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Enslaved fails to meet sales targets

Namco fears Majin, Splatterhouse flops too.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West has fallen short of Namco Bandai's sales targets.

Andriasang reports that the publisher had hoped Ninja Theory's action epic would have shifted a million units by now, but it has only managed 800,000.

And that's only the start of Namco's woes. Its latest financial report reveals that Dead to Rights Retribution has sold only half of the 700,000 units anticipated, while movie tie-in Clash of the Titans struggled to 250,000 - well shy of the 750,000 hoped for.

The publisher is also bracing itself for lackluster sales of yet-to-be-released titles Splatterhouse and Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom. It had hoped both would top the million mark but now expects to move 350,000 of the former and 300,000 of the latter.

The only rays of sunlight appear to come courtesy of the well-worn Naruto and Ben 10 franchises. Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 and Ben 10 Ultimate Alien Cosmic Destruction both exceeded expectations.

All things considered, this is sad news – Eurogamer thoroughly enjoyed Enslaved and Majin was shaping up very nicely last time we checked.

Both Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom and Splatterhouse launch on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 26th November.

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