These Are The Most Pre-Ordered Games Coming Later This Year

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Riley the Dog in 'Call of Duty Ghosts'

This time last year Halo 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Assassin’s Creed III were topping the video game pre-order charts, but with the range of exciting new games on the way it’s time to take a close look at which titles that are set for release over the rest of 2013 have convinced gamers to start putting down their cash early.

Pre-order bonuses for some of the games have already been announced, such as the bonus “Free Fall” map for Call of Duty: Ghosts, the Upper Echelon edition of Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and the Commander-in-Chief edition, complete with the ‘Merica Gun and Uncle Sam suit, of Saints Row IV. There are plenty of perks to be had when pre-ordering games, and we can now get an idea of which titles are currently winning in the race for pre-order sales.

CVG has released a ranking of the most pre-ordered games to come this year, based on research conducted by data analysis firm Cowen and Co., and despite the ribbing that Infinity Ward has received for putting Riley the Dog at the centre of the promotion for Call of Duty: Ghosts, the canine comrade seems to have won gamers over. Call of Duty: Ghosts is ranked in the number 1 spot with a score of 73, though Cowen analyst Doug Creutz pointed out that the next installment is still under-performing in comparison to Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.

Perhaps one of the more surprising entries on the list is Ubisoft’s new vigilante hacker game Watch Dogs, which is ranked as the second most pre-ordered game of late 2013 with a score of 69.6. Though Watch Dogs does look great based on the gameplay footage so far, the IP is so far untested and it’s impressive that Ubisoft has garnered so many pre-orders for it without an existing fan base.

With that in mind, Watch Dogs is most likely in third place, not second place, since Creutz emphasizes that the list only reflects sales made since E3 2013. This means that the ranking for Grand Theft Auto V, which is in third place with a score of 58.4 but has been available for pre-order since November 2012, is likely to be very inaccurate (Cowen states that all other projections are between 96 and 97 percent accurate). Grand Theft Auto V may well turn out to have even more pre-orders than both Watch Dogs and Call of Duty: Ghosts.

Grand Theft Auto 5 Weapon and Vehicle Customization

Battlefield 4 is, somewhat appropriately, in fourth place on the list, and the highest PlayStation 4 exclusive, Killzone: Shadow Fall, is ranked slightly above the best-scoring Xbox One exclusive, Forza 5. Check out the list of the top 20 most pre-ordered games below to see if your most highly-anticipated game made the cut:

  1. Call of Duty: Ghosts (73)
  2. Watch Dogs (69.6)
  3. Grand Theft Auto V (58.4)
  4. Battlefield 4 (54.7)
  5. Killzone: Shadow Fall (30.3)
  6. Assassin’s Creed IV (29.2)
  7. Forza 5 (18.8)
  8. Diablo III (18.2)
  9. Batman: Arkham Origins (17.2)
  10. Dead Rising 3 (15.0)
  11. Ryse (13.2)
  12. Saints Row IV (10.1)
  13. Knack (7.7)
  14. Gran Turismo 6 (5.0)
  15. Beyond: Two Souls (3.3)
  16. Wolfenstein: The New Order (3.2)
  17. Drive Club (3.0)
  18. Splinter Cell: Blacklist (2.9)
  19. The Bureau: Xcom Declassified (0.4)
  20. South Park: The Stick of Truth (0.2)

Let us know which games you’ve pre-ordered or are planning to pre-order this year in the comments. Alternatively, if you never pre-order games then tell us what puts you off the idea.


Source: Cowen and Co. [via CVG]

TAGS: Assassin's Creed 4, Batman Arkham Origins, Battlefield 4, Beyond Two Souls, Call of Duty Ghosts, Dead Rising 3, Diablo 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Gran Turismo 6, Grand Theft Auto 5, Killzone Shadow Fall, Knack, PC, PS4, Ryse, Saints Row 4, South Park, Splinter Cell Blacklist, The Bureau, Watch Dogs, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Xbox One

  • Dante

    Y’know it’s very funny that South Park is so low on the list – I had it preordered before all the kerfuffle with THQ – wonder how many folks are even aware it still exists?

    Also of note – AC4 at number 6 – honestly after that disaster AC3 I thought it’d be lower on the list, I won’t preorder another AC game.

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  • luis

    ghost and bf4 for ps4

  • Alex

    I’ve never pre-ordered a game in my life… until Grand Theft Auto V peaked my interest. I don’t know, there is something about that game that looks really intriguing. I’m definitely looking forward to this game once it comes out.

  • Jesus

    I’m shocked by the chart but I per-ordered GTA V cause that’s the only game that seems to keep my interest well and BF 4. COD Ghost doesn’t seem to impress me one bit.

    • Narte

      But… Fish Ai…
      Who needs Bf4’s super dynamic wave-sync environment when we have fish ai?

      • Rob Keyes

        Haha, fish AI. I love it!

  • Cariannis

    Diablo III at 8 really? That game was such a disappointment. Ryse at 11 do people know that its become a QTE game now?

    • Rob Keyes

      BUT it’s going to be super fun as a couch co-op console game with its redesigned control scheme, view point and interface. That’s like the best-selling PC game ever so I totally understand why console gamers are interested.

      • Cariannis

        The 360/X1/PS3/4 version doesn’t look to have upgraded the graphics at all. The game was short. Extremely short compared to the amount of time that should have been put into this game. The skill system is very basic and overly simplified. The AH ruined the main reason to play Diablo funny enough the console version won’t have an AH. Where are the randomly generated dungeons? They were placed in different spots but the dungeons weren’t random. Diablo 3 is the second biggest disappointing sequel I’ve ever played.

  • Blake S

    GTA V is the only game on this list I have preordered. I’m really looking forward to the new Batman, and I have so much faith in Parker/Stone and know South Park will be fun. Watch Dogs looks very awesome, but I’m surprised, with all of the franchises filling up this list, that an original game is that high up. I have lost interest in the COD games. Rockstar actually cares about increasing quality with each input into the GTA series. They are not just rereleasing GTA IV with dogs included…

  • AskACapper

    Hello, The problem with pre ordering is the new consoles. I want a digital day 1 download on PS4 so I can’t pre order many games yet. I’m getting BF4 & CoD Ghost but digitally.

  • 1015

    Why Ghosts is #1 is beyond me. It’s not so much the cut and paste gameplay (however annoying that also may be) as the fact that it looks graphically worse than previous installments. If I get BF4 for christmas I will play it simply because of the Frostbite 3 graphics, but COD: Ghosts is a regift. I cannot wait for Arkham Origins, GTA V, and Watch_Dogs, though.

  • Chris

    I’m glad saints row 4 is as high it is for all the complaining against saints row 3. I wish assassins creed 4 and batman were higher.

  • ChrisTypeR

    A surprise about watch dogs?? It’s a launch title for two next gen consoles and the only next gen game I’ve seen so far worth the money. COD will be the same garbage and I’ve pre ordered GTA V – first ever game I’ve pre-ordered in 35 years. I think either your stats are wrong or more GTA gamers will take the risk. GTA will outsell COD over time

  • dan

    Nothing up about Rainbow 6 Patriots? I thought it looked compelling. Guess it’s really flying under the radar.

    • 1015

      You don’t know? Ubisoft is re-branding it and is making it next-gen, so they took down the preorders. It’s probably not Patriots anymore.

      • dan

        Hmmm. Shame. I was looking forward to it. Thanks for the update though.

  • Calvin M

    No KHIII?
    Gamers, I am disappoint.

  • polokem

    I truly expected GTA V to be at the top. The news that R* is bringing back features from San Andreas should definitely get people exci….Whataminute, is that the new Call of Duty? IS THAT THE NEW CALL OF DUTY?!?!? MUST HAVE THE NEW CALL OF DUTY RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!

  • ultimaterambo

    the hell? COD Ghosts? yeah right…