December 2, 2011
According to a story posted by IndustryGamers, Remedy's 2010 Xbox 360 exclusive Alan Wake sold much better than originally thought. While NPD sales figures currently peg the game at 330K units sold in the US to date (with the number closer to 500K worldwide), those numbers apparently do not factor in digital download sales.
Digital sales matter because a downloadable code for the game was included in a holiday console bundle last year, packaged with a disc copy of Forza Motorsport 3. This year sees a similar bundle on store shelves, which includes a digital code for Halo: Reach and a disc-based version Fable III. However, NPD data has been counting digital sales for Halo Reach, something it hasn't been doing for Alan Wake.
According to IndustryGamers' sources, the digital version of the game accounts for roughly 900K unit sales; almost twice that of the physical version, increasing the sales figures substantially. With physical and digital sales considered, the game's sales are closer to 1.5 million units sold, much more successful that we would've thought.
We've reached out to Microsoft for official confirmation of this story, and are still awaiting a response.
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