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LA Noire Currently Tracking 40% Behind Red Dead Redemption

Posted June 15, 2011 by James Brightman

L.A. Noire has sold around 900,000 units in the U.S. through May, according to NPD data. That's certainly not bad, but if you were expecting the game to live up to the numbers set by Rockstar's previous effort, Red Dead Redemption, you'll be disappointed. Through a comparable time period, Red Dead Redemption had sold 1.5 million, which means L.A. Noire is now tracking behind RDR by about 40%, points out Sterne Agee's Arvind Bhatia.

"RDR has sold through 8.5M units life-to-date. We have assumed L.A. Noire will sell 3.4 to 4.0M units in its life or 50% to 60% below RDR. In other words, the sales trajectory for L.A. Noire (-40% versus RDR) in its first month is right in line with, if not slightly above, our assumptions," Bhatia said.

L.A. Noire has been widely praised for its advances in storytelling and facial animation technology. It's ultimately helping to raise the bar for the industry, and already there are those who are aiming to surpass L.A. Noire impressive tech, such as Quantic Dream's David Cage, who called it an "interesting dead end."

James Brightman has been covering the games industry since 2003 and has been an avid gamer ever since the days of Atari and Intellivision. He was previously the EIC of GameDaily Biz.

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