Analyst Pachter Estimates Rough Sales for THQ’s Darksiders II
THQ’s had a rough time over the last year. It was hoped that their August release of Darksiders II would help raise the company’s fortunes some, but analyst Michael Pachter estimates that the project has ended up as a money-loser for the struggling publisher.
According to a post on GamesIndustry from yesterday, Pachter penned a note to investors explaining his perspective of the game’s sales and its effect on the company:
“August release Darksiders II has sold an estimated 1 million units to date, and appears to be struggling to approach its 2 million units break-even threshold. […]
Darksiders II‘s performance and a history of game delays and cancellations leaves us skeptical that THQ can successfully execute its turnaround strategy, which centers on a streamlined release slate. […] If any of THQ’s Q4:13 releases are late, liquidity is likely to be tight by next summer unless either Homefront 2 or the Patrice Désilets game are released by then.”
The post also notes that in August the game was said to have moved 247,000 units. As such, pegging its current sales figures at a million seems like it may be generous, considering that most games’ sales slow to a trickle after the first week of release.