We may have loved the latest installment of Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, but the title’s favoritism towards the hardcore players didn’t seem to pay off for Activision, as reports are coming out that the title sold less than 100,000 copies (see: 86,000) in the United States during its first week of release.
This was to be somewhat expected, but seeing as how it was the only game in the franchise released this year, it has to be pretty surprising for the developers. The question is now, where do we go from here?
We’ll have to wait until November to see Rock Band 3’s numbers to see if this is representing a shift against the series or the genre, but one thing is for sure, the team over at Activision will be making changes in the franchise. Will they go for the “Pro-Mode” style of gameplay, or will they try and expand on their back-to-basics style that they went with in this title?
We still don’t think its time to panic because there could be a resurgence in sales near the holiday season, or we could see a new surprise from Activision in the form of a big announcement to bring attention back to the franchise. Either way, something will have to be done to bring the fanbase back, or we could be seeing even more drastic restructuring of the franchise than we saw for the Tony Hawk series.
UPDATE: Thanks to @SteveMightSay for pointing out that these are indeed the September sales numbers, which only include the five days that the game was out. Still probably not as good as they were hoping, but not as bad as it sounds at first.