Rage 2 released last week, finally letting players go blasting across id Software and Avalanche Studio’s take on the apocalypse. But despite the promised carnage on offer, it seems that the game’s sales figures aren’t living up to to its predecessor.
Rage 2 did manage to top the UK’s physical charts, which is something that the original game, which released a week after FIFA 12 back in 2011, was never able to achieve. However, according to retail data from gamesindustry.biz, despite that bump in the charts, physical copies of the game are just 25% of what was achieved by the original Rage.
It’s worth noting, of course, that the UK isn’t an enormous market, and that physical game sales have been on a downturn for years thanks to the rise in digital downloads. That said, Games Sales Data suggests that the physical/digital split in the UK is around 50/50 on console. Not counting for PC, where digital sales are likely to have made up the lion’s share, that would imply Rage 2 has only sold around half as many copies as Rage.
It’s early days, of course, but those are far from ideal sales figures. Given that studio boss Tim Willits has already said he’s looking to make Rage 3, I’d suggest that these numbers probably don’t bode particularly well, but a few weeks of solid sales could reverse the game’s fortunes.
In Harry’s Rage 2 review, he suggests a game that’s plenty of fun while you’re in combat, but doesn’t offer too much once the shooting stops. To me, that speaks to something I’ll probably want to pick up in a sale. The Steam Summer Sale 2019 is just around the corner, so perhaps I’ll buy into some brainless shooting in the next few months.