From the earliest announcements of its existence, Batman: Arkham City stood out as one of the most anticipated titles of 2011. But, in a year with Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 on the way, no one knew just how many units all that anticipation would move.
Well, as of this morning, Warner Bros is saying that the Bat-sequel shipped 4.6 million after just a week of availability. For some comparison, the numbers on Gears of War 3 — which Microsoft's treated as a tentpole release — came in north of three million after a week. It's probably a safe bet to anoint Rocksteady's superhero series as the newest member of gaming's mega-franchises. Of course, with such success comes pressure to exceed previous achievements. So, take a nice holiday, Rocksteady guys. All eyes will be on you when you come back to Gotham City.
[NOTE: To clarify, Gears 3 sold three million and Arkham City shipped 4.6 million. Sales numbers weren't divulged.]