United Kingdom sales figures for last week are rolling in Monday, and it's not looking good for Sony's mascot brawler.
"Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale" placed in 38th position for the week behind new releases "Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two" in 34th place and even Activision's licensed "Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse" in 35th position. It's an absolutely dismal outing for the fighter, which was billed as Sony's answer to Nintendo's insanely popular "Super Smash Bros." series.
The week's other major release, "Hitman: Absolution" came in second -- the top debut for IO Interactive's stealth-action series. Agent 47's previous best debut was "Hitman: Blood Money" in 2006 at fifth place.
"Call of Duty Black Ops 2" remained the most popular game in the UK during the week, despite an 87 percent drop in sales from the previous week. Despite its huge opening week, it failed to match sales of the original "Black Ops," but is tracking 15 percent ahead of last year's "Modern Warfare 3."
While the sales figures are for only one small territory in Europe, it's alarming for Sony, which was relying on "Battle Royale" to anchor its dismal holiday lineup. Unlike in years past, neither Insomniac Games nor Naughty Dog had flagship titles for release. The former is working on "Overstrike" for EA, while Naughty Dog is finishing up "The Last of Us" for some time in 2013.