The controversial Left Behind Eternal Forces may not be a very good game (GameSpot gave it a 3.4), but a leading financial analyst expects it to turn a profit and generate a sequel.
Michael Pachter, Managing Director of Research for Wedbush Morgan Securities, told GamePolitics that it’s tougher than normal to track Left Behind’s numbers due to its unusual sales channel:
Tough to answer on Left Behind (sales figures), since the developers relied heavily on distribution through Christian bookstores, and my guess is that most of them don’t report to the NPD Group.
I’d venture a guess that the game sold quite well (at least 200,000 units), and that it will continue to sell well, particularly overseas. I don’t think that the controversy had any impact on consumers who frequent Christian bookstores…
And I think that there will be a sequel if the developers broke even or generated a profit (they should have been profitable at 200,000 units), since the book series is so deep.