Rayman Origins is an excellent game. In fact, it’s one of the best games we’ve seen this year – and there’s a lot of contenders. And whilst games like Call of Duty sells millions in a matter of days, Rayman has sold just 50,000 copies across all three platforms since its release four weeks ago – in the US at least.
Origins didn’t even reach the Top 40 chart here in the UK in release week.
So, what’s the reason for the poor sales? Could it be the crowded November release window pushing sales elsewhere, the lack of advertising, or just that disc-based 2D platformers have gone well and truly out of style?
It’s not easy to judge that, but there’s little reason to expect another Rayman game like Origins – at least not a retail game – after this harsh blow.
We reviewed Rayman Origins and thought extremely highly of it – giving it a 9/10, describing it as “ultimately a step forward from the genre” and saying that it “puts Sonic in his place”. However, Sonic did much better, managing to chart in the top 10 in the UK chart.