Cowen & Company analyst Doug Creutz has significantly reduced his calendar fourth quarter US sales forecast for Medal of Honor: Warfighter based on "apparent gamer disinterest" since E3.
In a research note distributed this week, Cowen said he now expects US sell-through of 1.4 million Xbox 360 and PS3 units in the December quarter, down from the company's prior projection of 2.3 million.
"This is based on a very soft performance since E3 in Amazon's top-selling game rankings compared to other recent titles," he explained.
"We think the most likely culprit for apparent gamer disinterest is the poor quality of the last Medal of Honor title in 2010."
2010's series reboot received mixed ratings, the PS3 version narrowly beating the Xbox 360 and PC editions with a Metascore of 75. We gave the game an 8.3/10 in our Medal of Honor review. The title went on to sell over five million copies.
It's probably fair to say that this year's EA entry in the military FPS battle with Call of Duty seems to have been flying under the radar a little bit, with Battlefield 3 continuing to make more headlines a full nine months after it hit shelves.
That said, EA's slowly beginning to hype up Danger Close's game a little ahead of an October 23 Medal Of Honor: Warfighter release date. Most recently it has begun to show of the shooter's multiplayer features.