Nielsen ranks Battlefield 1, Call of Duty as the most anticipated holiday games of 2016

In spite of Infinite Warfare’s YouTube dislikes

The YouTube dislikes don’t seem to be slowing down Call of Duty much.

According to the Nielsen company, Infinite Warfare is tied with Battlefield 1 as the most anticipated game of the holiday season. Followed by that pair is Final Fantasy XV, Batman: Return to Arkham (really? That duo is great, but it’s a re-release), Mafia III, Dead Rising 4, Titanfall 2, and Watch Dogs 2 respectively.

Further breaking it down by console, Paper Mario is pretty much the only exclusive left this year for the Wii U so that makes sense (the same goes for Gears 4 and the Xbox One), but four games made it on the PS4 list — Batman: Arkham VR, Rise of the Tomb Raider, The Last Guardian, and Battlezone. Since this survey was taken before Gravity Rush 2 was delayed, it’s a bummer that it’s nowhere to be found.

If you’re wondering how Nielsen came to these conclusions, you can check out its explanation below. The big takeaway — Batman is still large and in charge.

Holiday 2016 [Nielsen]

“Nielsen Game Rank represents the overall anticipation level among gamers on each platform, based on a combination of several key measures (including awareness, purchase interest, consumer rating and others). The percent value shown reflects how strong the overall anticipation level is for the title, relative to the pre-release anticipation levels of all previous titles that released on the platform(s).

Values shown for multi-platform titles are averages of the values from each release platform. Titles included are those being released between Oct. 1, 2016 – Dec. 31, 2016, that have a Game Rank of 75% or higher. Data was collected by surveying 6,000 gamers age 7 to 54 between Aug. 21, 2016 – Sept. 24, 2016.”

Chris Carter
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