World Tour Outsells Rock Band 2

News flash. The NPD Group have compiled the all-format sales of 2008's biggest music titles, Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band 2, and found that the Activision franchise was the winner.

Combined sales of GHWT were 3.4 million. Combined sales of Rock Band 2? 1.7 million. That's a convenient 2:1 ratio. Why/how did this happen?

Firstly, Guitar Hero is Guitar Hero. You may know that the guys who made the first two Guitar Heroes so great now make Rock Band, but those guys from work who play every Friday night don't know SQUAT.

Secondly, and potentially more telling, Activision had the sense to release World Tour across all four platforms (Wii, 360, PS3 and PS2) at once. Rock Band 2, however, was rolled out gradually, which must have been confusing to the average consumer, not to mention the fact releasing late on PS2 and Wii meant few of those sales would count towards the game's end of year tally.

Guitar Hero World Tour sells 3.4M in '08, Rock Band 2 hits 1.7M [GameSpot][Image]


    Maybe if they released RB2 in Australia AT ALL, the sales might be better. Or you know not region lock the game.

    AND the fact that they released the first rock band over a year late in australia, and thus havent released the sequel over here.

    so they deserve it for being silly about releases.

    Not to mention the fact it's not even out in Australia yet! Bad form, Harmonix.

    MTV Games only have themselves to blame for this. That's right, I said MTV Games, not Harmonix... you know, the publisher... the one who decides when and where the game is released.

    I wanted to get behind World Tour just to spite Rock Band's late release down here, but I just couldn't. Not when Rock Band was/is cheaper and more tightly developed.

    that's a real shame considering that Rock Band is the much more polished game, with what I consider a more rounded song list.
    I've got both games but have only played GHWT a handful of times compared to the countless times I've played rock band1/2

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