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This Is Why Sony Hasn't Shot the Killzone Franchise in the Orange Eyes

Posted by Sammy Barker

Shadow Fall's sales soar higher than an ISA Cruiser

It’s arguably the most divisive franchise in Sony’s first-party stable, but the Killzone brand has proved itself to be a best-seller time and time again. That’s especially true of PlayStation 4 launch title Killzone: Shadow Fall, which has already exceeded sales in the region of 2.1 million units just a couple of months after its launch.

“I am thrilled that so many users have been enjoying Killzone: Shadow Fall since the launch of the PS4,” beamed a delighted Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida. “This title fully embraces the creativity of the development team at Guerrilla Games based in the Netherlands, and is a great representation of what SCE WWS has to offer.”

The numbers are accurate as of 15th January, and, with approximately 4.2 million next generation consoles in the wild, indicate that roughly half of all early adopters have snapped up the first-person shooter. While its reviews were generally mixed, we enjoyed the sci-fi escapade's meaty gunplay and online multiplayer mode – but did take issue with the poor pacing of the single player campaign.

That’s not going to stop the platform holder from hunting for its next hit, though. “SCE will continue to deliver exciting software titles, and is currently developing more than 30 titles, including DriveClub, inFAMOUS: Second Son, and The Order: 1886, which offer entertainment experiences only possible on the PS4,” added Yoshida.

Have these sales numbers shocked you like the blast from an EMP grenade, or did you always expect a strong response to the gorgeous next-gen escapade? Beat us over the head with the butt of your gun in the comments section below.

[via vg247.com]

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adf86

#1

adf86 said:

I never understood some of the negativity surrounding Killzone last year, especially compared to CoD & Battlefield where it was the same as previous titles, at least Guerrilla tried to mix things up with both it's SP & MP. Glad to see it's selling well though, must easily be the best selling exclusive across both platforms.

Scollurio

#2

Scollurio said:

Good, I hope the Killzone franchise continues in a way, because I can only stand following ONE shooter franchise, and Killzone it is for me (might sidetrack a bit into Planetside 2 though) and yes at the end of the day its a shooter. Like any shooter, but I do like the latest editions (SF and Mercenary), the settings and the Story - which I hope we will SOME TIME get properly realized in one of the games!

Helghast prevail!

Bad-MuthaAdebis

#3

Bad-MuthaAdebis said:

I think its a pretty decent franchise. I actually prefer resistance just because its more fun but no, I don't understand the whining either.

Gemuarto

#4

Gemuarto said:

Nice =).

Can't understand negative reviews of this and Knack. Single player was good also.

adf86

#5

adf86 said:

@Scollurio I have a funny feeling that Guerrilla Cambridge will take over the franchise now that Guerrilla Games are moving onto other projects.

Punished_Boss_84

#7

Punished_Boss_84 said:

Um it should be Killzone 2 receiving this sort of success that was the pinnacle of series in terms of everything: quality, story etc. Killzone SF doesn't even do anything for me when i watch the whole story and multiplayer modes. And yes i get there is a difference between playing/watching but thats the vibe i have.

@adf86
And that would be * Mr Burns voice: Excellent.

Gamer83

#9

Gamer83 said:

@Gemuarto

Still haven't played Knack so I can't say for that one, but I definitely agree that the negativity surrounding Killzone was puzzling. It also exposes most game journalists for the fools they are by simply following the crowd. How a broken piece of sh*t like Battlefield 4 gets a high 80s rating and a solid one like Killzone Shadow Fall can't even average an 80 is beyond me. Much like the PS3 version of Skyrim had no business scoring above a 5, the same is true of BF 4. Maybe the core gameplay is good but that doesn't matter if you can't actually play the full $60 game even after 9 million patches have been released since launch. It's a joke.

JaxonH

#10

JaxonH said:

I hate to say this though, but I think Killzone is average. Just average. Nothing spectacular about it. I'm glad Shadowfall sold well, I am. Good for them. But I know I only bought it due to the lack of anything else on the menu. It was literally THE only choice if I wanted to play my shiny new console (had already bought CoD Ghosts and AC4 on Wii U). It's not a bad game, it's just that there's nothing about it that's great. It's a well designed game, it's just not that interesting to me. Had I bought my PS4 a year down the line, I wouldn't have even considered buying Shadowfall.

So Idk, maybe the author is right. Maybe it's got a bright future ahead of it. All I know is why I ended up buying it, and considering the spread at launch, I wouldn't be surprised if that was the case for quite a few others as well. But what do I know, I'm just thinking out loud here...

Tony_342

#11

Tony_342 said:

Shadow Fall is easily the best game in the series so far. It's vastly superior to the overrated Killzone 2, and even better than the much-improved Killzone 3. I'm not a big fan of FPS games that are just constant over-the-top action. I really prefer a shooter that takes its time and allows you to approach situations in different ways. For example, I'd take Half-Life 2 or GoldenEye over Call of Duty or Battlefield any day. I also really like the added focus on the high-tech, futuristic, sci-fi feel of the game (the OWL was a brilliant addition, as were the space levels) and thought it had a much better story than the previous entries.

Gamer83

#12

Gamer83 said:

@JaxonH

I'd say probably half the sales came from that exact reason but I still stand by that it's a good game. Killzone, as Sammy pointed out, has always been a series though that you either love or hate.

rijahs

#13

rijahs said:

The best thing for me is that the company really listens to the players feedback through the forum and tries to fix all what is possible. If they can continue to do this, then they will only get better in the future..

GunstarHero234

#14

GunstarHero234 said:

@Gamer83 Sadly I agree with the BF4 part as many times I gave too many chances for DICE to change back to their roots of the BF1942/BF2 days but it seems that isn't going happen and with them bringing the piece of sh** game that was rushed right out of the gate i'm done with them even with Star Wars Battlefront comes out (oh the horror lol). EA gotten too greedy trying to compete with the COD series which burned me out of the BF series I love because it's nothing but a another COD with tanks nowadays sigh........Now I moved on playing Killzone and now getting ready for Planetside 2 which will be my "new voice for me of an BF teamwork game" so I agree with your opinion BF4 shouldn't had good scores over Killzone SF but because BF4 look flashy and has destruction yeah you can say the reviewers can "easily" ignore the horrible problems the game has am i'm right.

XFsWorld

#15

XFsWorld said:

It was genius for Sony to have this as a launch title. If it came years after PS4 launched, it would have gotten trampled by other FPS

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