Despite being fairly decent games and the next titles in two series that are fairly well followed, industry analysts say that the sales numbers for both games are way, way down compared to the sales numbers for previous versions.
Is it that that the two game series have simply run their course and those who play them have just had their fill? That is one possible answer.
Another possible and more likely scenario is that with both the Playstation 4 and the Xbox 720 are expected out this year. It seems likely that games that don’t bring an original story to the current gen consoles are just going to suffer.
God of War: Ascension and Gears of War: Judgement sales aren’t just lower than the previous titles in those series. Both of those games are selling at a small fraction of their previous versions.
God of War is estimated to have sold just 360,000 copies in the first month of its release. Compare that to the 2010 release of the previous game which sold 1.1 milli0n copies.
Gears did better and worse by comparison. The newest version sold an estimated 425,000 copies in its first month. That is compared to more than 2 milion copies sold of the previous game in the series.
2013 has been the year of the year of the sequel or the reboot for a couple of other series as well. Tomb Raider was a reboot and BioShock Infinite a sequel and while both of these games did better sales numbers neither did as well as their developers hoped.
It seems likely that if the Gears of War and God of War franchises want to find new energy, they are also going to need to find new life on the new consoles; whenever they’re released.