2012’s publisher ratings have been, well, published by GfK Chart-Track. The chart, which is a top ten of publishers in terms of how they measure up against each other, doesn’t feature Sony though, despite 2012 being a solid year for the PlayStation 3 (and at least a starter for ten for the PS Vita).
Instead, the list is made up of third party behemoths like EA and Ubisoft, but with the two other platform holders Nintendo and Microsoft both in there despite the latter not having a huge amount of exclusive titles. It seems like Halo 4 and Forza were both hugely lucrative, then, and Nintendo have been clearing up on the 3DS since the year began.
The list in full:
7. Warner Bros
10. Square Enix
EA’s FIFA franchise is clearly the winner here, and it’s not a stretch to assume Call of Duty factored heavily in Activision’s overall position.
It’s evident that whilst Sony’s 2012 might have played host to a couple of true classics, in terms of raw numbers the platform holder simply didn’t cut it. Most first party titles for the PS3 simply just didn’t sell – Starhawk, Wonderbook, Battle Royale, Sorcery and LBP Karting all failed to deliver. Let’s hope that the exclusives lined up for 2013 (at least until mid-year) address the balance a little.