M-rated Games See Declining Numbers, Rising Revenues in 2007

Though fewer mature-rated console games were released in 2007 than the previous year, revenue for those titles far exceeded those sold in 2006, Next-Gen reports.

An examination of data provided by the sales tracking firm NPD reveals that the number of released titles stamped with an M for Mature rating fell 14% in 2007 versus the previous year. Revenue from those sales, meanwhile, jumped from $800 million in 2006 to $1.4 billion in 2007.

Three key titles explain the boost in sales: Ubisoft Montreal's Assassin's Creed (PS3, X360), Bungie's Halo 3 (X360) and Infinity Ward's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PC, PS3, X360). Together, the games sold a combined 11.7 million units in 2007 across all platforms, accounting for a minimum of $700 million in revenue for the year.

The report suggests that if it wasn't for those three titles, revenue for M-rated games may have dropped below 2006 figures. Only one M-rated title placed within the top 10 of 2006's best-selling console games by revenue: Epic Games' Gears of War, which ranked 7th.

While 2008 boasts some very important M-rated console releases such as Epic Games' Gears of War 2 (X360), Kojima Productions' Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3) and others, the industry will likely continue to rake in the majority of its revenue from E- and T-rated console titles, which accounted for roughly 78% of sales in 2007.

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    March 11, 2008 8:11 PM

    well lah-dee-FRICKIN-DAH!!

    I'm curious as to why this is a news item? Also, I'm shocked you forgot the biggest M-Rated game coming out. GoW2, might be able to compete against it, but MGS isn't even in the same ballgame as GTA IV

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      March 11, 2008 8:54 PM

      yeah, it's really motivating to read about the executives thinking that the only "good" games are on the NPD top ten, and the rest are all crap because they didn't sell over 65K units this month.

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      March 11, 2008 11:12 PM

      it's news worthy in my eyes... pointing out trends in the industry that aren't obvious to most of us.

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      March 12, 2008 10:31 AM

      It is news because the MONEY PEOPLE in games only want to push TEEN rated games because they think TEEN rated games sell better, but they are FUCKING IDIOTS.

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