Creutz also lowers hopes of BioWare's upcoming Dragon Age: Origins by 550,000, bringing it under 1.5 million copies sold. Need for Speed: Shift won't reach a million within a year.
"We continue to believe that EA has largely missed this console cycle, and despite recent speculation, we believe it is highly unlikely that EA will be an acquisition target due to a variety of factors," wrote Cowan and Company analyst Doug Creutz.
Dragon Age: Origins, Dead Space: Extraction and Need for Speed: Shift will all under perform in sales predicts the analyst. However The Beatles Rock Band will outsell Guitar Hero 5 in the US, shifting 3.5 million copies in the region. Rock Band 2 will manage 2.2 million.
Not the cheery optimism EA was likely hoping for. Analysts - what a bunch of downers.