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Analyst: Prototype 2 Won't Sell As Many Copies As First Title

These days, unless you're a really big fish, you might drown...or get eaten.

Many say Prototype 2 is one of the most anticipated titles of the year, but a new report from analyst group Cowen and Company suggests that the game will "struggle" to hit the half-million sold plateau in the U.S. during its first year.

Analyst Doug Creutz has adjusted his prediction for Activision's fiscal 2012 EPS from $1.05 to $1.01, saying that Prototype 2 will probably have a "soft performance" on the sales charts, and won't manage to sell as many copies as the original title. He also mentions that neither the PS3 or 360 version of the game has broken into the top 100 charts at Amazon, which he says is "typically a bad sign for actual sales." Added Creutz:

"We had been modeling the title to slightly exceed the 900,000 U.S. units the original title sold through during the year after its June 2009 launch. We now believe Prototype 2 could struggle to reach 500,000 first-year U.S. units."

Then again, maybe that giveaway campaign will hit its mark. After all, that's a damn sweet prize and all you have to do to make yourself eligible is use your GameStop PowerUp Rewards card. ...then again, maybe that will only result in better sales for GameStop and won't affect Prototype 2 at all.

Related Game(s): Prototype 2

Tags: prototype 2, prototype 2 sales, activision blizzard

4/17/2012 9:02:16 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (35 posts)

Jawknee
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 @ 9:42:30 PM
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Poor mans inFamous.

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FM23
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 @ 10:24:16 PM

Is it? Prototype 1 had more enjoyable/varied gameplay in comparison to Infamous 1, so I assume the same will hold true for part 2. But this is personal opinion. Neither franchise tells great stories as I1 didn't hit its stride until the end, but I2 was actually decent. So Prototype 2 might make some noise on that end. We will see! Either way, I wouldn't refer to Prototype as the poor mans Infamous. I would still say Infamous is a better franchise overall though!

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Jawknee
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 @ 10:50:01 PM

"Prototype 1 had more enjoyable/varied gameplay in comparison to Infamous 1"

LOL! No it didn't.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 @ 11:05:02 PM

It's the poor man's inFamous because there was absolutely nothing better about it. The side quests were mainly power challenges, the city didn't feel remotely alive, the story didn't amount to much, the gameplay got boring and repetitive after a couple hours, and it just scored lower in every category.

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FM23
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 @ 11:13:10 PM

Well Infamous played like a shooter with electricity bullets really. Prototype had you flying, aerial combat, etc. It wasn't tastefully done, but it was fun no matter how much I found the game to be lacking. Infamous 2 was great all around to me, but Infamous 1 became very repetitive and boring as well just like Prototype really in my opinion. Like I said Prototype 2 has a chance to be great just like Infamous 2 was so let us see what happens. Anyway, I already said Infamous as a whole is a better game so no complainta here, but World your complaints can easily be applied to Infamous 1.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 @ 11:31:47 PM

"but World your complaints can easily be applied to Infamous 1."

LOL! No they cannot. Prototype was an absolute turd of a game. You won't find many people that think it was better than inFamous 1. The review scores reflect that as well as the great majority of people who played them who say Prototype was nothing compared to inFamous. inFamous didn't receive a glowing reception because it was worse or no better than Prototype. I'm sorry but you're a bit delusional if you think otherwise.

Prototype is like one of those crappy Hollyweird movies that is released at the same time or shortly after, within the same genre that tries to ride the coat tales of the blockbuster of the moment. The game makes a better table coaster.

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FM23
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 @ 11:53:52 PM

Delusional? Did you really just hit me with that foolishness. Never said Prototype 1 was better than Infamous 1, I clearly stated the gameplay was more varied, but it was still a lackluster game. Both Infamous games are in my collection, Prototype is not.

But just because you can find people who claim Prototype is crap doesn't mean it represents the majority. I enjoyed Prototype and nothing more. I can find a alot of people who thought Infamous 1 was forgetable as well. It's all preference. I mean Transformers War for Cybertron wasn't popular among critics and even I would rate it a 7-7.5, but it is one of my favorite games.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 12:04:15 AM

Delusional.

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Mog
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 12:30:49 AM

Uhhhh...
It wasn't that bad....
Turd is a bit harsh. I actually had a lot of fun playing it.

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FM23
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 12:47:29 AM

The PSX god Jawknee has spoken again as his opinion has struck again. For no one shall undermine or go against such powerful words. All praise to Jawknee!!! Lmao

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Palpatations911
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 1:21:20 AM

Both of those franchises are somewhat mediocre, why even have this discussion?

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___________
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 5:21:21 AM

every time prototype is compared to infamous a baby dies.
its almost as idiotic as comparing alan wake to heavy rain.
there NOTHING alike!

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raptassassin
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 6:46:56 AM

inFamous is a poor mans crackdown.
Yes i brought crackdown in to this argument. Back when i was actively playing both my 360 & Ps3. I would be playing both prototype & crackdown on my 360 as my copy of inFamous & my Ps3 would b collecting dust. Even with me just being a playstation owner now i still cant get my self to finish off inFamous.

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slugga_status
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 7:23:09 AM

Well..I own Prototype and both inFamous games. No, the first Prototype was not better than inFamous. The combat/gameplay wasn't more varied than inFamous either. Prototype was fun but got repetitive after a while. inFamous got repetitive as well but the story, superior graphics, and urge to expand your abilities made it stand out. Plus the fact that you could choose to be a Hero or inFamous with different abilities for each make it more playable as well.

Crackdown is a fun game..Crackdown 2 was addicting. But in no way is inFamous a poor mans Crackdown. Completely different games and inFamous is still better than Crackdown.

With that said..Prototype 2 is going to be far better than the first. I think some people will be surprised.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 8:20:16 AM

"inFamous is a poor mans crackdown."

LOL! Talk about foolishness.

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TheCanadianGuy
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 10:17:18 PM

people get so worked up ovet this i don't get it there both good games so what if ones a little better than the other

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YashaZz
Thursday, April 19, 2012 @ 12:16:50 AM

Jawknee, no need to be aggressive just because someone has a different opinion.

I personally liked Prototype better. The shape shifting and brutality is what I loved in that game. It was epic.

InFAMOUS... not so much... it's been a year and I still haven't finished it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 @ 11:21:22 PM
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I'd say this prediction is close but it may do better than they think. There's a tiny little hype train for this one, a couple people in the back row going "Please get better."

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Jawknee
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 @ 11:33:08 PM

All 12 of them cannot wait to get their hands on Prototurd 2.

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___________
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 5:29:25 AM
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i dunno about that.
yea the original disappointed allot of people but allot of people really enjoyed it too so i would not be surprised if it ended up selling better.
not to mention the original prototype had allot of competition, there were heaps of games that released the same time!
prototype 2 though, well what else released this month for people to enjoy?
JACK!
well theres the witcher 2 but most who buy that wont be interested in this anyway so that does not count.
point being allot of people will buy prototype 2 not because they think its going to be great, but simply because its the only thing out!
next game that releases after that is sniper elite V2 which is not out for 3 weeks afterwards!
id be surprised if it does not beat the originals sales.
not to mention if its actually a good game, then it should smash them no problems!

hopefully, sadly prototype was another one of those awesome concepts poorly executed games.
sigh if i have to say that about another game my heads going to explode!

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raptassassin
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 6:49:49 AM
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I'll only get prototype 2 if it avages a 80 or higher on metacrtic. I'll say ben will give it a 8.5 or something along those a lines.

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slugga_status
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 7:28:47 AM
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They've had my money for a while now..Prototype 2 will outsell the original easily..

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 9:31:33 AM
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IMO, I1 was a much better game, but I still enjoyed P1 too.

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coverton341
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 9:44:23 AM
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The first game was all right, the first infamous was all right. I think both of them got repetitive and I didn't finish either of them. That being said, I don't think there needs to be a huge argument over people's opinions of the franchises. We're all gamers here and we have varying tastes.

What I find discouraging and why I don't post here nearly as often as I used to is that some members here think that they hold the authority to tell others that their opinions are wrong. Opinions can't be wrong by definition because it comes from personal preference, of which we all have differing taste. Then, comes the name calling which makes grown people seem like children.

Can't we just respect each other's opinions and varying tastes and agree to disagree on some games? Why does it have to come down to name calling?

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Jawknee
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 9:55:46 AM

I would say the same to people who preferred Spam over prime rib.

Delusional.

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coverton341
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 10:23:16 AM

And I would say that someone that prefers a Sig Sauer Mosquito 22 to a Glock 23 .40 for home defence is a bit ill-informed on the issue at hand, but that also has nothing to do with video game discussion on a video game site.

There isn't any reason to belittle anyone for having differing opinions. It doesn't show the community in a mature light and it turns off some people.

I mean, what's wrong with saying "I don't really agree with your opinion on this one, I think (game x) is much better than (game y)" and leave it at that? Why does it have to come down to "You're delusional" or "The psx god". Both of the latter statements make those involved seem like children with no interpersonal communication skills.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 11:11:49 AM

I don't really care what FM calls me. I called him delusional because he is and it's not just on this matter. Besides, saying some one is a bit delusional is not name calling. It's making an observation based on the facts. The overwhelming evidence is against his claims, yet he still believes what he believes despite that evidence. That is the definition of delusion

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FM23
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 12:07:56 PM

Haha. I called him a PSX god as a joke and to pretty much show I'm done with this stupid argument/debate/whatever. And as far a Jawknee goes, the man acts like everything he says is written in the bible. Someone says something he doesn't agree with and he comes at them sideways. It's a fact, I see it all the time on here. Either way, just giving my 2 cents....I'm out!

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Dancemachine55
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 10:12:47 AM
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I thought Prototype was a lot fun, and had quite a lot to do...

but didn't feel as polished or have a story as memorable as Infamous.

I bought Infamous, played Prototype at a friend's house. Even he said Prototype got boring after a few hours once the thrill of taking over helicopters and tanks had worn off.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 11:14:23 AM

Exactly. That was the most common complaint about Prototype. It was a borefest. inFamous on the other was one of the most addicting games I and many others have played. And the top notch review scores reflect that. Not many new IP's garner such praise.

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FM23
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 12:11:48 PM

See I can agree with both of these statements above me.I personally thought Prototype was crap too, but I had alot of fun with it. Infamous is of course the more polished game. But Jawknee, P1 wasnt that bad? Now that Wolverine game, that was awful.

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slugga_status
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 1:32:37 PM

@FM

Wolverine game wasn't that bad..but certainly meant for fans..That said..I never finished it..lol

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FM23
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 5:06:58 PM

Wolverine was fun no doubt, but it was just as bad as the movie which was the games material source.

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johnld
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 7:01:18 PM
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the qore interview doesnt make me want to buy it either. the guy said that this is a game where people come home from a hard day at work and sit down and blow things up. hes making it sound like a mindless game and thats not something i will go out and buy.

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Chamoru_Warrior
Thursday, April 19, 2012 @ 12:25:26 AM
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this is possibly true. I think people will make the same mistake that they did with Just Cause 2 and assume that just because the previous game was mediocre that the sequel will be too. Just Cause 2 was the most unapologetically over the top sandbox fun I ever had before SR3 came out. Just Cause on the other hand was one of the worst wastes of potential I've ever played. All the devs needed was better tech and a cult classic was born in Just Cause 2. Prototype 2 has potential for this too.

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