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August 13th, 2011, 10:35
So how much did the game sell? The question can finally be answered.The data was taken from the website gamrreview.com which gets its data from vgchartz.com. I know people say vgchartz isn't accurate but its the best we have since Bioware wont release sale figures. The PC sales are off considering most dont count digital sales.

Total sales of both games as of July 22nd:
DAO 3.79 million, .39 million PC
DA2 1.45 million, .29 million PC

A better comparison is the first ten weeks following launch of the games. DAO had already sold 2.5 million, and DA2 barely made half that.

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There you go. Is the game a success as Bioware and EA claim it is? Whats your opinion?

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August 13th, 2011, 13:01
Not surprising, in my circle of friends we bought 3 copies of DA but no copies of DA2. Ultimately DA2 might have been more profitable due to the obvious fact that far less work went into it.

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August 13th, 2011, 15:12
The PC sales one is quite odd in my book.

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August 13th, 2011, 16:18
Da2 sold fairly well during the first couple of weeks because it was a sequel to orgins. The mere name Dragon Age sold despite the bad user scores and average press reviews. Da2 was developped in less than 2 years. So even if it wasn't a massive hit like orgins, it wasn't a total failure either.

So Dragon age 2 didn't flop, but we all know how controversial the game's reception was and how cold it left older bioware fans. In the long term for a studio like bioware they can't addord to make games that make mere decent profit. They'll have to score big time with ME3 and swtor if they wish to keep making AAA-games.
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August 13th, 2011, 17:55
It was probably a commercial success, but if the trends shown in the graphs are correct the alarm bells must be ringing at both Bio and EA. Their cunning plan failed miserable, they're damaged a strong brand instead.
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August 13th, 2011, 21:48
This is weird.
If we can believe the general integrity of these graphs at least somewhat, it would ultimately be quite ironic that while the title has undoubtedly been "consolized" for greater accessibility to that particular market - the console sales for Origins was better and for DA2 was worse..
LOL

They still made a ton of money on it, I wouldnt consider it a financial fail, but as mentioned earlier in the thread - they lost respect from a lot of people w/ DA2. It wasnt by any means universally despised, but they lost some geek rep that's for sure w/ the cheap recycling and game padding tactics.
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August 13th, 2011, 21:55
Originally Posted by xSamhainx View Post
This is weird.
If we can believe the general integrity of these graphs at least somewhat, it would ultimately be quite ironic that while the title has undoubtedly been "consolized" for greater accessibility to that particular market - the console sales for Origins was better and for DA2 was worse..
LOL
Yes I agree because if you go by what Bioware said the game was targeted for consoles more and it sold less than Origins. Though the PC sales remained the same you can see why the consoles get more attention.

Remember Bioware said something about 2 million shipped not sold. We will still get more dlc and a part 3 but there probably going to be more cautious next time. We know the next game will definitely be like DA2 though as they say its the series direction.

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August 13th, 2011, 23:45
I could maybe see those PC numbers because more people are buying games digitally even vs a year or so prior and Steam pushed DA2, as they do with all new releases, when it came out. However, given the current situation between EA and Valve I don't think DA3 is likely to get a boost from Steam at all.

Obviously the console numbers (the ones they really care about) are lackluster so I think they got the message, even if they refuse to acknowledge that.
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August 14th, 2011, 01:03
Originally Posted by xSamhainx View Post
This is weird.
If we can believe the general integrity of these graphs at least somewhat, it would ultimately be quite ironic that while the title has undoubtedly been "consolized" for greater accessibility to that particular market - the console sales for Origins was better and for DA2 was worse..
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That would actually be normal, DAO wasn't liked on the console and most people who bought it didn't bother buying DA2 just because of that.
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August 14th, 2011, 01:17
Originally Posted by azarhal View Post
That would actually be normal, DAO wasn't liked on the console and most people who bought it didn't bother buying DA2 just because of that.
But this isnt a one month poll? If people found that it was a good game on the consoles they would have bought it after the initial inaction.
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August 16th, 2011, 16:17
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The PC sales one is quite odd in my book.
For me, too.

The PC sales = fine
The console sales = bad

How odd !

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August 16th, 2011, 16:21
Originally Posted by Alrik Fassbauer View Post
For me, too.

The PC sales = fine
The console sales = bad

How odd !
Not really nobody counts the digital sales. The numbers are based off retail box copy's so the consoles at least cant be wrong. Bioware even stated at least 2 million were shipped.

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August 17th, 2011, 12:02
Originally Posted by azarhal View Post
That would actually be normal, DAO wasn't liked on the console and most people who bought it didn't bother buying DA2 just because of that.
How do you come to the conclusion that a game that sold nearly 3.5 million copies on consoles wasn't liked?
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August 18th, 2011, 14:31
I'm gonna wait for this to hit $20 then they will get another sale.
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August 18th, 2011, 23:04
Here's a related question I don't know the answer to:

Did Bioware promote DA2 the way they pushed DA:O? I remember seeing many TV ads for DA:O, and I do not remember seeing a single one for DA2.

I am a sporadic TV watcher and very well may have missed them. But I don't remember seeing any ads at all for DA2. This could have something to do with sales, especially to a crowd not tuned in to the RPG/fantasy genre.

Anyone?
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August 20th, 2011, 06:20
My guess is that Da2 was a huge succsess in the eyes of Ea as they probably spent less then 1/4 of Da:0's budget and saw about half of its returns.
I expect this sort of cashgrab to follow every future succsess of a Bioware franchise.
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January 8th, 2013, 20:18
Originally Posted by Ovenall View Post
Did Bioware promote DA2 the way they pushed DA:O? I remember seeing many TV ads for DA:O, and I do not remember seeing a single one for DA2.

I am a sporadic TV watcher and very well may have missed them. But I don't remember seeing any ads at all for DA2. This could have something to do with sales, especially to a crowd not tuned in to the RPG/fantasy genre.
It's been a while, but I think they had a TV ad for DA2. At least there are copies out on YouTube. I also remember seeing some trailers for DA2 on some gaming web sites.
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January 8th, 2013, 22:04
Originally Posted by JemyM View Post
The PC sales one is quite odd in my book.
This was one of the last EA games released on Steam, in fact that's where I bought it.

As neither Steam nor Origin publicly disclose sales information, there is no way to know the number of PC digital download sales. Depending on how many people bought digital copies, the PC number should be significantly higher than what's listed on vgchartz.
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