The anti-hero has a very large and passionate fan base to the point that the Merc With a Mouth is on the brink of going mainstream. Even actor Ryan Reynolds talks about reprising his role as Deadpool in a hopeful solo movie which will be directed by Tim Miller but is still waiting for a green light from 20th Century Fox.
Getting back to the video game, it seems the buzz surrounding the title couldn't be bigger the weeks before its release. And when it hit store shelves, it flew off them in the first week to the tune of selling just under 100,000 copies in its release week (per VGChartz.com). That was good enough for the Xbox 360 version to land at No. 11 overall on the global game sales chart with the Playstation 3 version landing right behind it at No. 12 overall.
But the buzz didn't last long as the game received scores in the low 60s on MetaCritic.com from the critics, while landing 4 1/2 out of 5 stars by the fans and users on Amazon.com. Despite the great comedy, and a lead character who was fantastically written, the subpar gameplay most likely hurt the game sales.
As weeks went by after the release, the Deadpool game quickly fell off the Top 75 global sales ranking chart after only three weeks on it. Talk about a big letdown for High Moon Studios, who's previous two Transformers video games were both critical and sales hits. (At least comparatively speaking.)
As of the publishing of this article, the Deadpool game has only sold approximately 180,000 copies (90k copies on PS3, 90k on 360) since it came out. That's globally and only 80,000 copies sold since its initial release week sales. Yikes. Granted that translates into $9 million in sales at $50 per game but High Moon Studios cannot be happy with those numbers.
For a quick comparison, the DC video game Injustice: Gods Among Us has sold over 700,000 copies but it has also been out for two months longer. Still, between these two games that is still a huge difference in copies sold.
This holiday season should help the game's sales and numbers but as of right now the game looks to be more of a flop than as big of a hit fans might have expected before it came out.
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(Editorial Note: High Moon Studios was not contacted for this column.)