Next week at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, we'll get a very good idea where video gaming will be going for the rest of the year. But that hasn't stopped one particular analyst from already calling 2017's big winner – Call of Duty: WWII.
"Call of Duty: World War II will be the quarter's best-selling game, with sales growing more than 25 percent versus last year's Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare," he noted.
In addition, he also made the following predictions:
- At least 4 titles will achieve $100 million or more in Q4 packaged consumer sales.
- The top 5 selling games this Q4 will combine to generate at least 20 percent more packaged consumer revenues than the top 5 one year ago.
- This year's top 5 selling games of Q4 will be Call of Duty: WWII, Star Wars Battlefront II, NBA 2K18, Super Mario Odyssey and Destiny 2.
- By the end of Q4, approximately 320 packaged titles will reach retail shelves, up from 271 a year ago, and up from the 21stcentury low of 230 games in 2015.
- At year's end, the time-aligned installed base of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will exceed that of the PlayStation 2 and Xbox by 5 percent, and will be ahead of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 by at least 25 percent.
- Sales of portable hardware and software will be down by at least 40 percent versus Q4 2016.
- At least 90 percent of Q4 packaged software sales will come from the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch.
These are some pretty bold predictions, and he also made note that the Nintendo Switch was "off to an amazing start," but was concerned about the future of its online services, which won't even launch until sometime in 2018. Nevertheless, he remained hopeful that the market will be competitive between that, PlayStation 4 and the Project Scorpio.
Be sure to read Max's full thoughts here…and let's see what E3 brings next week!