on this site who speculate that MW3 will be a garbage game day in and day out.

"Why the hell are you worried about it?"

Again, I'm speculating. I have nothing to gain or lose from UC3 selling well or poorly.

Btw..why the hell are your worried about my beliefs to the point that you replied to me?

"Logic, you're not making much sense. You say that anyone excited for the game WILL preorder? Wow, you're so far off!"

"Yes, there are hole in wall game stores and online retailers that will have the game for a little cheaper on launch day, but we all know that MOST people just get the game at a regular retailer(Amazon, Gamestop, Best Buy)."

^^You missed this part of my comment

finnhima2250d ago (Edited 2250d ago )

So your speculations in a nutshell is that Uncharted 3 will sell poorly due to the simple fact that

-The so called "low numbers" of the uncharted 3 beta even though it was 1.5 million (the biggest of any ps3 beta)

-Large numbers of gamers who refuse to pre-order the title like myself Despite still getting it on launch day (No incentives, no reservation)

-and because its release window is close to that of Modern warfare 3, (despite Uncharted 2 being released towards Modern Warfare 2 and STILL selling over 5 million)

If you're going to speculate, at least research some more. It wouldn't have taken a rocket scientist to look at the history of Uncharted 2's success to see that Naughty Dog has nothing to fear of its game not selling.

MysticStrummer2250d ago

Not everyone wants to play a very limited version of a game they're looking forward to, especially when you factor in the problems of an average beta. I almost didn't download the beta for those reasons. I rarely preorder anymore, no matter how excited I am about a game, and never have a problem getting my games on day one. Also, are day one sales the only sales that matter anymore?

Ser2250d ago

@finnhima

+well said

anticooper2250d ago

i dont know anybody that pre orders, and i have at least 20 friends who own a ps3/xbox360 and they never pre order games, so let me repeat myself they dont pre order, not everybody pre orders, i dont pre order. Hey i forgot to say my friends they dont pre order, and i dont pre order. do i Pre order? no i dont,and neither those my friend,i really hope you get what im saying,its ok to pre order, BUT ME AND MY FRIENDS WE DONT PRE ORDER!!! PEACE:-)

Hicken2250d ago

How did you get so many bubbles?

That aside, I've come to realize that your name is ironic: since you don't use logic, you never win.

On topic, people don't pre-order every game they want. In a week I'll have thirty people say they'll just get the game when it comes out instead of reserving it. Additionally, 1.5 million people in a beta is a lot. If only those people get the game on day one (I doubt it, just saying), then the game can pretty much be considered an automatic success.

jetlian2250d ago

does it matter? Off the top gamers shouldn't care but investors will!! After 2-3 weeks a game starts to lose its value. So for companies they want as many day 1 sales as possible.

Now for gamers it doesn't matter as much BUT IT CAN! All this people talking about long legs this and that need to understand companies will and do effect your gaming.

Socom 4,Killzone 3, and uncharted 3 have all been effected by long legs and most hardcore series fans never realized it.

All these games have changes that play closer to COD than previous iterations!! And the reason is companies want more DAY 1 SALES!!!

5 million sales over a year does not bring in the same amount of money as 5 million day 1.

So in away these pre-orders do effect your gaming down the line

Solidus187-SCMilk2250d ago

I get excited for a game, but I guess not as excited as you since I dont preorder anything. They are never out of games here, there are just too many stores that have them.

I will get U3 and gears 3 but will not be preordering.

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thelogicking2250d ago (Edited 2250d ago )

tmbs;dr

(too much bullshit, didnt read)

LOGICWINS2250d ago

The fact that you'd rather make jokes instead of providing a logical rebuttle says a lot.

thelogicking2250d ago

"I don't think the pre-order numbers are the be all/end all as some might think but I'm definitely in the minority on that topic. EVERY trend watcher out there deem those numbers to be near critical to indicating how popular a game will be. Look at the Gears, MW3 and B3 estimates...ALL based on pre-order activity"

well... lets say thats modern warfare is more popular than gears, does thats mean that gears is not popular??? those franchises may sell more and they will but that doesn mean you can underplay uncharted sales because 4+ million is pretty popular in many peoples books.

"Releasing your game along side a game like COD MW3, the peoples champ for several years now is near suicide. COD MW3 will be the biggest ENTERTAINMENT launch of the year...everybody knows that"

i agree with you at that point but maybe after 1-2 monthes after the steam of those games went off then uncharted may pick-off from there.

"I think a bigger problem is that fact the beta was FREE and only generated 1.5 million downloads...that would be a far bigger issue for a system that has 50+ million consoles out in the wild. If they don't bother to download a FREE multi-player beta then what makes you think they will pay 60+ dollars for the game when it launches???"

because the average joe doesnt know shit about the beta? even then.... 1.5 million is very good.

"The majority of UC3 Day 1 sales will come from pre-orders. Thats the way its always been for every game."

uncharted 2 already proved your statement wrong.

LOGICWINS2250d ago (Edited 2250d ago )

"uncharted 2 already proved your statement wrong."

Where's your evidence?

EDIT: Yeah, I thought so.

Imalwaysright2250d ago

Uncharted had 300000 preorders and sold about 5 million copies...

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Mr-Dude2250d ago

I'm getting tired of your preaching....

So what MW3 is the biggest game in the universe of mankind? So what if your Xbox is the the holy grail of life itself?

One thing i know, I'm gonna enjoy myself to hell with Uncharted 3!

So please stop preaching, you sound like a cult..

LOGICWINS2250d ago

"So please stop preaching, you sound like a cult.."

You should take your own advice. Why do you assume that inside_out has an Xbox? You sound more irrational than he does.

anticooper2250d ago

"logicwins" talking about sounding irrational,Funny guy:-)"logicwins" you make me cry and laugh at the same time, its a really weird feeling THANK YOU please keep on writing comments, maybee next comment will make me fart and whistle at the same time:-)

egidem2250d ago (Edited 2250d ago )

YES!!! I can't wait to use auto aim online so that I can own n00bz with my awesome heart scope. I can't wait. Call of N00bies MW3 FTW!!!

/s

M-A-R-S-H-A-L-L2250d ago

The only reason why there's such an emphasis on preorders is because of the fact that a certain side is running out of ammunition to use. I don't preorder games. So what? I get the game when the release date comes. Preordering isn't an indication of sales, especially if an individual can just cancel and get the game on release date.

BlackTar1872249d ago

its true... and so seems to be the case with everything these past years..
no games to graphic matter ... to graphic don't matter its all gameplay.... to just wait and see....to sales my game sold more.... to Pre orders whats up with pre orders....

the fricken starting line of the Battle gets moved every year.

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