Pachter: Mafia II not likely to be profitable

Take-Two's title gets whacked at retail

While Red Dead is still setting UK retail shelves ablaze, ranking No. 3 according to recent statistics from GfK Chart Track, Take-Two will find little redemption in its latest title, the oft-delayed Mafia II.

Research firm Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter told Gamasutra that he anticipates Take-Two will take a hit on its free-roaming mobster title. With six years in development, we believe the game is unlikely to achieve profitability, Pachter said.

Pachter cites a sub-par critical reception and low consumer interest as being the two largest factors for Mafia II's lacklustre retail performance. As the analyst notes, the games position has dropped in many best-seller lists in its first week.

Currently, Mafia II sits at a Metacritic score of 74, which the site deems mixed or average".

While Pachter asserts that Mafia II's numerous delays and protracted development cycles will make the title unprofitable, Take-Two claims that giving its studios more leeway with their games is the key to high-quality titles. The publisher recently delayed both L.A. Noire and Max Payne 3.

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