Has video game retail become an entirely 'hits driven' industry?

Gamasutra- Is the video game industry, in particular the brick-and-mortar side of the business, becoming more "hit-driven"? That's the claim that Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter made in his most recent note on March's retail sales.

It's a temptingly straightforward thesis, but one that probably deserves some scrutiny. To explain a bit more about Pachter's thesis, he explains the hit-driven business as one in which "gamers [are] willing to pass on an abundance of catalog titles in anticipation of the industry's premier franchises."

That is, while some middle-tier games languish on shelves, gamers are content to play the games they own until a truly big game comes along.

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NYC_Gamer2789d ago

Yes,don't expect many publishers too take risk with an unknown franchise or allow studios to be fully creative.

Titanz2788d ago

New IPs can do well (Kid Icarus, Xenoblade, etcetera), though consumers have become accustom to what they know.

kevnb2788d ago

none of those are new ips. Syndicate didnt even do well.

Titanz2788d ago (Edited 2788d ago )

Though Syndicate and Kid Icarus went through such drastic changes, that they can easy be labelled under the "new IP" category (and Xenoblade is a new IP FYI).

[I listed Syndicate as an example of "new IP's which sell poorly."]

Saryk2788d ago

Syndicate wasnt Syndicate, that was a new IP of a old game. Had the game been a upgrade to the old game, it would have sold more!

Nerdmaster2788d ago

People ask for innovation, but they only buy the same things over and over.

kevnb2788d ago

its just the console market.

cyclonus0072788d ago

Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo say hi.

ginsunuva2788d ago

Because when they innovate, they forget to make a good game, too. They expect innovation to sell the game.

Saryk2788d ago

Only for consoles. On the PC side everything is fine.

I do not get caught up in the hype, but I do like series games.

GraveLord2788d ago

I buy both popular and non-popular games. For example, I enjoy both Call of Duty MW3 and Dark Souls. Both very different games.

Hicken2788d ago

Largely, yes. But the primary reason for that, I believe, is due to the large influx of new gamers we have. Many of them were drawn in by the blockbusters; they're newly converted casual gamers. You don't expect them to take a shot on a game like Catherine.

But it can't last. People WILL get burned out on these "hits" as they start to feel more and more alike. If the less well-known titles have been pushed out of the industry by then, it'll be a sad day, indeed.